Kirk "CK" Barton
"You act like a loco Puerto Rican!" Or, how about... "Man K... you are one crazy brother!" Well, those are some of the phrases that CK heard growing up in St. Catherine Jamaica in a sub division that's also ironically known as "Spanish Town." At age six a young CK made a big move that would change his life forever. In 1988, he moved to Brooklyn NY to be with the rest of his family. Little did he know that this would also be the start of a very exciting and promising career in music.
By age eleven, he already knew that he wanted to become a superstar like Michael Jackson, the world's greatest entertainer of all time. He also understood that these were very big shoes to fill but he was up for the challenge. CK has performed with and received rave reviews from an impressive group of artists such as Shabba Ranks, Shasha, Beenie Man, Red Rat, Mr. Vegas, Daddy U-Roy, Frankie Paul, and also other upcoming reggae artists. Every time that he is on stage his performance illuminates the crowd. CK's sound, lyrics and performance is what one may call the 'New Sound of Reggae.'
If you were to ask CK who makes him stop, watch and listen or who does it for him musically and lyrically. His reply would be without hesitation, "Ah man, Shabba, Beenie, Bounty Killer, Capelton, my man Spragga Benz, Buju Banton, Biggie, 2 Pac, Mad Cobra and of course Michael Jackson!" "See, I want to bring a different element to reggae music." "I am driven when I listen to these cats but, I make certain to listen to all types of music for inspiration." "Sometimes, I even rock to Classical music while I'm chillin' in my car." "I made up my mind as a teenager that I am gonna make history, just like Michael, and be remembered by all that enjoyed and appreciated real music."
CK has performed in well-known venues such as Caribbean Grill, Club Pebbles, Club Amazora, Club NY, The Wave Night Club, Club Mantra, Club Higher Higher, Club B.E.C., The Lion's Den and Club Plantation and many other venues in and around the tri state area.
The years 2005 and 2006 will be big for CK as he has just completed his first album entitled "Mental Music" with Fish N' Chips and Kwality Entertainment. This album is already being compared to some of the most successful albums of the 20th and 21st century i.e. Shaggy, Nelly 50 cent etc. There are no fillers on this album you can randomly pick any song and it can become a top 10 single. Watch out world CK is truly remarkable!