From the great city of New York, Kiah Victoria blends her intimate vocal performance with alt-R&B producer Toulouse’s obscure synthetic textures. Having garnered the attention of NYC’s Broadway stages (starring in The Lion King as young Nala at age ten), MTV, and just recently graduated from the world renowed Tisch School of Performing Arts, the powerhouse songstress is steadily building on her young career.
After singing her way into a feature in Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby”, Kiah released her second EP Gravitate, which is now available for your enjoyment on Spotify and iTunes. We recently chatted with the 2014 Artist On The Verge Top 3 Finalist about her influences, aspirations, and live performance.
NMS: When and what inspired you to start making music?
Kiah Victoria: I have been making melodies and riffing since I was maybe 3 or 4 years old, but it was not until my senior year in high school that I actually sat down at a piano, made a chord progression, and wrote a melody and lyrics from start to finish. I think laziness and fear help me up prior to that. But it’s definitely something I always wanted to do.
Who are some of your influences?
Wow there are so many. Right now my answer is Lauryn Hill, James Blake and Amy Winehouse.
What is the most enjoyable aspect of your career?
The live performance. Gigging in New York City is kind of thrilling.
What are you most excited about in the music business in the next 5, 10 years?
To travel the world with my music.
What advice do you have for artists just starting out?
Treat everyday as a re-dedcation to your craft. At least that’s what Martin Scorsese said at the Tisch School of the Arts Commencement. What an incredible man!
You can check out more music from Kiah Victoria here. Don’t miss Kiah live Monday, June 9 at New Music Seminar’s AOV Top 3 Showcase at DROM in NYC, she’ll be performing along with other two finalists June Divided and VanLadyLove. For set-times and more information, head over to the official event page here.
Get to know our Top 3 AOV with our SoundCloud playlist below – featuring tracks from Kiah Victoria, June Divided and VanLadyLove.
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