Jennifer Lopez's summer dance hit penned by Birmingham singer-songwriter Sebastian Kole
Sebastian Kole didn’t even recall the song that would eventually become his first No.1 hit when a national record label first contacted him about it.
“They were like ‘Yeah, we’re going to use it’ and I was like ’I wrote that?’ I didn’t even remember it,” he recalls.
The song is Jennifer Lopez’s latest dance-floor heater “Goin’ In” featuring Flo-Rida and Lil’ Jon, which hit No.1 on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play chart a couple of weeks ago. As of today, the song is still a Top 10 hit. (See the video for "Goin' In" below.)
Birmingham native and Ramsay High School graduate Kole, whose songwriting credit is under the name Coleridge Tillman, laid the framework of the song last summer during a writing session with long-time friend, fellow artist and Alabama native Michael Warren. They sent the chorus off to some of Warren’s Los Angeles connections, but didn’t hear back until almost a year later.
When the duo did hear back, it was from enthusiastic members of Jennifer Lopez’s camp. However, Kole had no idea how big the song was about to get. Lopez debuted it as the first single off of her new greatest hit album “Dance Again…The Hits” on the American Idol finale to favorable reviews.
Since then, Kole says he receives emails several times a week from companies that want to use it for promotional purposes. It also became the lead single from the “Step Up 4 Revolution” soundtrack.
“The industry really likes this song,” he says. “Radio and blogs have talked about it being one of her best songs ever.”
People in the industry told him that it had Top 5 potential but he was still shocked.
“Top 5 would have been great. No. 1 is unbelievable,” he says.
Having such a big hit his first time writing for a mainstream pop artist has changed the way that Kole, who got his stage name from composer Johann Sebastian Bach, approaches singing and songwriting.
“It gives me more confidence to actually go out and try to be great. You just can’t fail,” he says.
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