Every now and then, there comes a person, born-and-raised from the great Steel City who becomes the next big thing. Sure, we have Roberto Clemente, Andy Warhol and even Christina Aguilera. But for the new generation of Pittsburghers, a new star is rising (and fast, I might add).

If you are not an avid follower of pop-culture, well then buckle up as we are about to receive a crash course in the latest and greatest in one of Pittsburgh’s hottest newcomers to the music scene. With the likes of Katy Perry and Sam Smith fawning over him, you know he has to be someone big.

Kevin Garrett
Courtesy of Kevin Garrett

Meet Kevin Garrett, the Pittsburgh born-and-bred musical prodigy. Kevin, who is a Grammy-nominated artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer, he is truly the modern-day version of what a renaissance man is.  

Rising to fame, Garrett initiated his career with taking the road with Irish artist James Vincent McMorrow, simultaneously debuting his first EP, Mellow Drama. With adding singles such as “Coloring” (which, guys, reached over 30 million plus streams online ALONE), Garrett began to be taken seriously by his peers in the music industry.

And if you guys aren’t familiar with a little singer – you know, Beyoncé. Well, Kevin contributed to her album, Lemonade, by co-writing and co-producing alongside James Blake for her song “Pray You Catch Me”, thus nearly making Garrett a household name.

Now, it’s Kevin’s turn to take back the spotlight with the release of his first ever studio album, Hoax, which premiered on March 22nd of this year. Eager listeners will hear the bold and blunt voice that has made Garrett famous, leaving his feelings and emotion on full display in songs like “In Case I Don’t Feel” and “Faith You Might”.

In addition to the release of the album, Kevin Garrett will also be heading out on tour, starting on April 24th in London.

It’s musicians and artists like Kevin Garrett that make many of those in Pittsburgh proud, helping to broaden the cultural and artistic capabilities that are found within this city.  

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
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