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Kevin Mark Trail

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Kevin Mark Trail was born and raised in North West London. Trail’s music is a mix of soul, reggae, hip hop, R&B and garage, influenced by U.S. R&B and Jamaican reggae. His mother introduced him to reggae and soul from his childhood and lists the likes of John Holt, Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs and Toots & The Maytals as some of his reggae influences as well as Millie Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway as his soul influences. His influences from today include Cassandra Wilson, OutKast, Jill Scott, N*E*R*D, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest and Sting.

At 15 years old, Trail obtained an Atari and began developing sketches in his bedroom in Wembley. Later, he attended a weekend arts college in Camden, where he gained experience in composition, performance and musicianship, all of which shaped his debut album Just Living. He was mentored by two tutors, Rachel Bennet and Julie Dexter who taught him to keep his sense of British identity.

Trail first shot to fame after passing a diploma in music production and business, when he collaborated with The Streets. He provided vocals on The Streets’ hit single “Let’s Push Things Forward”, and also on “Same Old Thing” from his Original Pirate Material album. The “Let’s Push Things Forward” single peaked inside the UK top 40 singles chart at #30, spending two weeks inside the top 40. The single was his first taste of chart success and remains his biggest hit to date. Kevin commented at the time, “Mike Skinner is a talented guy - I rate him, man. I hadn’t heard anything like it before, and that’s what attracted me to the project.” Skinner also invited Trail to tour as part of The Streets’ live experience. [1]

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