There are new artists being discovered every day, but it is only every now and then that there is a real impression made on the world of music by these artists and the genre on which they choose focus. R&B is a popular genre that people tend to gravitate towards when making the decision to pursue a career. For singer Kehlani, what type of music she would produce was a no brainer.
For those who aren’t familiar with Kehlani and her music, here are 10 facts about the R&B singer.
10. Cloud 19 was her first mixtape.
Kehlani’s mixtape Cloud 19 was the first one that she released, which came out in 2014. This particular tape got the attention of Pitchfork Media and Complex, which ranked her mixtape at number 28 on their “50 Best Albums of 2014” list.
9. “Till the Morning” won a spot on a Billboard chart.
“Till the Morning,” which was a single off of her Cloud 19 mixtape, won Kehlani a spot on the Billboard chart for “Emerging Picks of the Week.”
8. You Should Be Here was her second mixtape.
Kehlani released her second mixtape You Should Be Here in April of this year. Within 24 hours of its release, the mixtape had more than one million plays on the artist’s SoundCloud.
7. Her fans are known as the “Tsunami Mob.”
Beyoncé’s fan base is known as the Beyhive, while Kehlani’s fan base is referred to as the Tsunami Mob.
6. She is a member of the Heartbreak Gang.
Kehlani, along with several other artists including Sage the Gemini and Jay, are part of what is known as the Heartbreak Gang, which is a hip-hop group based in California.
5-She was part of a group known as “Poplyfe.”
Before Kehlani was where she is today, she was performing with her group named Poplyfe. The group was actually featured on America’s Got Talent, where they placed fourth during the final round of the 2011 season.
4. She considers her music style Neo-Soul-R&B.
When she first discovered that she had a passion for music and singing, it was when she fell in love with music of past Neo-Soul-R&B singers. Their music has had an influence of the 20-year-old since.
3. She is multi-racial.
Kehlani is mixed with many different ethnicities including Native American, Caucasian, African American and Filipino.
2. She is signed to Atlantic Records.
She signed to Atlantic Records in early 2015.
1. She is from Oakland, California.
Kehlani was born and raised in Oakland, California, spending most of her childhood with her aunt due to her losing her father a few months after her birth and her mother struggling with a drug addiction.
The attention that Kehlani has been getting over the past two years has been overwhelmingly positive. Not only has she been praised for her powerful voice, she has been commended for the originality and creativity she brings to her music. Though her most recent accolades have been on a smaller scale, at the rate she is gaining fans, things may not be that way for long.