Machel Montano (born 24 November 1974, Trinidad and Tobago) is a soca artist, record producer and songwriter based in the Caribbean. Machel first shot to fame as a young boy with the song "Too Young To Soca" while he was still in primary school. In 1984 along with his brother and neighbours the group Pranasonic Express was started and in 1989, the band became Xtatik. He is the frontman of the popular soca band Xtatik and is noted for his high energy, fast-paced, and often unpredictable on-stage performances. During his career, which spans over 25 years, he has collaborated with several of music most popular acts such as Admiral T, Alison Hinds, Beenie Man, Ken Marlon Charles (KMC), Destra, Calypso Rose, Burning Flames, Drupatee, Wyclef Jean, Lil Jon, Shaggy, Busy Signal, Red Rat, Canibus, Sparrow, Denise Belfon, Walker Hormung, Vybz Kartel, G-Unit, Black Stalin David Rudder Buju Banton, Mr. Vegas, Doug E. Fresh and Pitbull, just to name a few. In 1987 he was the youngest finalist to ever win the Caribbean Song Festival. He now stands as one of the most well-known soca acts in the world and has tried in many ways to bring soca into the mainstream by promoting it, using his leverage as an artist able to sell-out shows. Recently he has moved to the Los Angeles area to further this pursuit saying "I may not be the one to bring it forth, but in the meantime, I have a lot of work to do in order for something to happen".
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