19-year-old R&B singer-songwriter Tranell has finally dropped brand new track ‘Too Catty’. Distract’s Lollie caught up with him for a quick chat at the studio.
You could say that Rising star Tranell is an overnight success, but in many ways his whole life has been leading to this point. He remembers getting a CD player when he was seven years old, and the feeling of playing R&B compilations on repeat. At the age of eighteen he was inspired to book in that first studio session, so he spoke to an artist friend of his in London for a studio recommendation. It was in his first session that Tranell meet producer Young Reggie, who coached him through the process.
The song that lead Tranell to his record deal, ‘Too Catty’, was written at his sixth form college during a free period at the end of the day. Thanks to the comfortable environment, the beginnings of a song came to him and two weeks later he was ready to record. Once the song was complete he posted a preview to Instagram, to use his friends reactions as an indicator of whether it was working or not. A few weeks later the views on the video were still building, and it wasn’t just his friends taking notice: A&R’s began reaching out and he soon found himself juggling label meetings with A level exams in economics, sociology and psychology – all of which he completed before moving his full attention to music.
Now he’s fully focused on his music career and has quickly developed a strong work ethic that means he has plenty of music stashed away. From his breakthrough with a 15 second preview he understands the important of making every element of a song count and this is reflected in his creative process. He’s currently in “EP mode” as he writes as much music as possible to maintain the momentum of ‘Too Catty’, he already has a number of options in the bag for follow up singles, and is holding some of his favourites back for when it’s time to drop a full-length project. At the same time, Tranell remains a kid fresh out of college who’s suddenly found himself swept up in a life that he never expected to have, which gives the promising talent a unique outlook in itself.
Following the success of his studio clip which went viral on Twitter as well as the release of infectious new freestyle, Tranell has been signed to Virgin EMI for the release of ‘Too Catty’. The track captivates with its contagious energy, combining the vibrant UK sound with hints of catchy R&B.
“It just came to me; all my boys would be complaining about ‘catty’ girls and how only some of them want you for your sauce. So, I made it into a song. I’m excited for everyone to hear it!” says Tranell.