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|
Discovery and record deal
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 Universal Music.  They subsequently signed a record deal with Universal Records.
The band performed 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 Richard Drummie 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 #13 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1999. Their follow-up release, "More Love", peaked at #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. They recorded an album at NRG Recording Studios, California, with guest musicians John JR Robinson on drums, Leland Sklar on bass, Michael Landau on guitar, George Deoring on acoustic guitar, and Jimmy Nichols on keyboards.
- 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