Introducing Myko “Give It 2 U” – (Thomas Jones, NY Jets, Outta Pocket Ent, & SRC Records/Universal Motown)
As a direct influence of trailblazers before him, trend-setting Atlanta native Myko is on his way to becoming an Urban Pop star. The young singer/songwriter has strived to share his electric soulfulness with the world, and is on the way to that goal. In 2007, Myko’s tireless work paid off when he was discovered by Pro Bowl running back Thomas Jones of the New York Jets. Jones’ strong belief in Myko as an artist led to signing him as the lead artist for his record label, Outta Pocket Entertainment. Soon after, Myko recorded and released his hot single “Late Night Creep,” which is produced by Static Major, and is steadily gaining play on the radio and in clubs around Atlanta.
In his hometown of Atlanta, Myko has been received well by industry veterans and fans alike. Usually performing at events that predominantly feature Hip Hop artists, Myko often surprises people with his ability to serve R&B with a swagger that rivals any rapper. “Most of the showcases in Atlanta are pretty much rap-based so when I come in and start singing, it’s like a shock,” said Myko. “ People are just sitting there looking at me quietly until the show is over, and later they’re like, ‘Man, I enjoyed that. You’re hot.’ It just works for me,” Myko continued.
Myko’s signing style stems from a passion for true soul and R&B, with legends like Al Green, The Chi-Lites, The Stylistics and The Delfonics deeply influencing his early work. Initially, Myko started as a pure R&B singer, and transitioned into his unique style of Urban Pop fusion after being exposed to various forms of music.
“I feel like going with Outta Pocket was a great move,” says Myko. “With my work ethic, we’re going to achieve a lot and there are great things to come in the future. There are people I know that have talent that I’d be interested in bringing into the music game, but ‘everything in due time’ is the way I see it. As long as my situation works out, then we can open up doors for somebody else. In the future I see Outta Pocket being a brand, not just in the music game but in film too.”
As things pick up on the business end for Myko, with “Late Night Creep” garnering heavier spins at radio, the video debut, promo tours and more, he realizes that there has to be a balance for his art. His album is coming together with a host of talented contributors, including the amazing production on “Late Night Creep” from Static Major, who sadly passed away in February 2008. “I look at it as an honor to have Static’s work on my album since I was a big fan of Static coming from when he had ‘Cheers 2 U’ with Playa. I got a chance to meet his family and speak to people whose lives he affected. I try to pay homage to the song and situation every time I get a chance to perform it,” said Myko.
Myko is currently working on finishing his debut album, Options and is working with notables such as Atlanta’s B-Rock on the track “Spend This Bread” featuring Rick Ross; Virginia producer Bink (known for his work with Jay-Z, Freeway, Amerie and most recently Rick Ross “Shinin” from the Trilla LP) on several songs including “Heaven” and “My Baby’s Got It;” Grammy Award winner Khao (T.I. “Why You Wanna”) and Toxic. Songwriter Jason Desrouleaux, who worked recently with Bad Boy artist Donnie Klang, Lil Wayne and Bettie Wright, has been working alongside Myko as well.
At the end of the day, Myko wants people to think of him as an artist that provides good music that is a combination of old school R&B perfectly fused with a new feel and style.