Centered on the talents of actor/musicians Malcolm Kelly and Tony Oller, California pop/hip-hop duo MKTO emerged in 2012 with the infectious, high-energy anthems "Thank You" and "Classic." Both tracks were included on the duo's 2014 Billboard 200-charting debut MKTO, which showcased Oller's resonant croon and Kelly's MC skills.
Initially, Kelly and Oller first met after being cast in the Nickelodeon television series Gigantic in 2010. Prior to this, Kelly starred as the character Walt Lloyd on ABC's Lost, and Oller appeared on several shows including the Disney Channel's As the Bell Rings. After striking up a friendship on Gigantic, the duo formed MKTO (a combination of their initials, as well as the moniker "Misfit Kids Total Outcasts"). In 2012 they released the single "Thank You" on Columbia Records, followed by "Classic" and "God Only Knows" in 2013. In 2014 MKTO released their self-titled debut album, featuring production via Emanuel Kiriakou and Andrew Goldstein and a guest appearance by Ne-Yo. The four-song EP Bad Girls appeared in 2015, with the non-album singles "Hands Off My Heart/Places You Go" and "Superstitious" arriving a year later. In 2017, Oller revealed that the band had broken up. However, they quickly reunited after signing to BMG and in 2018 released the single "How Can I Forget." ~ Matt Collar