EPEntertainment/Motown Records recording artist Sebastian Kole made a special appearance for 30 Los Angeles-area high school students at the GRAMMY Museum’s Music Revolution Project on Friday, July 8 at California State University, Los Angeles. Kole shared insight on his creative process as a singer, songwriter and producer; his rising music career; and working with artists like Alessia Cara and Jennifer Lopez.
“I really enjoyed myself, the experience was a blessing.” — Sebastian Kole
Previous artists who have participated in this year’s Music Revolution Project in Los Angeles include singer/songwriters Grace Kelly, Cathy Heller and Darryl Holter.
About the Music Revolution Project
The GRAMMY Museum’s Music Revolution Project offers some of most creative young musicians the opportunity to engage in musical discourse and performance with other talented youth. The program engages students in music history, theory, and composition classes, provides them with one-on-one mentoring sessions with GRAMMY nominees and/or winners, and helps them form ensembles with their fellow classmates. The program launched in 2013 in Kansas City, Mo., and has since expanded to Tampa, Fla., Los Angeles and Anguilla in the Caribbean.
About Sebastian Kole
Within the kaleidoscope of today’s musical landscape, it is rare that an artist has the ability to produce, write and sing music that can appeal to the masses. Sebastian Kole is redefining the meaning of the triple-threat with his lyrical content, soulful vocals and instrumentation.
As a native of Alabama, Kole was encouraged by both his mother and godmother to pursue music. Each played a role in helping him to define his musical talent, by supporting his desire to sing and play the piano. When asked where it all began, he replied, “I started in church because it was part of the culture,” and goes on to say, “music set the tone of the service, and I wanted to be part of that.” Through his progression it was clear that his talent went far beyond the ordinary. Subsequently, Kole learned to play guitar, drums, and “randomly, the tuba.” His passion became the driving force behind his music and he continued to practice his craft while fine-tuning his vocal ability and sharpening his melodic and lyrical skills.
Kole has been influenced by some of the greats throughout music history, from acts like Freddy Mercury and Kurt Cobain to Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. His music can resonate with even the most scrutinizing audience, the inspiration derived from his musical taste is apparent. He is a creator who is meticulous in the production process, reaching into the depths of his creativity towards self-expression.
“Music gives me a way to communicate feelings I may not otherwise express,” says Kole.
After achieving songwriting credits on Jennifer Lopez’s “Goin’ In” featuring Flo Rida and Alessia Cara’s “Here,” Kole began working on his self-titled EP (via EP Entertainment/Motown), which he describes as “Southern urban pop” aka “SOUP.” Released in May 2016, the album earned him the distinction by Tidal as one of their “five artists to watch,” and the track “Love’s On The Way” made Billboard‘s Spotify Viral 50 chart.