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  • Michael Ellis

Kella has a pop smash with "Hurt Like Me". In this song she strives for the genuine interactions that she can't find at those Hollywood parties. She tells us,

"I moved to LA two years ago. At first I loved it, but I quickly realized it could be a super toxic environment for me. I got caught up going to industry parties and events even though they were mentally & emotionally exhausting. Everyone there seemed so perfect. It was really hard to find genuine honest human connection. I had so much anxiety about fitting into this facade. If you know me, you know I get tired of fake shit, I just want people to be real. So I wrote a song about it with two of the realest ones out there, producer/songwriter Frequency (Rihanna/Eminem/Bebe Rexha/blackbear) & DYLN."

With powerful tone and delivery, KELLA has a strong grasp on her vocal control. Her melodies chant over this bold production leaving a massive overall sound that'll have you bopping your head. To supplement this, the songwriting is vulnerably relatable, especially to other entertainers in the same boat.

KELLA is an American pop songwriter and artist, based in Los Angeles, California. Born in central Florida, her ambition was to always create. Inspired by the sounds of Max Martin from artists like Britney, Christina, Backstreet Boys and N Sync; it was this merging of Scandinavian production and American songwriting which led her to Stockholm to pursue her music and eventually develop her sound.

“I’m a product of the 90s, arguably when the best pop music was around, with Swedish producers at the forefront of the soundtrack to my youth. This approach of merging cultures and backgrounds was something I wanted to emulate and as a result brought me to now”, says KELLA.

Prior to this, KELLA was perfecting her craft in both Nashville and London in songwriting sessions with artists from around the world in mulitple genres. She has recently written with critically acclaimed artists such as Bülow, The Him, The Ready Set and Virginia To Vegas; as well as globally recognised songwriters and producers including Teal Douville (Panic At The Disco, Gwen Stefani), Fran Hall (Britney Spears, Charli XCX), Tom Martin (Martin Garrix), Mike Wise (Fall Out Boy), Ebenezer (Stefflon Don) and Gazzo (Steve Aoki).

With tastefully minimal production and a vocal full of dynamic, Elko reveals a broken heart with vulnerable lyrics.

"My minds been stuck thinking the same things If you’ll ever change your mind You're mine"

The concise and honest lyrics hit hard, and the vocal performance reminiscent of XXXTentacion give the song a raw, gloomy vibe that take the song to the next level. We're totally digging this track—check it out.

  • Michael Ellis

Kiesa Rae Ellestad, known professionally as Kiesza, is a Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist from Calgary, who has most recently worked in New York City and London. She first grabbed international attention with Hideaway, which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 Chart. Since then, she has found success with a number of compelling singles and records, collaborating with the likes of Duran Duran, Skrillex and Diplo, and written songs for international artists like Rihanna.

With Love Me With Your Lie, Kiesza's vocal climbs impressively high as usual, but this time we were surprised with a more mellow hook/drop, both vocal and production-wise. We're loving the airier tones in her voice in this track, and how it blends with the retro production elements.

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