I-Kay started at the age of seven watching a Michael Jackson video (thriller of course!), singing along to it his mum walks into the room and says "you've gotta beautiful voice".
From then he’s been hooked on expressing himself vocally and that’s where his journey began. At secondary school at the age of 13, I-Kay and a good friend called Janan decided to form a group, called JD & I later known as Forte, with two other members called De-u and Alex Beresford now an ITV weather presenter.
Throughout the eight year period the group experienced the ups and downs, smiles and frowns that came with the music industry, from performing as the support act for Dru Hill at Bristol’s Colston Hall to performing in a back street club to a crowd of ten people. I-Kay has always had offers to go solo for other projects by different companies like L.E.T Management (Cleopatra), Riddem Records (Fresh Blood), Random Records (Lynden David Hall), Cent Records (Jamie Pearce) and Relentless Records (Joss Stone). Even though these were great offers I-Kay felt that he wasn’t ready at the time because he had a lot of growing up to do and being in the group helped him learn and grow as an artist, an experience he'll never forget!!!
For the past 7 years I-Kay has been going it alone and focusing on his solo career – and BOY he’s doing very well.
Firstly I-Kay went to Sweden for eleven month and worked with a production company called Base Camp, where they penned and recorded 40 songs with a producer called Mustodamus.
“I love capturing emotions and experiences on paper, whether "good or bad, happy or sad I-Kay told us. “It’s a blessing to be able to do that. Writing for other artists is another edge to me. I’m also quite versatile and have been working with different Drum & Bass producers for a while.”
Recent artist I-Kay has work with are: Danny Byrd (Hospital records), Lomax (Ram records) and Xample (Ram records) and Sigma (Breakbeat chaos) Tantrum desire (Techniqueï»¿ Recordings). He was featured on Danny Byrds album called SUPERSIZED and co wrote and featured on several tracks. One in particular called RED MIST which was very successful becoming No 1 on the UK Dance Charts in 2009. The same track also appeared within computer games, DJ HERO and MIDNIGHT CLUB LA, and also on the sound track for the film DEAD MAN RUNNING.
I-Kay also featured in the 2010 smash hit called ILL BEHAVIOUR which went to number 36 in the UK singles chart and number 7 in the dance charts. He’s also appeared in a huge track called REMEMBER with Lomax and Xample (Loadstar) and also RAPIDAS released in 2010.
Vocally, I-Kay gets his influences from the likes of Joe, Donnell Jones, Stevie Wonder, and many more great vocalists. Emotion and delivery are what his vocals are about and he admits to be learning more and more as he continues on this journey.
I also love performing because it gives me a chance to loose myself and it feels like I’m FLYING!!! As an artist and an individual I am open to new ideas for the future.
"I thank God for the opportunity to do what I do and I feel truly blessed" - I-Kay
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