You Sing, I Write: Artist to Watch: Mike Posner

Friday, November 27, 2009

Artist to Watch: Mike Posner

Mike Posner has been making waves in the music scene. Garnering attention from music fans and record label executives alike, the Duke University senior has had quite a year. After releasing his debut mixtape, A Matter of Time, in March he was scouted by numerous labels, eventually signing with J Records.

Not your average college student, Posner spent most of January in his dorm room where he wrote, produced and recorded every track on A Matter of Time. On the weekends, instead of unwinding at the typical college party, he spends his time touring. Posner's MySpace bio provides a glimpse into his busy schedule:

“Thursday and Friday I performed in Detroit. Saturday I performed at the University of Dayton. I had three finals on Tuesday, a show at Duke Wednesday, did a song with Wale and 9th Wonder Thursday, and Friday I had a meeting with Jay-Z.”

By the looks of it, Posner won't be slowing down anytime soon. While he embodies a certain Justin Timberlake quality, Posner is as versatile as they come. He is able to mix and sample tracks from acts like John Mayer (listen to video below) and The Fray to older classics like Rickie Nelson's "Traveling Man" effortlessly, all while putting his own unique spin on each.

"Still Not Over You" samples The Fray's hit single, "Over My Head (Cable Car)" from the soft vocals to light strokes of the piano before Posner adds his lyrics and club beats to the track. Featuring Eric Holljes, "Still Not Over You" is smooth and emotive while Posner sings, "You were my first girl/So won't you be my last girl."

Featuring guest appearances from Kid Cudi, Bun B, Big Sean, GLC, 3Oh!3, Freddie Gibbs and XV, Posner's upcoming 2010 release, One Foot Out The Door, is sure to please listeners. Check out his song, "I Don't Trust Myself" below and be sure to visit Mike Posner's MySpace or Web site where you can download the album for free.

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