Born April 24, 1995 in Oakland CA, Kehlani Parrish is no stranger to the hustle. Kehlani was adopted by her aunt very early on in life, as her mother and father both suffered from drug addictions. She started her career at 14 years old as the lead vocalist for a group called “PopLyfe”. The group was a finalist in season six of America’s Got Talent, finishing fourth place. Kehlani inevitably left the group after having several disputes regarding management and contracts. It wasn’t until 2013, after experiencing homelessness, that she released her first solo track on SoundCloud. The track quickly grabbed attention and led to Nick Cannon ultimately offering her studio time and an apartment in LA.
The singer went on to release three solo mixtapes and a studio album and has become an advocate for those who have experienced their own trauma. Kehlani was asked during Billboard’s Women in Music how she felt about the #MeToo Movement, to which she replied with the advice: “Don’t let any trauma take away your power.”
Kehlani has said that she uses her music as a “form of therapy and release” and has been praised by other celebrities on her positivity and realness, that other artists don’t always exhibit. Her latest mixtape “While We Wait” was recorded during her pregnancy with her daughter and was released in 2019. “While We Wait” has been said to have encapsulated the wisdom of a woman twice her age as it explores her past relationships and life.
Kehlani’s latest release “Toxic” follows her single “Valentine’s Day (Shameful)” which outlines infidelity and other issues that she faced in her past relationships. Kehlani followed the tone of “Valentine’s Day (Shameful)” in “Toxic by outlining some of the toxic aspects of a past relationship in her latest single:
“All of this love is toxic /
All these kisses and hugs is knock sh*t /
You a d*mn drug, you’re toxic”
Kehlani was due to release another studio album within the near future, however due to unforeseen circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic, she has pushed back the release until further notice:
Kehlani’s music is available to stream worldwide on most streaming platforms.