A new chord has been struck in R&B/Soul thanks to Akon’s “secret weapon” Gypsy Stokes. The Grammy nominated writer, singer and producer announced the official release of his two singles, “On The Low” and “Rider” today. Gypsy is prepping for debut album on Konvict Muzik this Fall and has worked with artists including India.Arie, Akon and mega-platinum producer, Dr. Dre.
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Konvict Muzik Recording Artist Gypsy Stokes Releases Debut Singles
Grammy Nominated R&B/Pop Sensation Debuts Smash Hits, “On the Low” and “Rider”
A new chord has been struck in R&B by none other than Konvict Muzik’s latest act, Gypsy Stokes. The Grammy nominated writer, singer and producer announced the release of his two smash singles, “On the Low” and “Rider” from his debut album scheduled to release this Fall. The Memphis native, who has worked with artists including India.Arie, Akon and Rock City to name a few, is leading a new era of artists with “Alternative Street Soul” – a genre self-proclaimed by Gypsy and rightfully so.
Gypsy was born with music in his blood. Although he never grew up knowing his biological father, the city of Memphis would not let him forget as his father was an acclaimed guitarist, hailed throughout the Southern music world. His mother enrooted music in him at an early age, introducing his ears to artists such as Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, DeBarge and Prince. By the age of 8, Gypsy began to experiment with music, learning how to play the piano and by the age of 13 learning to play the drums. Gypsy began cultivating his innate musical abilities eventually enrolling in the prestigious Berklee College of Music and touring with artists such as Speech of the Grammy Award winning group Arrested Development and Outkast’s Sleepy Brown.
Gypsy relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where he began producing hits for artists including but not limited to Sy Smith, India.Arie and Anthony David. However, it was an introduction from an A&R in 2007 with megastar Akon that sealed Gypsy’s fate in true fairytale fashion.
“I got a call from an A&R wanting me to help write this record for ‘Kon,” states Gypsy. “I played my demoed version and ‘Kon couldn’t believe it was me singing. He told me to keep the record for myself as an artist, a Konvict Muzik artist.”
Since signing to Konvict Muzik, the young star has been working on his debut album, which has yet to be titled. From the project, Gypsy has released the first two singles, “On the Low” and “Rider” which has already began impacting radio.
“This project is definitely an International album,” says Gypsy. “The singles, ‘On the Low’ and ‘Rider’ are just a taste of what to expect with my debut. It’s like a Gumbo. There’s going to be elements of Soul, R&B, Pop, Electro and Alternative – different genres that I have learned to appreciate over the years.”
Gypsy is planning to reciprocate that appreciation in the near future with the development of his own label, Street Soul International.
“I have a couple of artists that I’m in the works of developing at the moment,” remarks Gypsy. “Street Soul is an international movement that I can’t wait to share with the world. But it has to happen one step at a time.”
Standing at 6’2”, Gypsy already seems larger than life. With an out-of-this-world sound, innovative lyrics and authentic talent, Gypsy will not rest until the world knows his name. If the past is indicative of the future, then his music will leave the heart, mind and soul of the world spellbound.
For more information, please visit: www.gypsystokes.com.