Sean Kingston had a good ride touring with Beyonce and Gwen Stefani, but his career really took off when “Bieber Fever” hit the scene.
Kingston and superstar Justin Bieber are good buddies and they recently collaborated on the summer hit “Eenie Meenie.”
Now Kingston’s career is skyrocketing, too. Thursday, both acts join forces at Broomfield’s 1stBank Center.
Who: Justin Bieber, with Sean Kingston
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield
“I’ve wanted to do music since I was seven,” the 21-year-old Kingston said. “I started out emceeing and singing, but singing really matches more of my vibe.
“I use elements of reggae, hip-hop and R&B in my music. I love pop and I love reggae, and I try to show that part of my culture in my musical side.”
Kingston is also a budding entrepreneur, and he cites Jay-Z and P Diddy’s multi-level marketing approaches as his role models. The young singer hit up music execs with his tunes and was signed by Sony Records.
“I started putting my music on MySpace and I was getting 15,000 plays a day,” Kingston said. “I started hitting up people in the music business and asked them to check out my songs.
“That’s why I want to do more things and brand out. I’ve already started my own record label and I’d like to start a clothing line. For now, I’m focusing on the music.”
Kingston is touring behind his 2009 CD, Tomorrow. The performer’s also making a name as a songwriter, helping pen Jason DeRulo’s hit, “Whatcha Say.”
“I’m working on a new CD,” Kingston said. “I want people to notice all the different sides of my music. The new record will be a little less pop, and more party club and reggae dancehall.
“That gives the album a different edge.”
“Eenie Meenie” is the first single off Kingston’s upcoming album. The tune was included on Bieber’s My World 2.0 and features the young pop singer.
The chart-topping single is getting Kingston’s name out to mainstream audiences, and he’s talking to Bieber about making a new mixtape.
“I met Justin and we became friends, so we decided to do a collaboration,” Kingston said. “I have a studio at my house and I thought ‘Eenie Meenie’ would be a dope record to do together.
“The song did great, so we decided we should do a tour together. Our show features lots of energy and it’s great music to party to. People will have a blast.”
The summer tour’s been a success, but Kingston’s already planning his next career moves.
“I just want to keep things going,” Kingston said. “I want to stay relevant and keep it relevant. I keep counting my blessings — it’s great to see all these fans that know the words you wrote were from your heart.”