Mikky Ekko

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Mikky Ekko
Birth name John Stephen Sudduth
Born (1984-12-17) December 17, 1984 (age 29)
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Genres Indie pop, alternative, pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter, record producer
Labels RCA
Associated acts Rihanna, French Montana, David Guetta
Website www.mikkyekko.com

Mikky Ekko (born John Stephen Sudduth; December 17, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer from Louisiana, signed to RCA Records.[1][2] He is best known for being featured on Rihanna's 2013 single "Stay", which has charted in multiple countries worldwide, becoming Ekko's first-charting material.

Early life[edit]

Born John Stephen Sudduth in Louisiana, Mikky Ekko had a restless childhood, moving around America's deep south with his preacher father (John Sudduth) and mother (Karen Sudduth) along with his two younger siblings, Kirk and Joanna. Having settled briefly in Tupelo, Mississippi and absorbed as much gospel as he could, he relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, and started playing in bands.[1] Mikky Ekko began working as a songwriter for other artists, but realized that he wanted to be a singer himself. He released his first EP, "Strange Fruit" (produced by Tim Lauer) on February 15, 2009 containing the first songs he’d written by himself, most of them a capella. Ekko says of his location, Nashville, United States[2][3] "fortunate to be in a city that’s so loving and hospitable." From September 2009, he toured with the Nashville-based collective group, Ten Out of Tenn.[4]

Career[edit]

2008-12: Career beginnings[edit]

In 2009 he partnered with producer Tim Lauer and engineer Dan Hansen to record an a cappella version of "Sedated". That led to his first EP Strange Fruit which released February 15, 2009. Lauer and Hansen continued to collaborate with Ekko for 2010's Reds and Blues. They worked together to develop the character and sound of Mikky Ekko which led to growing attention in the Music Business. One of the tracks from Reds, "Who Are You, Really?", caught the attention of experimental hip-hop producer Clams Casino, who has also worked with ASAP Rocky, Lil B and The Weeknd.[1] The single, "We Must Be Killers" was released to his YouTube account on July 17, 2012, accumulating over 100,000 views.[5] The song was featured in the second season of the American supernatural drama, Teen Wolf.[6] It was released to iTunes on August 6, 2012.[7] The video for his second official single, "Feels Like the End", produced by Nick Ruth and Ekko, was released to YouTube on September 25, 2012,[8] with the digital release following on September 25. Ekko's third single, "Pull Me Down", written and produced by Ekko and Clams Casino, was released digitally on October 30, 2012. The official video was uploaded to YouTube on November 16, 2012.[9] Ryan Hemsworth released a remix of the song to iTunes on December 7, 2012.[10]

2012-present: Breakthrough[edit]

In November 2012, Ekko was featured on Barbadian singer Rihanna's seventh studio album, Unapologetic, on the track "Stay", which later became a single in 2013.[11] The song, which was originally written by Ekko and English songwriter, Justin Parker, has charted in multiple countries, becoming Ekko's first-charting material.[12] It gave Ekko his first entry on the UK Singles Chart, charting at number four, and on the US Billboard Hot 100 at three.[13] The song has charted in the top five of nineteen countries worldwide including in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland. The singer performed "Stay" together with Rihanna for the first time at the 2013 Grammy Awards on February 10, 2013.[14] Mikael Wood of Los Angeles Times positively reviewed the performance and wrote that it was the most memorable moment of the night.[14] Ekko and Clams Casino, who have become friends, have been working on tracks (including "Pull Me Down") for Ekko's forthcoming debut album, which also features collaborations with Ariel Rechtshaid, Greg Kurstin, Elof Loelv, and Justin Parker.[1] Ekko released his first official music video on February 6, 2013, for his third single "Pull Me Down", through his VEVO account.[15] "Who Are You, Really?" from Reds was featured during the closing credits of HBO's season six premiere of "True Blood" on June 16, 2013. Ekko premièred the video for "Kids" through VEVO on July 8, 2013.[16] It was released via iTunes on September 8, 2013.[17] Ekko was reported to be one of the songwriters of the song "We Remain" for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, performed by Christina Aguilera.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Strange Fruit
Reds
  • Release date: June 29, 2010[19]
  • Label: Colour & Sound Collective
  • Formats: Digital download
Blues
  • Release date: December 14, 2010 (Digital)[20]
    January 7, 2011 (CD)[21]
  • Label: Colour & Sound Collective
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
tracks
  • Release date: Feb 08, 2013[22]
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: Digital download
iTunes Festival: London 2013
  • Release date: Oct 29, 2013[23]
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Formats: Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Album
2012 "We Must Be Killers"[7] TBA
"Feels Like the End"[24]
"Pull Me Down"[25]
2013 "Kids"

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[26]
CAN
[27]
DEN
[28]
FRA
[29]
GER
[30]
IRE
[31]
NZ
[32]
SWI
[33]
UK
[34]
US
[13]
2012 "Paint It Red"
(Two Inch Punch featuring Mikky Ekko)[35]
Non-album single
2013 "Stay"
(Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko)
4 1 1 2 2 2 4 2 4 3 Unapologetic
"One Voice"
(David Guetta featuring Mikky Ekko)
TBA
2014 "Stranger"
(Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko)
TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "New music: Mikky Ekko – Pull Me Down". The Guardian (London). November 1, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Mikky Ekko / Biography". Jango. December 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "IN DEMAND: MIKKY EKKO". Gigwise. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ten Out of Tenn Return With New Lineup". American Songwriter. July 20, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Mikky Ekko - We Must Be Killers". YouTube. July 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mikky Ekko - We Must Be Killers - MTV Teen Wolf Season 2 Soundtrack video". NME. July 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "We Must Be Killers - Single". iTunes. August 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mikky Ekko - Feels Like the End". YouTube. September 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Mikky Ekko - Pull Me Down (Official Video)". YouTube. November 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Pull Me Down (Ryan Hemsworth Remix) - Single". iTunes. December 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ Corner, Lewis (November 30, 2012). "Rihanna confirms new single 'Stay' - listen". Digital Spy. Nat Mags. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ Rahman, Ray. "Hear Mikky Ekko's original version of Rihanna's 'Stay' -- EXCLUSIVE". Article. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Trust, Gary (21 February 2013). "Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' Debuts Atop Revamped Hot 100". Billboard. New York, NY: Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Wood, Mikael (February 11, 2013). "Review: Rihanna, Frank Ocean keep it simple amid Grammy spectacle". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Mikky Ekko - Pull Me Down". Vevo. YouTube. February 7, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Mikky Ekko - Kids". Vevo. YouTube. July 8, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Mikky Ekko - Kids EP". iTunes. July 11, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Strange Fruit". Amazon.com. February 15, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Reds by Mikky Ekko". iTunes. June 29, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Blues - EP by Mikky Ekko". iTunes. December 14, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Blues: Mikky Ekko". Amazon.com. January 7, 2011. 
  22. ^ "tracks - EP by Mikky Ekko". iTunes. Feb 8, 2013. 
  23. ^ "iTunes Festival: London 2013 - EP by Mikky Ekko". iTunes. Oct 29, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Feels Like the End - Single". iTunes. September 25, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Pull Me Down - Single". iTunes. October 30, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Discography Mikky Ekko". Hung Medien. australian-charts.com/. 
  27. ^ "Canadian Hot 100 - Week of December 8, 2012". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 8, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2012. 
  28. ^ "MIKKY EKKO FEAT. RIHANNA - STAY (SONG)". danishcharts.com. 
  29. ^ "Discographie Mikky Ekko". Hung Medien. lescharts.com/. 
  30. ^ "Discographie Mikky Ekko". Hung Medien. charts.de. 
  31. ^ "Discography Mikky Ekko". Hung Medien. irish-charts.com/. 
  32. ^ "Discography Mikky Ekko". Hung Medien. charts.org.nz/. 
  33. ^ "Discographie Mikky Ekko". Hung Medien. hitparade.ch/. 
  34. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the UK:
  35. ^ "Paint It Red (feat. Mikky Ekko) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 
  36. ^ "ARIA Singles Chart, 25/03/2013". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  37. ^ "Gold & Platinum & 2x Platinum: Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  38. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart – 28 January 2013". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 

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