May 25: Making a new wave in the music scene is JoaQimein Martin, born November 22, 2000, and better known by his stage name Kxng Tres. The 22-year-old is an American singer-songwriter who is filled with a love for music and the love of his life while being fearless in showing it to the world!
Music is a part of his soul, and Martin proves it from his very childhood days. Ever since he was little, he has always wanted to sing, dance, and create his own music. As a child, he grew up listening to artists such as Michael Jackson, The Temptations, New Edition, Ne-Yo, Usher, Big Time Rush and many more, giving him the inspiration to do more.
However, Martin’s love for music pushed him to start singing with the Clear Creek Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir. Even at such a young age, he was talented enough to lead songs in the choir, such as “Walk Like Jesus”, “God Is On My Side”, “Searching”, and “Still Waters”.
Singing at his church for a few years gave him that much-needed push in the right direction of music as he decided that he should share his talents with the world. He set foot into this world with the help of his producer and good friend Jacob Green, aka SIR JAY, and Martin decided to kick-start with two songs just to test the waters and see if there were people in the world who would actually want to listen to what he had to say. The songs he covered were “Rock Wit’cha” by Bobby Brown and “Back At One” by Brian McKnight.
When the cover songs were released into the world, and people heard them, all of them absolutely fell in love with his talents. His fans encouraged him to create music of his own. Hence, after much pondering and praying to find his next path into the music world, he decided to give his fans what they asked for. He was going to do an original song.
On September 14, 2020, Martin wrote his first song with the help of his girlfriend, Aaliyah. He titled it “Me and You”. This much-acclaimed song is about his heart being full of love for his significant other, Aaliyah. The song talks about their tale of love for each other which spans the time of three-plus years, and how it has been nothing but happiness. Just as told, the young artist is in love, and he isn’t afraid to admit it.
On October 28, 2020, Martin released the special song to the world. “Me and You” did pretty decent numbers, although Martin knew he could do better. So, he decided to write a new single titled “Closer”. “Closer” is Martin’s personal favorite. This time he poured his entire heart and soul into the song.
Taking a different route, unlike “Me and You”, “Closer” had a slow, sexy and seductive vibe to it. Martin expresses his want and desire to get CLOSER to his lover in the song. The song often has his lover asking him, “What can I do for you?”. He simply responds by saying, “It’s nothing major. Just let me get closer to you.”
On March 16, 2021, “Closer” was released to the world. The fan reaction to “Closer” was amazing. It was pretty clear that Martin had made his turn around and was on the way to paving his own success in music. After this, on September 22, 2021, Martin released another single, a smooth guitar mix of his first song, “Me and You (Smooth Guitar Mix)”.
However, unlike the original score, the mix version, this version was slower and had a more blues feel to it. It opened up with beautiful blues guitar chords playing out, and Martin opening it up by just talking to his audience, like sitting in a cafe and offering to tell them a story about how he interacts with his lover on a daily basis. He then repeats some of the things that he had said in the original “Me and You”, with some minor adjustments and changes to the mixed version. Basically, it has him telling the audience everything he loves about Aaliyah, from her smile, laugh, jokes, and cries to many other things that he loves about his woman. The song ends with a sweet telephonic conversation between Martin and Aaliyah.
Fans of Martin are eagerly awaiting the next Kxng Tres single. Whether it with overpower the love he has got for his previous singles “Me and You”, “Closer”, and “Me and You (Smooth Guitar Mix)”, only time will tell that to us. All we can do is keep a lookout for this breakthrough of a singer making it big with yet another upcoming single soon in the musical market.