Kevin Lyttle, Vinci Superstar

Not many people knew Kevin Lyttle before he released the hit single “Turn Me On” in 2001. Before this, the young ‘Vinci’ was an unknown customs officer. Kevin’s love for music spurred him to take up a job as a radio jockey as well. 

Upon releasing “Turn Me On”, Lyttle became a musical sensation across the Caribbean, bursting onto the musical stage with high energy, yet melodious soca performances that somehow had a definite infusion of dancehall and R&B sounds. Kevin made the score with a huge Caribbean hit. His eclectic and innovative fusion of music set the entire West Indies on fire.

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Gaining Popularity
As the single hit the airwaves and dominated the Caribbean, it ultimately found its way overseas. With its irrepressible beat and soothing melody, Kevin's single was the biggest soca hit to emerge from the Caribbean in many years. It gained airplay in the US and began playing in clubs in the UK. It was officially released as a single in the UK in late 2003 and reached number two in its first week, spending seven weeks in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart.
 
So popular was this one song that it later escaped the boundaries of Europe. It rose on the charts in Finland and Australia. In fact, the song was a hit in over ten other countries. 
 
“Turn Me On” In the US
Released in the U.S. in 2004, the single quickly went gold and hit number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. A video was added to MTV on May of the same year.
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Lyttle and Atlantic Records
This overnight sensation quickly rose to prominence and gained the attention of other artistes, producers and record labels. In 2003, Lyttle signed with Atlantic Records and released an album “Kevin Lyttle” in the following year. While this album was released in the US, Lyttle’s second single “Last Drop” was released in markets outside the US and did quite well in numerous countries including Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands.
 
Cricket World Cup 2007
In 2007, Lyttle was given the honour of performing at the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup 2007 along with soca stalwart Byron Lee and Arrow. 

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Collaborations
In 2008, Lyttle released another single “Fyah” via Universal Records. The album was a versatile combination of singles, collaborations and contributions from artistes such as Skinny Fabulous and Lexxus. Later, he produced a duet version of “Turn Me On” with Alison Hinds and Kevin Rudolf. Lyttle is currently working on a new album scheduled to be released soon.

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