Common Kings Premiere 'Before You Go' ft. Meghan Trainor, Talk Touring With Fifth Harmony
Orange County-bred Common Kings serve up a reggae-pop sound infused with R&B vocals, the kind of feel-good music that never gets old.
2015 has seen this sound make its way back to mainstream pop radio in a huge way (see: OMI's "Cheerleader" or R. City's "Locked Away"), but Common Kings may be the dark horse that comes for the crown with their latest song "Before You Go," featuring Meghan Trainor and premiering on Billboard below.
"Before You Go" was co-written by Trainor and also features vocals by the "All About That Bass" singer. Common Kings bassist Ivan Kirimaua told Billboard that we shouldn't be surprised by the Nantucket pop star's reggae flavor.
"Well, people don't realize it, but Meghan has a lot of reggae and island influences in her background," Kirimaua said. "So when we got called into a session with her, we instantly vibed."
According to Kirimaua, the song, which is a bubbly anthem about saying goodbye, is "dedicated to everyone who has family in the service."
Something else the group has in common with Trainor besides their love of island sounds? Working with Fifth Harmony. Trainor wrote multiple tracks on Fifth Harmony's debut album Reflection, and the Common Kings just finished touring with the girl group on their headlining Reflection: The Summer Tour.
"That was an amazing experience," Kirimaua gushed. "Harmonizers have been so good to us. With each show, more and more new fans sang our songs...it was incredible. The girls; Dinah, Normani, Lauren, Ally and Camila treated us like family through the entire tour."
And just like family, the tourmates didn't miss an opportunity to partake in a classic prank war. Kirimaua shares that the Fifth Harmony girls took the crown in the end.
"It all started when Dinah Jane started getting pranked by our camp. It's safe to say Dinah got the last laugh," Kirimaua admitted. "The Fifth Harmony girls set us up with a fake MTV interview that ended with pies and whipped cream in the face. They will get it back one day."
While they may be itching to get Fifth Harmony back, Common Kings will be busy releasing an EP and headlining their own Ain't No Stopping tour this fall. See the group's full list of tour dates here.
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