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LU KALA

Pop

Lusamba Vanessa Kalala

Apr 15, 2020

“I don’t feel pressure to change myself, I’m here because I am myself.” LU KALA Every once and a while an artist appears who is destined to break the mold, LU KALA a is one of them. The fiery voiced songstress—with signature orange hair to match—is redefining what a pop star sounds and looks like. Gifted with a talent for writing striking pop tracks and memorable hooks, the independent, Toronto based musician has written for local artists, as well as R&B star Jennifer Hudson. Track, “Dangerous,” co-written with DVSN (Drake, DJ Khaled, Majid Jordan) and Stephen Kozmeniuk (Dua Lipa, Madonna, Lights) landed on Hudson’s 2014 studio album, JHUD. Despite song writing success, behind the lyrics was a voice waiting to be released, a voice that didn’t conform to the vocal style producers assumed they’d hear. Instead her sound—raw, intensely emotive and mercurial with an ability to lean into dance, R&B, rock, soul and pop, at will—defied it. Unwilling to vocally bend herself into the box black female performers are expected to exist in, KALA has embraced her distinctive sound, transforming her trajectory as an artist, and a woman, in the process. Since, she’s released her 2018 debut track, “DCMO (Don’t Count Me Out).” The self-empowered pop anthem disarms with frank and deeply vulnerable lyrics. KALA describes the writing process as one that pushed her into emotional spaces she hadn’t allowed herself to go before. And its inspired her to begin telling the stories she didn’t realize she needed to tell. With over 1 Million streams-Apple and Spotify combined- "DCMO" has landed on official playlists such as Spotify's It's a Bop, Indie Pop Chillout, Morning Commute and New Music Friday Canada, as well as Apple Music's, Breaking Pop playlist, Pop Deluxe and Pure Pop Radio. "DCMO" also cracked the top 40 on the Billboard Canada CHR chart after gaining airplay on Top 40 stations across the country. In 2019 LU KALA performed at festivals such as iHeartRadio FanFest, RBC Bluesfest, and on stages that include CBC Music Juno’s Official After Party, CMW 2019 Live Music Industry Awards , the The Kali & Jorja Tour pre-show and The Basement Series: BET Weekend Kickoff. With the upcoming release of her debut EP, KALA continues venturing into emotional places few dare to go—on or off record. Her songs are unflinching in its tales of personal, hard-earned lessons in love. Romantic disillusionment, identity and self-worth, are all laid-bare with breathtaking, unapologetic power. Contact: teamLUKALA@gmail.com