Harlem-bred vocalist Kelis left her parents’ home at 16, but continued her education at the famed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. 2 years later with the support of producers The Neptunes, she landed herself a recording deal. In mid-1999, Kelis was singing alongside rap trouble- maker Ol’ Dirty Bastard on his cut “Got Your Money,” and her signature Technicolor-spiraled afro & color- ful style sparked critics’ interests. Kelis captured feminist desires on her debut album Kaleidoscope, released in December 1999. Two years later she released Wanderland. 2003’s Tasty followed and yielded the Top Ten Neptunes produced hit “Milkshake.” In 2006, her fourth album, Kelis Was Here, was released and led by the duly assertive “Bossy.” Flesh Tone was described as a pop album but adopts electropop, synthpop, house and dancehall elements to form a “euphoric dance album” which tributes the birth of Kelis’ son. The record served as her debut with Interscope Records under the will.i.am music brand. “Acapella” was released as the album’s lead single and topped the U.S. Dance/Club Songs and UK Dance charts as well as peaking at top-ten on mainstream single charts in Europe. “4th of July (Fireworks)” served as the second single reaching top five on the U.S. Dance/Club Chart and number six in the UK Dance Chart. The album was on NME’s list of the “Top 75 Albums of 2010”. In 2011 Her collaboration with Calvin Harris “Bounce” became the tenth top 10 single, on the UK singles chart for Kelis peaking at Number 2. Kelis has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry – having recorded with willl.i.am, Bjork, Outkast, Raphael Saadiq, Moby, Enrique Iglesias, David Guetta, Burnz, Diplo/Switch & Free School to name a few.
In early 2013, Kelis released the smouldering track 'Copy Cat' - a collaboration with UK dubstep producer Skream. In April of this year her new track 'Jerk Ribs' produced by Dave Sitek hints at the glorious new album that is to follow.
Food is Kelis' brand new album produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio. The record mints a sound that's rootsy without ever being self-consciously retro, that pitches live horns and gospel organ against electronics, that for all its classic soul and funk influences, couldn't have been made any time but now. As indicated by the title, and indeed the tracks "Jerk Ribs," "Friday Fish Fry," "Biscuits N' Gravy" and "Cobbler," Food has quite a large role to play in the album, and indeed in Kelis' life. Having taken a Cordon Bleu course, she is now a qualified chef about to launch her own range of sauces in the US called Feast. Food will be released April 21st.
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