Dezmond Meeks has certainly made a name for himself since his appearance on America’s Got Talent in June 2011. From the small town of Pineville, Louisiana, Meeks has stunned audiences across the world; his next performance will be at the O2 Arena in London, which has a capacity a little over 20,000. His most recent EP, de Paris, truly showcases Meeks’ artistic progression. Stripped-down, mellow, jazzy beats provide the ideal backdrop for Meeks’ soothing and introspective voice to shine through. Unlike his previous ventures with EDM sensations (Chris Willis, Ghøstkick to name a few), de Paris seems to be Dezmond Meeks’ own brainchild; swapping epic, synth-filled progressions for more laid-back emotional numbers. With no fist-pumping build-ups, Meeks is able to explore his vocal range and tackle subjects a little too serious for the mainstream. On tracks like “Alcohol,” soothing harmonies and a trip-hoppy beat lend to the emotional message of the song, driven by Meeks’ heart-wrenching lyrics.