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R&B/hip-hop is the most popular music genre to date. According to Nielsen Music’s 2017 year-end report, R&B/hip-hop has surpassed rock. While R&B is considered the most popular genre, it seems as though the sounds of real R&B from the 90s has faded away.
Music from artists like R.Kelly, Total, Brandy, Boyz II Men, and many more are still classic R&B, but the sounds of pure rhythm and blues faded away from mainstream other than the likes of Beyoncé and Chris Brown.
However, just recently, R&B is emerging with a new generation of artists like Ella Mai, H.E.R., and SZA. Songstress Tynisha Keli is also slowly working her way up in the R&B game with her new single “I Got You Babe.”
Keli’s talent shines through with her record “I Wished You Love Me” that reached over 7 million views on YouTube.
Formerly in a girl group called the Gyrlz Society, Keli continues to represent for the true R&B lovers. She left the girl group to pursue her solo career. In an exclusive interview, Keli talks her new single “I Got You Babe,” her new project titled The Chronicles of TK, the current state of R&B, and more.
1) What was your inspiration behind your new single “I Got You Babe?”
That song was not written by myself, but it was a song that was played in a writing session that I had with three producers in Atlanta. They played me the record, and I instantly fell in love with it. I’m not biased toward records that have already been written by other people because people possess incredible talent in writing.
2) Can you describe your music in three words?
Enjoy. Learn. Love.
3) If you could open up for any artist for a tour, who would it be and why?
I would say, Chris Brown, because he has mass appeal. Everybody can relate to him, and everybody can relate to his music. He doesn’t just stick to one sort of thing; he’s awesome.
4) What got you into music?
My mom played a lot of music when I was younger, so really when you grow up in an impoverished community or family, that’s your go-to when you don’t have anything. I didn’t want to be an artist until I saw a New Edition video, “If It Isn’t Love.” When I saw that video, I wanted to be an artist, so the rest was history.
5) What are your thoughts on the current state of R&B in the music industry?
I think it’s coming back. I wouldn’t have been able to say this about five years ago, but I think it’s coming back and I think that people want to feel real love now. We have Ella Mai. She’s incredible. Undoubtedly incredible. Jade Novah, she’s dope. I mean there are so many up and coming artists that have stayed true to rhythm and blues, the heart, and the soul.
6) Name your top 5 R&B artists and why?
Not necessarily in this order, but Boyz II Men, Luther Vandross, Brandy, Faith Evans, and Kim Burrell. Why? Boyz II Men and Faith Evans was my outlet as a child. When I got a little older, I stumbled on Brandy, and I fell in love. Her music would hit home for me in other ways because I was too young to understand the love side of it, but the melodies and the way that she conveyed them spoke to me deeper than the lyrics.
Luther Vandross because I grew up on him, and he’s like the King of Soul. Kim Burrell because she was the spiritual side of me that I never tapped into until I found her.
7) Who would you like to work within the music industry and why?
I’d probably work with Bryson Tiller. I think he is highly underrated. I feel like for somebody to come up with their own genre of music, Trap Soul is incredible, and I think he’s incredible with his pen game.
8) What are three things you can’t go into the studio without?
I can’t go into the studio without positive energy. I can’t go into the studio without my phone, and I can’t go into the studio with a bunch of people in it. I have mostly closed sessions because energy is everything to me.
9) What new projects are you working on?
I’m working on the Chronicles of TK part two right now. I’m hoping for the spring of 2019. I don’t want to put too much of a rush on it, and I’ve been continuously writing. I’ll also have some singles out before then.
10) What do you want people to feel when they hear your next project?
I want people to feel joy when they’re happy and turn on a certain record and when they’re not feeling so much joy, turn on a record to help them get through it.
My main purpose with all of my music is to spread the knowledge of things that I’ve gone through in my life and to understand that there is light at the end of the tunnel.