There’s something beautiful in seeing an artist laying it all bare, displaying their vulnerabilities, and covering sensitive topics such as heartbreak, lust, and regret, and this is exactly what Kelly Kiara has done in her astonishing debut mixtape ‘Hopeless Romantic’. Growing up, Kelly was inspired by her dad’s Motown collection, Phil Collins as well as modern icons such as Lil Kim, Christina Aguilera, Ashanti, and Mariah Carey, all of which have shaped her into the sensational artist she is today.
Hailing from Leeds, Kelly’s musical story began when her heartbroken cover of Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ went viral proving to be the perfect platform to introduce the Yorkshire-based star with no filter. During this period, Kelly was working as a recruiter with her dreams of making it as a singer-songwriter seemingly a distant memory, but good things come to those who wait (and work hard at their dreams). Soon enough, Kelly would go on to secure a publishing deal with Universal and write chart-topping hits for Mabel, Ashnikko, Era Istrefi, and Gorgon City, showing that you should never give up on your passions.
Following some time out from music to focus on her writing, Kelly is now back and ready to unveil one of her most personal projects to date. Placing herself firmly within the R&B landscape exploring all corners of the genre, Kelly delivers a combination that is so hard to perfect, consisting of the nostalgic experience with modern-day greatness. Working with an array of highly acclaimed producers such as TOPFLR, Neenyo, Menace, Harry James, and 169, the fourteen-track tape is a carefully curated musical masterclass.
Kelly’s awe-inspiring confidence and versatility display her as a beacon of shining light, and a promise that the future of the genre is in very capable hands. Having amassed over 110 million streams for her writing credits, her solo material is now following suit, and deservedly so. ‘Hopeless Romantic’ is out today. Stream below: