As the Jamaican born singer-songwriter wins the fifth Sound Station competition, Shaun Ponsonby listens to his soulful debut EP One Day. 

KingFast has just been named Merseyrail Sound Station winner for 2017, so we figured we had best learn a little bit about him. And, boy, were we impressed.

The singer-songwriter was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but was raised in Belfast. He now lives in Merseyside and where he is making a name for himself in the Liverpool music scene.

He self-released his debut EP earlier this year. Titled Dreamworld, it showcases KingFast’s stripped down style. Simple, but powerful. He has an almost folk-ish sound mixed with some of the most soulful vocals ever heard coming out of the city.

Though a consistent effort, the undoubted highlight of the EP is One Day. Aside from the earworm hook and KingFast’s irresistible voice, the self-created harmonies on the track elevate it above the rest. It begins with KingFast almost beatboxing, before bringing in his laid back lick, and by the time you reach his falsetto you have all but fallen in love.

KingFast went head to head with nine other aspiring artists in a battle of the bands style showdown on the concourse level of Central Station, which was the culmination of a yearlong competition, saw up and coming acts from across the region share their original music on the project’s social media pages and perform at stations throughout Merseyside.

As winner, KingFast will receive a year of professional music industry mentoring, studio recording time and 12 months free travel on Merseyrail.

Clearly delighted with his win, KingFast said: “I’m still buzzing from the day, it was amazing to make the final and I didn’t really expect to win. The standard was so high this year and I genuinely enjoyed every single performance. I’m mostly looking forward to the mentoring and getting some help and direction with my music.

Also performing at the Merseyrail Sound Station Festival were Limerance, Joseph Mott, Tabitha Jade, Black Pulp, Luna, Molly Hughes, Nicola Hardman, Jack McAllister and Andy Short.

Image by Keith Ainsworth