Born Timothy McKenzie into a family of nine musically gifted siblings, Labrinth has certainly made a name for himself in music. As a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, the London-based 24 year old has accomplished far more than artists twice his age.
Labrinth began writing and producing records at the age of 15. Following chart success in the UK as both a writer and producer, Labrinth was approached in June, 2010 and signed to Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco. The signing marked a milestone for the label, with Labrith becoming their first artist in six years that didn’t break out of one of Syco’s television programs.
Through Cowell’s label, Labrinth released his debut single “Let The Sun Shine” in September, 2010 in the United Kingdom. The track debuted at number three in the UK. It was the first of six singles from his #2 ranked UK debut studio album Electronic Earth, which was released in April, 2012. The fourth single released from the album was a remake of “Express Yourself” (made popular by US rap act NWA), which has recently garnered massive exposure in the United States through its use in a Microsoft Windows 8 commercial. Labrinth has five Top 5 singles on the UK Singles Chart to his credit so far, including his first number one single in November, 2012 with “Beneath Your Beautiful” featuring Emeli Sandé. Sandé, winner of the 2013 Brit Awards for Best British Female and Best British Album as well as the 2012 Brit “Critics Choice” award (previously won by both Adele and Florence & the Machine) is also achieving chart success in the US with her current single “Next To Me”.
“Beneath Your Beautiful” was written by Labrinth, Emeli Sandé and Mike Posner (known for his own Top 10 pop hit “Cooler than Me”, and for writing/producing the 3x platinum Justin Bieber smash “Boyfriend”). To date, “Beneath Your Beautiful” has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. It has been a Top 10 single in 20 countries, reaching #1 in both the UK and Ireland. The track is now poised to break on US radio! Check out the video here: