KINGS Releases Debut Album ‘Chapter One’

Kings
Releases debut album
Chapter One
Out today on Arch Angel Records / DRM NZ

He first caught the attention of New Zealanders in the summer of 2015 with what would become his chart-topping debut single ‘Don’t Worry Bout It’. From then on, Kingdon Chapple-Wilson, the young producer, singer-songwriter and performing artist known to us all as Kings solidified his place in the New Zealand music scene as one to watch.

As he rose further through the concrete with his debut release Kings EP released through Warner Music, he showed us his skills as a producer and songwriter, presenting the broad musical influences that inspire him. This led to four Pacific Music Awards (NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, Niu FM Best Pacific Urban Artist, MAINZ Best Producer, NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award) and a string of powerful singles including ‘Someday’ and ‘What We Supposed To Do’.

Today he releases his debut album Chapter One into the world – a further extension of his exploration into the sounds of hip-hop, house and memorable pop hooks. Released independently on his personal label Arch Angel Records via digital music distributors DRM NZ, Chapple-Wilson hopes to inspire and encourage others to do the same.

“I’ve always encouraged artists and musicians to do things themselves and to study the game thoroughly. It was only right that I do this entire project the way I preach. From directing the music videos to designing the cover art, everything is written, produced, mixed, and mastered the way I intended, with the hope that it inspires people and encourages you to do the same in your industry! Or in your life!”

Every song on Chapter One was self-written, produced and recorded in Chapple-Wilson’s Awataha marae studio, which has been home to his creative process since day one. In August this year, the young artist let the first track off his forthcoming album take flight – the electronic, feel-good party track ‘Kush Rolled x Cup Filled’ which let us into Chapter One through the party entrance. Second single ‘HYLMN’ invited us further into the young artist’s journey, on a track that pays tribute to the hustle and the hard times. The following track ‘Intermission’ took us even closer to home, as Kingdon reflects on the past, the present and future.

His current single ‘We’ll Never Know’ has spent 6 weeks at #1 on the IMNZ Top 10 Airplay chart, while taking the #3 spot on the Top 20 NZ singles chart and hitting #1 on the Radioscope NZ Singles Airplay chart last month.

Chapter One is an album the supercedes any stylistic genre by blending Kingdon’s favourite flavours of slick electronic textures, danceable beats, underneath memorable melodies – further introducing us to his well-rounded sound. A personal tapestry of stories in a cohesive body of work that documents the young kiwi artist’s rise to the top.

‘WE’LL NEVER KNOW’ (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

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KINGS ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM

KINGS
Announces forthcoming new album
Chapter One
To be released independently via DRM NZ

New Zealand recording artist KINGS announces today his forthcoming debut album, Chapter One, set for independent release later in the year. Entirely self-produced by Kingdon Chapple-Wilson, the 12-track album will be released by KINGS himself through a new partnership with local digital music distributors DRM NZ.

With lead single ‘We’ll Never Know’ scheduled to drop early September, the Kiwi hitmaker returns in fine form with a varied album showcasing an impressive range of styles and wide skillset as a producer, songwriter, lyricist and performer.

Best known for runaway chart-topping hit ‘Don’t Worry ‘Bout It’, which has now surpassed 6 million streams and recently received a Silver Scroll award nomination, KINGS has carved out a unique path as a multi-talented artist covering a diverse range of genres.

Regarding the album construction and forging a new path without a major record label involved, Kingdon comments:

“Firstly, thank you to everyone following and supporting this journey. Day 1 fans, new fans, welcome. Before I go further, I have to do a massive shout out to Warner Music NZ for believing in me – together we broke a New Zealand record, went platinum and made NZ history. Wouldn’t have been possible without them.

I’ve always encouraged artists and musicians to do things themselves and to study the game thoroughly. It was only right that I do this entire project the way I preach. From directing the music videos to designing the cover art, everything is written, produced, mixed, and mastered the way I intended, with the hope that it encourages YOU to do the same thing.”

DRM NZ are well known advocates for helping local New Zealand artists release their music globally. For just over a decade, the company has worked with a great host of independent kiwi artists in getting their music on digital platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, Pandora and more.

On the new partnership with Kingdon and his team, DRM NZ General Manager Andy Low states:

“This is a thrilling release for us, and we’re very excited to work with one of New Zealand’s great talents of today. KINGS has come up with a fantastic debut album, DRM looks forward to rolling out the new KINGS material far and wide.”

Watch Kings – Don’t Worry ‘Bout It

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