JHYVE

Smooth-singing, rising Canadian R&B star has had a bounce-back year.

MICHAEL HOLLETT ( he/ him)

2021-11-16T08:00:00.0000000Z

2021-11-16T08:00:00.0000000Z

Toronto Star

https://communitynews.pressreader.com/article/283515094152902

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SOUND “I sing my own special brand of sad boy R&B, but recently it’s broadened.” DRAKE/WEEKND FACTOR “The bigger an object gets, the bigger its gravity field gets. There’s a kind of gravity those artists have that pulls other artists in, whether they’re aware of it or not “I spent the first eight years trying to be the next Drake; now, I’m trying to find a path and thing of my own.” AWARDS JUNO, 2018: nominated for best R&B artist, lost to Daniel Cesar: “I watched all the momentum evaporate over the next six months.” CBC Search Light, 2021: Ironically sad song, Down, penned in dark post-JUNO days, restarts career. Allan Slaight Master Class, 2021: “I didn’t expect to learn so much. It’s been a game-changer.” LISTENING NOW “New Kanye, new Drake, James Blake, ignorant trap shit, MMYYKK (neo-soul), Japanese pop from the ’90s (rooted in smooth jazz), Tems, Frank Ocean.” LISTENING THEN (influenced by St. Kittsborn parents: DJ dad, gospel-loving mom) “Barry White, Anita Baker, Montel Jordan, SWV, Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, Curt Franklin, Byron Lee, Bob Marley.” WATCHING “Squid Game, One Punch Man (anime).”

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