Sebastian Kole’s self-titled debut EP is out today and available HERE
. Released by EP Entertainment/Motown Records, it features five songs written, performed and produced by Kole, including three that have been featured in recent episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” – “Home,” “Love’s on the Way” and “Love Doctor.”
Kole, who co-wrote and co-produced most of the songs on Alessia Cara’s Four Pink Walls EP and her debut album, Know-It-All, including the double Platinum hit “Here,” will perform a song during Cara’s upcoming set at the Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, AL on Friday, May 20. Kole will also be featured in the Motortown Revue showcase this spring with special guest Berry Gordy.
Born in Birmingham, AL, Kole began playing music in church, where he was given the freedom to fuse songs he heard on the radio with traditional hymns during services. In addition to honing his vocal ability, he learned piano, guitar, drums and tuba. His first big break came when Jennifer Lopez recorded “Goin’ In,” a track that he co-wrote. The song, which featured Flo Rida and hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart, appeared on both her 2012 greatest hits collection and the Step Up Revolution soundtrack. Shortly thereafter, Kole moved to Los Angeles and signed with EP Entertainment and Motown.
The honest emotion of his songs combined with Kole’s rich, soulful voice create a sound that is uniquely his own. He calls it “Southern Urban Pop” a.k.a. “SOUP for the soul” and it’s a timeless sound. Vulture.com praised “Love’s on the Way” as “a roaring soul-pop tribute, calling out the everyday violence experienced by people near and far…it’s glorious and sad and something that needs listening to.” In addition to penning songs for himself, Kole is currently writing for Maroon 5, Demi Lovato and Brandy.