additional info by: BBC Newsbeat
In the summer of 2011, Louisiana's Mikky Ekko arrived on his own in London. He frequently got lost, felt miserable and was lonely.
During that time, he wrote a song called "Stay."
Eighteen months later, the single has become a UK top 10 hit after it was recorded by Rihanna. "She sounds amazing on it," says Ekko. "I think it's really brave to sound so vulnerable on a record like that."
He's still not sure exactly how the duet came about but says Rihanna was the one to champion the song.
"It was a total madhouse, they're moving at a million miles a minute and she's at the centre of that hurricane. The way her people work is really inspiring."
He says some of those solitary moments he had in the city lent themselves to create some "really beautiful songs". These songs and images will be released on his debut album. (for an example of his incredible sound, check out his video: "Feels like the End" below)
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Louisiana-born, Mikky's real name is John Stephen Sudduth.
His father was a preacher and Mikky spent his teenage years travelling around the southern US states with his family.
"My mom only listened to classical, my dad liked 'oldies' and then there was Christian music everywhere. But, I went for grunge and random hip-hop. When I heard the opening of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit I'd run to the tape player to press record."
But when asked to describe his sound amid his growing success, in five words though, he thinks about it, remains silent, before saying "sounds like me, I suppose". Five words exactly. That's very Louisiana...