Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you this month’s special featured artist: KHALID!!
Khalid is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from El Paso, Texas. He was born February 11th, 1998, is currently signed to RCA Records under Sony, and has already made it onto the Billboard Hot 100.
Khalid was born Khalid Robinson in Fort Stewart, Georgia. He was always on the move due to this mother’s career in the military. In high school, Khalid studied singing and musical theater and moved to his current residence in El Paso, Texas.
Khalid was an easy discovery and an instant success. Khalid began appearing on many publications’ “Artists you need to know” lists as he started to become recognized, including Billboard, Yahoo, Buzzfeed, and Rolling Stone. He reached No. 2 on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart in July 2016 as his single “Location” began charting.
Khalid created “Location” while on his high school spring break at 17 years old, without any idea of how much of a success it would turn into. The single immediately began charting after the final production with Syke Sense, Tunji Ige, Smash David, and Taz Taylor. “Location” finished the year with the No. 20 position on the Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and reached the Top 10 on the Hot R&B Songs chart January 21st, 2017. After premiering on The Fader, the single’s music video netted over six million views on Youtube and the song was streamed 35 million times on Spotify.
Khalid sold out every venue on his 21-city January-February 2017 US “Location Tour”, including the 1,500-capacity Tricky Falls in El Paso, and the tour continued in Europe. His debut studio album American Teen was released on March 3rd, 2017 and people are itching for a full album tour.
Khalid made his television debut performing “Location” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on March 15th, 2017. His song “Angels” was also featured on the ABC drama series, Grey’s Anatomy, in an episode which aired April 27th, 2017.
Khalid’s sound is soulful and honest. He uses old-fashioned beats in a new and unusual way, that works together to put a modern twist on his pop-infused R&B sound. Relating to the youth of his generation, Khalid makes songs about his experiences as a teenager and dealing with young love.
Khalid claims his mother is his biggest musical inspiration, as well as citing fellow Sony artists Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, and many other artists as inspiration for his musical sound. He has collaborated with big names in music such as Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Travi$ Scott. He remains to be a humble young boy from El Paso, whose greatest ambition in life is to make people happy with his music.
This is only the beginning of Khalid’s career and we wish him success with every stop along his journey.
Download American Teen on Spotify, Apply Music, or Itunes today!
Watch the “Location” music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by3yRdlQvzs