“Your destiny can only ever be delayed, it cannot be denied.”
Achievements: BBC1 Xtra debut, MOBO’s New Artists List 2016, BBC Radio London Introducing 2016.
Remember his name. ‘Infectiously charismatic, bright and charming’ just a few words which aptly summarise the blossoming talent that is – Bxrber.
Growing up on the streets of North London, 26 year-old Bxrber (real name Kenneth Barber) is the new talent that has all it takes to shine. An intelligent all-rounder at school, Bxrber never had to try too hard to be good at everything. He picked up good A-Levels and went off to a good University. Despite his relative success, something deep down made him feel as though he wasn’t truly fulfilling his potential…
Until he picked up the mic.
From working to release four R&B Soulful tracks (Talk to you, World End, Silvertown & Worship), to gracing shows and concerts, it’s fair to say the last 12 months have been a whirlwind for the rising artist.
With at least 180,000 hits from his official Soundcloud page and countless hits on his Youtube performances, Bxrber’s talent has certainly drawn a loyal army of fans wishing him well and watching his every move. With an engaging, unrelentingly and upbeat personality, it’s easy to understand how he is affectionately loved in every environment he finds himself.
Speaking on his latest performing trips to Dubai, New York and LA, the charismatic singer reflected on what the growing exposure so far, has shown him.
“It’s made me hungry for more. It’s time to put in even more work. I thought I was among the hardest working people around until I got here. Now, I’m just like: I have to push even further. The grind is different out here!”
The Londoner’s hard work now seems to be paying off. After releasing his excellent refix of Ray Blk’s ‘Talk To You.’ in 2015, a few may have questioned whether the new comer had the ability to create an original hit. His answer was emphatic – a few months later he released his highly regarded debut song, World End.
World End (written by BXRBER and produced by High Frequency), surged to popularity soon after its release impressing nationwide broadcasting channels and premiering on BBC’s 1Xtra. Last year, Bxrber featured on BBC Radio London Introducing a shortlist of the best unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar music from London (Stormzy featured on the 2015 list). Furthermore, Bxrbers talent was spotted by the MOBO’s who shortlisted him among rising artists tipped for success in 2016.
Unreliant on his current success and instead focused on future successes, Bxrber has continued to answer questions thrown at him, impressively winning over new fans at the same time. Meshing Soul with Indie and R&B with Rap, Bxrber has managed to revive the old within the new. In a culture that has arguably moved away from the Soulful classics we once knew, Bxrber’s success is in itself a testimony.
In his latest release “Worship” Bxrber produces a powerfully engaging lyrical performance, displaying the unique ability to engage in fluid rap whilst simultaneously delivering equally impressive vocals on the chorus, without missing a beat. If “Worship” is any indication of what Bxrber has to offer, we’ll be first in line for his EP when it arrives.
Be sure to check out his soundcloud page to listen for yourself!