New Waves 2018: Kiah Victoria

Don’t sleep on Kiah Vic­to­ria. This young singer-songwriter’s ener­gy and singing abil­i­ty is already next lev­el. But then, throw in the fact her sto­ry­telling is equal­ly strong and you have the mak­ings of a real star.

Hail­ing from New York, Vic­to­ria has been hon­ing her craft for the best part of a decade. Stir­ring, soul­ful and inti­mate pop is what this lady is about. If you’re famil­iar with Post­mod­ern Juke­box, you might already have heard her fea­tured on some songs. Just recent­ly, she co-wrote Jessie Ware’s ace song ‘Mid­night’. But it’s her own music that’s got us excited.

Victoria’s song ‘Hol­low’ is a sub­lime exam­ple of mod­ern pop music with some­thing impor­tant to say about the world today. In it, she talks about com­ing to terms with her own iden­ti­ty, describes how see­ing every­one around her fall apart from the pres­sures of this world scares her, but there “ain’t no use in liv­ing hol­low”. From its con­cept to its cho­rus, this song is a tri­umph. And the rest of the songs on Victoria’s 2016 EP, Every­body, are equal­ly as impressive.

When we saw her live at Afrop­unk Lon­don, she stunned us with her whole per­for­mance. All we know right now is she’s work­ing on new mate­r­i­al, but no word on when it might appear. Still, if you’re par­tial to Whit­ney Hous­ton, Emeli Sandé, or Ali­cia Keys, you need to watch out for this ris­ing star.

Social: @kiahvictoria on Insta­gram, @kiahvictoria on Twitter

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Image: cour­tesy of Kiah Victoria