"I hope my being independent will inspire a lot of people to say, 'If he can do it, I can do it.'"
Independent artist Guordan Banks has logged a career milestone -- and ushered in Black Music Month on a high note -- with his first Billboard No. 1 single “Keep You in Mind.” Produced by Hit-Boy collaborator K. Roosevelt, the song rose 2-1 to reach the pinnacle of the Adult R&B Songs tally after a 29-week ascent.
While Banks, 27, may not be a household name yet, he is no stranger to the music scene. He’s written songs for Keyshia Cole (“Trust and Believe”) and John Legend (“Who Do We Think We Are”). Banks notched his first break as an artist with a feature on Meek Mill’s “Heaven or Hell” alongside fellow guest Jadakiss. Now the emerging singer-songwriter is pushing forward on a solo artist agenda through his own Bank On It Entertainment, distributed by Kobalt Label Services. Next up for the once-aspiring lawyer: a tour that’s currently in negotiations and the release of his debut album, tentatively planned for September (“I’m probably about two albums in right now. I’m constantly writing”).