Ambition is no bad thing in pop music. And Hungarian singer-songwriter sensation Barbara Kiss has it in spades.
For Kiss, that ambition means becoming her small country’s first international pop star. With the recent release of her incredible debut album, she is well on the way to achieving her dream. And much, much more.
The 12-track record, ‘From Me to You’, is one of the most accomplished, fresh and original albums you are ever likely to hear. Part autobiographical, it is a record packed with songs that are both personal and universal.
Unlike many aspiring starlets, Kiss penned the majority of the songs on ‘From Me to You’, writing music and lyrics on five of the 12, and the lyrics on a further four. It should be no surprise that she describes the album as “a piece of who I am”.
It is also, in many ways, a product of where she comes from. Kiss’s Eastern European heritage shines through on a number of the tracks. It is the combination of catchy, modern pop riffs with the more melancholic laments of her homeland that makes Kiss’s debut album so new, so exciting.
More than four years in the making, ‘From Me to You’ is a collection of Kiss’s finest work to date over her nascent career. In that time she has worked with some of the world’s best songwriters, producers and engineers, including Marcus Nand, Chris Wonzer and Kristian Nord.
Their influence and guiding hand can be felt on several of the cuts on this record. While her collaboration with rapper Ill Scorsese has produced two of its finest moments in the shape of ‘Sleepimg Beauty’ and ‘On The Dancefloor’. The video for the former has already proved an internet sensation, garnering more than 23,000 views.
But that’s just the start for Kiss. A tour supporting the release of the album is already in the pipeline. And soon after, the world will know the name of Barbara Kiss – the girl who put Hungarian music on the map.