From the shimmering Pacific to downtown’s concrete jungle, Los Angeles is a city of contradictions. Singer, producer and dancer Kelleia captures the dichotomies of her hometown through complex productions, glowing vocals and a presence simultaneously carnal and ethereal.
Born in Long Beach, the musician born Kelley Kim earned her Master’s degree in City Design and Social Science from The London School of Economics in 2013. She immersed herself in the London music scene, seeing powerhouse artists like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Beyoncé and in time realizing she was more interested in the stage than the classroom. After graduating, Kelleia traveled through India, Costa Rica and Colombia, writing fresh, intimate songs along the way. She hasn’t stopped since.
“My soul, my higher self, saw itself reflected in these powerful performers,” Kim says, “and I realized what I had to do, what I was meant to do. My life's work is to write and share stories through music. To use all my gifts to give the darkness – the traumatized parts of our selves – a chance to be in the light."
Now producing beats in her sun-filled Silver Lake apartment, Kelleia’s output explores love, lust, heartbreak and expressions of femininity both sacred and raw. She’s collaborated with producers including Jonny Joon, released tracks through Unspeakable Records and the Team Supreme collective, and plays her music out while performing and DJing at L.A. hotspots including The Satellite and The Ace Hotel Downtown LA. When she’s not producing, Kelleia dances at legendary Los Angeles strip club Jumbo’s Clown Room, demonstrating her feminine power while wearing eight-inch heels.
Her debut LP, Water From Everest, is due this fall.