Although our favorite artists have been keeping our playlists stacked with great music throughout the various stages of quarantine/lockdown this year, we're always excited to interject someone new into the rotation. Wyn Starks is the latest up-and-comer to grab our attention with his debut EP Who I Am.
The Minneapolis-bred artist was raised on a musical diet of gospel hymns, pop hits and classic soul, and it shows. "I've always loved incorporating the sounds I grew up with into the music I'm making," Wyn explains. "But I'm not trying to sound like anyone else. I'm only interested in sounding like me." Who I Am accomplishes this goal by introducing his incredible talent to the world.
Produced by Josh Bronleewe and Fred Williams, the five-song collection showcases Starks' songwriting abilities as well as his vocal dexterity. Album opener "Circles" is a romantic power ballad that mixes contemporary pop with old-school soul. He continues the retro feel with modern appeal on "Dancing My Way" – an infectious bop with energetic visuals that highlight his dancing skills. As he downshifts the tempo for "Sunday Morning," the breezy groove gives us all the feels with soaring strings and vintage horns.
Who I Am owes its throwback appeal to vibrant arrangements layered with piano, organ, bass handclaps, tambourine and streetcorner harmonies. But Mr. Starks has something more up his sleeve. Perhaps the most forward-leaning song in the set, "Split In Two" offers a bolder, edgier sound, accented by robust instrumentals, as Wyn sings about a failing relationship. The album closes with "Who I Am," a title track that inspires the listener while putting his impressive multi-octave range on display.
Scroll down to preview Wyn's debut, along with the video for "Split In Two" and the lyric video for the title track. Afterwards, be sure to support this rising artist by downloading a copy of Who I Am and keeping up with him on Twitter and IG.