Canadian-born, Brooklyn-based pop singer Kiesza makes dance-oriented music that touches upon house music, modern EDM, and R&B. Born in Calgary, Kiesza participated in theater, ballet, and tap dancing before joining the Royal Canadian Navy at 17, where she was trained as a code breaker. At 18, Kiesza also competed in the Miss Universe Canada pageant before focusing on a music career. Leaving the Navy, she attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship. After graduating, she relocated to New York City and began performing her folky singer/songwriter compositions. Eventually, Kiesza found herself drawn to dance music and began collaborating with producer Rami Samir Afuni. In 2014, she released the Hideaway EP. "Hideaway" itself topped the U.K. and Scottish singles charts upon its April release and received significant airplay in the U.S. when it was released that July.
A few months later, Kiesza's full-length debut, Sound of a Woman, arrived, mixing her house-influenced pop with hip-hop-tinged tracks and featuring cameos by Mick Jenkins and Joey Bada$$. Following the album's release, she toured with Demi Lovato and collaborated with artists including Jack U, Gorgon City, Duran Duran, and Djemba Djemba. Kiesza returned in early 2017 with her own single, "Dearly Beloved," which was dedicated to her college friend Alicia Lemke, frontwoman of the band Alice and the Glass Lake who died from leukemia in 2015. To record the song, Kiesza worked with producer Stuart Price and learned to play one of Lemke's guitars from her boyfriend, Adam Agati. "Don't Want You Back," a collaboration between Kiesza and Dutch producer Bakermat, was released that June. ~ Matt Collar
- Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- 16 January 1989