Singer, songwriter, and musician KALEN leapt headfirst into early aughts Brooklyn – a vibrant music scene blooming in derelict DIY venues and undisclosed loft parties off the L train. She hauled her keyboard and amp up and down Bedford Ave, forging a sound rooted in soul, funk and electronic music.
Regardless of musical genre,KALEN grabs your collar and pulls you into a compassionate embrace — her voice at once playful and penetrating, jazzy and soulful. Her confessional lyrics, heralded by American Songwriter, reveal the joys and heartbreaks of artisthood in the midst of Brooklyn’s culture-shifting drumfire.
Her electro pop single “Honeysucker” dives head first into the reality of negative behavior being overshadowed by a few good moments. It’s musically reminiscent of Madonna meets Britney Spears.
When asked about the song, KALEN says, “This song is a PSA about denial, about hearing what you want to hear. About being a honeysucker. God knows how many times I rationalized some sexy guy’s s**t behavior because of the few good moments that essentially got me high.”
Finally performing live again, KALEN tailors each performance (and the accompanying visuals) to the specific site and space, from analog slide projectors coupled with poetry and acoustic bands in Brownstoner salons to projection mapping and thumping tracks with a full electric band on stages around NYC. She hones her soulful songs into intimate ‘cut to the bone’ vibrations, healing the post-pandemic heart-stricken with tender connection.
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