TIDAL Rising Artist of the Week: Mighty Mystic
Home is a flexible concept for this week’s TIDAL Rising Artist of the Week, Mighty Mystic. At the age of nine, Mystic, alongside his family, relocated nearly 2,000 miles north of his St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, hometown to Boston, Massachusetts. Yet, despite spending his formative years in the Northeastern hub, the singer, who also happens to be brother to Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, would always take his roots with him.
Before Boston, music was a prevalent part of the young artist’s life. So when time came for he and his family to move, singing was a love that was not lost in translation. In fact, it kept him connected to his original home and helped him form an identity in his new one. As a teenager, Mystic, then known as Kevin Mark Holness, dabbled in the local hip-hop scene alongside his older brother, Stephen. Here, he would experiment with his own reggae sound and develop the “Mystic” moniker.
In 2006, as the artist was steadily on his rise in the scene, he and producer Mike Cip delivered “Riding on the Clouds.” The song became a hit and perfect prelude to his 2010 debut album, Wake Up in the World. Four years later, Mystic returned with his sophomore project, Concrete World, which landed at No. 6 on the Billboard reggae charts, and in 2016, he waxed poetic on his third LP, The Art of Balance.
In between his albums, Mystic has shared stages with the best of them — Barrington Levy, Damian Marley, The Wailers and Shaggy, to name a few — and honed the sound he likes to call “hard roots.” Mixing elements of rock and hip-hop with reggae with conscious lyricism, his sound appeals to audiences in his U.S. and Caribbean homes and beyond.
As he gears up to release his fourth album, Enter the Mystic, Mighty Mystic collaborates with TIDAL on his Rising Artist week. On Wednesday, he’ll share an exclusive playlist with us and on Friday, he’ll dive into his story and upcoming project in a TIDAL Read Q&A.
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