Updated: Aug 4
On May 13th, bold and beautiful musician Kelly Kiara from Leeds released her striking music video for single 'Sex Faces'. Having racked up over 50k views in under two weeks, this single comes as a hit second release prior to her debut EP ‘Girls Like You’ releasing this June. With her rise inevitably catalysed by the release of ‘Sex Faces’, Kelly Kiara is primed for a serious 2020 with global eyes watching and awaiting the release.
An unquestionably seductive track; intertwining statements of sexuality, love and lust on a bed of playful production – Speaking on the track, Kelly aptly explains; “Sex faces unapologetically bold, eccentric and playful". ‘Sex Faces’ is the second single in the exciting lead up to Kelly's debut EP ‘Girls Like You’. The track identifies her signature tongue-in-cheek, carefree approach, "one you can expect from a girl who doesn't play by the music industry rules". Working with some of the hottest producers in the UK right now such as; 169 and Harry James, Kelly's career is in the headlights to explode, with heat coming to both sides of the Atlantic.
The track follows the release of single 'Set Me Up' – a track that fast secured her international potential with major support in both America and Japan, who are enamoured with the aesthetics and visuals she is producing alongside the music.
The visuals for 'Sex Faces' directed by a leading name in the industry; Like Biggings transports you into Kelly's unapologetic world of sexual liberation. Luke is known for his music video directorship with countless credible artists including MNEK, Skepta, Tory Lanez, Fredo, Popcaaan, Wretch 32, Stefflon Don, Steel Banglez to name just a fraction!
Kelly Kiara’s story began when she sang a bruised yet angry response to Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.” Titled “Fuck Yourself,” Kelly’s self-penned verse laid bare her emotions while making it clear who she blames for the end of a relationship. The cover went viral with tens of millions watching the perfect introduction to a pop star with no filter. Bieber might have sung “You can go and love yourself” but Kelly Kiara said it like it is, with nothing left open to interpretation. As a working-class kid in Leeds, she’d spend weekends singing into karaoke machines on display in department stores but hadn’t pursued things any further once school was over. Naturally, she was shocked to see the numbers on her covers start building up but knew it was a serendipitous moment in life and one she had to act on. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” she says of chasing the dreams her viral hit had reignited. “It was now or never.” Soon enough she had obtained a publishing deal with Universal and was producing hits for chart-toppers Mabel and Gorgon City while honing her own outspoken solo material.
Kiara arrives with steely self-determination and plans to stretch her inclusive message beyond the music. Diversity is also key to her music videos, with both trans and disabled models appearing in her “Sex Faces” visual. Representing minority groups is something she’s committed to long-term. “I want to shine a light on anyone who may feel or be overlooked or who are wanting to get into the industry but are faced with objections due to the way they look.”
Being a voice for people who might not have the confidence to say how they feel is what drives Kiara, no matter the consequences. “I’m there for the people who might not have that presence in their life,” she says. “I’ll take the backlash to push things forward.”