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Born in Louisiana, 29 year old Mr Mikky Ekko (real name Mr John Sudduth) arrived on the music scene in February last year after a duet with Rihanna on her chart-topping single "Stay". Combining boyish good looks with a soul-inspired sound, he more than holds his own on the track - particularly commendable considering the flesh-flashing Barbadian star is casually taking a bath in the video. Since then, solo efforts such as "Kids" (listen below) have further proved Mr Ekko's credentials as one of this year's most exciting pop prospects. His eagerly anticipated debut album, which will boast collaborations from the likes of Mr Pharrell Williams and Clams Casino, is due in spring.

"KIDS"

Mikky Ekko