After creating an enormous buzz with her previously shared singles ‘Hypnotized’, ‘Believe It’, ‘Summer Lovin’ and the Louis III collaboration ‘Ur So Cool’ last year, Irish pop starlet KEHLI has now made her long-awaited return as she delivers the vibrant new single ‘Not OK’.
Known for her warm and inviting approach to the alt-pop sound, ‘Not OK’ sees her deliver a comeback filled with bold and euphoric textures. With its crisp and glossy production layered effortlessly with her own powerful voice, she feels totally at ease as she breaks free from her formative shackles and delivers the first dose of a more reassured artist at the helm.
Speaking about her new offering, KEHLI said, “‘Not OK’ was a song I felt a lot of release from! It’s about the very moment you realise someone is falling out of love with you or your reality is falling apart and that is one of the worst feelings I’ve ever felt! Putting that concept into a song was hard, but I’m so excited for everyone to hear it as it’s my first release after the worst part of the COVID pandemic is hopefully over. Hoping people can generally relate to it as well.”
Hailing from Dublin, 20-year old KEHLI is a vocalist and performer with a soulful, passionate and unique interpretation of contemporary pop music.
Her evolving passion for music and performance encouraged a 14 year old KEHLI to try her hands on a couple of TV music shows (usual suspects The Voice/X Factor etc.) which at such a tender age, provided invaluable experience and gained her a small cult online following. Rehearsal footage of KEHLI singing Jorja Smith’s ‘Let me down’ made its way onto Instagram and was met by an extremely positive response with over 22K views in its first 48hrs. This encouraged KEHLI to continue to pursue her passion for music.
It was this experience that led to an intro to producer/songwriter MSRD – now Ireland/London based, who’s worked closely with KEHLI to help hone her sound. Other collaborators include the likes of London based Cameron Gower-Poole (Anne-Marie, Raye, RAY BLK) who has worked closely on KEHLI’s forthcoming debut, a soulful, edgy, pop infused EP.
Since her debut release, Kehli has gone on to achieve many early career milestones. Her TV debut last year was on the Late Late show with Ryan Turbidy following a year where she amassed over 13 million national radio impressions in Ireland with support from the likes of RTE 2 FM, 98 FM, Spin1038, iRadio, BBC R1 and Kiss FM. She was also noted to be the only female singer in the Irish Top 20 charts at the time.
Other career highlights include reaching top #5 position in three key UK club charts including Commercial Pop Charts(#4), Upfront Club Charts(#3) and Urban Charts (#3) on her debut release (One Last Kiss) as reported by Music Week.
The Official Charts UK named her ‘One To Watch’ and she has also received support from industry tastemakers like Record of the Day, EARMILK, Clash, Wonderland, Nialler 9, Irish Times and others as well as DSP support from Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and Filtr with editorial playlisting. New Music Friday, New Pop UK, Pop remix are some of her Spotify playlist achievements with over 1.1Million cumulative streams across Spotify alone.
Her latest song ‘Summer Lovin’ was a hit on the Irish airwaves and a DSP favourite landing New Music Friday and 14 other spotify editorial playlists on release day as well as charting #15 on the TikTok Music Charts on release week garnering significant major label interest in the UK and US.
KEHLI is currently putting finishing touches on her debut EP, 2022 is on track to be an exciting one for this young Irish talent and her music.