Biography of rapper KhalidRapper Khalid made a meteoric entrance into the global music scene in 2017 and within a year, he received the most prestigious award in music - a Grammy. Sir Elton John poetically referred to him as a rising star and dedicated a song to him.
Childhood. Beginnings of CareerKhalid Donnel Robinson was born on February 11, 1998, at the Fort Stewart military base in Georgia, where his mother served. In the U.S. Army, Linda Wolf handled supply issues and sang in the army choir.
Khalid attended a local school, where he started going to an acting studio and taking vocal lessons. The young man inherited his musical abilities from his mother. Linda was not only the lead singer of the army choir, but also a passionate fan of R'n'B performers like TLC and Brandy Norwood. According to the musician, he owes his career to his mother, considering her his main critic and best friend.
Khalid began writing his first songs in high school. Encouraged by his mother, the teenager published his recordings on the music creation site SoundCloud. In 2016, his lyrical composition "Location", which later appeared on the young artist's debut album, topped many charts and attracted the attention of Rolling Stone and Buzzfeed columnists.
"American Teen"The young artist released his first album shortly after graduating from school in March 2017. The lyrical and poignant, subtly quiet "American Teen" was recorded with the support of RCARecords and Right Hands labels. The album includes 14 tracks, among which are the hit songs "Saved", "Therapy", "Winter", and the famous "Angels", which was later featured in the series "Grey's Anatomy".
Raised by a single mother, wandering through different cities all his childhood, always the new kid, Khalid had a lot to say about loneliness, loyal friendship, and a broken heart. All this was generously sprinkled with references to modern ways of communication, mobile applications, and trendy youth drugs.It's no surprise that the newly released album was hailed as a musical sensation, and Khalid became the voice of the young generation of Americans.
In the fall of 2017, "American Teen" predictably received platinum certification and won the "Best Urban Album" category, earning Khalid his first Grammy.
Together with rapper Swae Lee, he recorded the song "The Ways", which was used in the film "Black Panther", and in a duet with singer Normani, he released the single "Love Lies", which was featured in the dramatic film about love and teen problems "Love, Simon", starring Josh Duhamel, Tony Hale, Talitha Bateman, and Jennifer Garner.
"Free Spirit"In April 2019, the artist presented his second album "Free Spirit" with an accompanying short film. The aesthetic album, characterized by its signature subdued sound, includes 17 tracks, among which are "Better" and "Talk", the most listened to tracks.
Khalid's Personal LifeIn 2023, the idol of millions of teenagers and the voice of a new generation, as Khalid is called by the media, turned 25. He stated that he is still too young and therefore does not rush to tie himself down with serious relationships, preferring to develop his music career. However, in the same year, he was caught in a romance with singer Alina Baraz, but the relationship did not last long.
Khalid NowKhalid released a new single in June 2021. The song 'New Normal' was expected to be included in his third album "Everything Is Changing" and serve as its lead single. In writing it, the singer expressed the emotions he accumulated during the coronavirus lockdown, which brought him and his loved ones a lot of emotional distress.
In 2023, Khalid participated in Ed Sheeran's "+-=/x" concert tour to support the fifth and sixth albums of the musician. In June, Khalid was involved in a car accident and was unable to perform at Sheeran's concert. Fortunately, the singer was not seriously injured and soon returned to performances.