By Joey Lopez
By the age of 21 R&B/soul artist Khalid has been nominated for five Grammys, hit quadruple platinum with his debut single “Location” and is now embarking on his first international arena tour.
Khalid began writing his debut album, American Teen, right before being crowned prom king at his high school in El Paso, TX. Since then, the wunderkind has skyrocketed to stardom with features on Logic’s suicide awareness anthem, Lorde’s “Handmade Dynamite (Remix),” and a spot on the Black Panther soundtrack alongside other hip-hop superstars including Kendrick Lamar and Anderson .Paak.
Khalid’s first album was inspired by his loneliness due to constantly moving around the country with his military mother. The biggest transition was his move from New York to Texas, marking the beginnings of American Teen and setting him down a path that would take his music to places he never imagined.
In April, Khalid released his second studio album, Free Spirit, alongside an accompanying short film and is now touring around the world. Watching the 45-minute featurette provides a unique snapshot into the creative and humanistic spirit of the young artist as he explores themes of love, friendship and longing.
Khalid might just be one of the most sensitive and sentimental personalities in hip-hop today, which seems to count more than ever as he continues blazing new trails on stage, on the screen and in his personal life.
Khalid performs at Holland Park in Surrey for Fvded in the Park on July 6.FVDED in the Park, Khalid