Next of Kin (band)
|Next of Kin|
Next of Kin playing in Neals Yard in London in 2012
|Origin||Braintree, Essex, England|
|Genres||Pop, rock, pop rock|
The band was discovered when the brothers visited the Musical Exchanges music shop in Birmingham, after an event at the nearby NEC had been cancelled. Shop owner Gary Chapman was impressed by Mark's guitar playing and put them in touch with manager Ian Allen. They were signed by Allen and to former Spice Girls-manager Simon Fuller's 19 Productions, and signed a record deal with Universal Records. They played on the Smash Hits tour in 1998 and supported Boyzone on their UK tour in 1999. Their most notable single was "24 Hours from You", which was co-written by Gary Stevenson of Go West, and helped by a promotional video shot in South Africa, and an appearance on the ITV television show Mad for It. It reached number 13 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1999, and their follow-up release, "More Love", peaked at number 33 in June that year.
In 2012 the brothers went to Los Angeles to record with Hollywood actor Stephen Dorff and his Composer/Producer father Steve Dorff, who has written and produced for many high profile acts over his career with the likes of Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, George Straight, Bill Medley, Christopher Cross and many others. Next of Kin recorded there album at NRG studios in California, with some notable musicians to record along with the brothers (John JR Robinson, drums; Leland Sklar, bass; Michael Landau, guitar; George Deoring, acoustic guitar; Jimmy Nichols, keyboards)
In 2013, Next of Kin auditioned for the tenth series of The X Factor, singing an original song called "Can't Find Me", which they co-wrote with their mother. They were put through to boot camp after a "yes" from each of the four judges. After a performance of "Rule the World" at boot camp, Gary Barlow decided not to put them into the final 6 after saying " where have you been for the last 10 years boys" " Cant Find Me" Is a Hit song" " your time is Now"
They are set to release their self titled 6 Track EP in 2014, including their X factor Hit Can't Find Me, which was produced by Steve Powers, along with 5 other tracks from various recording sessions in Nashville, LA and Florida.
- 1999: "24 Hours from You" - Universal Records - UK #13
- 1999: "More Love" - Universal Records - UK #33
- Wright, Matthew (1999) "Matthew Wright Column: Check Out Next Of Kin", Daily Mirror, 19 January 1999
- "Single of the Week", Birmingham Evening Mail, 9 February 1999
- "Mega Mirror: Kin will be the Next big thing", Daily Mirror, 30 January 1999
- Barnes, Anthony (1998) "Ex-Spice manager lines up the next generation", The Scotsman, 26 December 1998, p. 4
- Coleman, Andy (1999) "Stardom", Birmingham Mail, 12 January 1999, p. 12
- Somerville, Colin (1999) "Are these the girls to spice up your life", Scotland on Sunday, 16 May 1999, p. 4
- Young, Graham (1999) "Pet Shop Brum!", Birmingham Mail, 15 June 1999, p. 28
- "The hotshots to watch in 99", Birmingham Mail, 5 January 1999
- "Wednesday TV", Daily Record, 30 January 1999
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 394. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Next of Kin, Chart Stats, retrieved 2010-04-03