Her Story:雄厚歌聲背後,隱藏著紋身R&B歌手Kehlani的坎坷 - HOKK fabrica

Her Story:雄厚歌聲背後,隱藏著紋身R&B歌手Kehlani的坎坷

HF Crewon April 16, 2016 at 12:26 am

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常言道:人生不如意事十常八九。經歷低潮時,你會以什麼心態面對?有些人會選擇埋怨,更三番四次向別人「宣示」自己的不幸。對R&B紋身女孩Kehlani來說,身上好像承受著太多的不幸,但每次卻花盡力氣堅持過來。

年僅20歲的美國創作歌手Kehlani,集多國血統,因此擁有著標緻臉龐。可是,她的童年經歷相當坎坷,父親在她小時候便去世,母親則因吸毒問題經常進出監獄。在缺乏雙親照顧下,Kehlani也只能由姨母撫養。雖然如此,但她沒有選擇自暴自棄, 反而尋找興趣作生活寄託。
Kehlani PopLyfe hokk fabrica

Kehlani PopLyfe hokk fabrica Kehlani PopLyfe hokk fabrica
Kehlani PopLyfe hokk fabrica
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在初中時,Kehlani本來有個舞蹈夢,但後因膝頭受傷而被迫放棄。在這個低潮時期,她卻找到另一個精神寄託──R&B。首次接觸這類音樂的她,就被它的旋律及節奏感深深吸引。自此,Kehlani正式對R&B世界展開探索,後來更憑著雄厚而富脆弱感的歌聲,令她成為流行cover band PopLyfe的一份子。

I listened to a lot of neo-soul and R&B. Now I’m trying to broaden my horizons so that I can create differently.

– Kehlani

當年,這隊著名樂團曾參加大型選秀節目《America’s Got Talent》,更成功擠身決賽。當PopLyfe的表演結束後,評審Piers Morgan更對 Kehlani有高度的評價:「You’ve got real talent, but I don’t think you need the group.」單憑她的實力,單飛發展也是綽綽有餘。當以為事業正步向一帆風順時,低潮又再次出現。
Kehlani PopLyfe hokk fabrica

Kehlani PopLyfe hokk fabrica
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因合約糾紛問題,Kehlani被迫離開了PopLyfe。在準備發展音樂事業時,現實卻把她打倒。憶起昔日的經歷,她說當時不敢接觸任何音樂工作,因怕被前樂團的公司起訴。在沒有收入的情況下,有段時間更是無家可歸的。但Kehlani卻十分感謝某個人的幫助,他就是《America’s Got Talent》的主持人Nick Cannon。

He saw my potential back then and he waited around to see what I grew into, and he saw a young girl who needed some help in the area where no one should really be struggling.

Simple things like having a place to lay my head and having a safe place to write music. He was kind of like a father figure.

Kehlani PopLyfe hokk fabrica
Kehlani PopLyfe hokk fabrica
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因Nick的出手協助,令Kehlani的音樂之路沒有停滯,更努力地創作出不同的R&B音樂。終於在2014年,她發行首張個人專輯《ANTISUMMERLUV》。經過這麼多事情後,Kehlani坦言這張專輯包含著許多個人感受。特別是歌曲,因為這是寫給她的母親:

And your words was suppose to get me through my heartache, before my heartbreak
There’s an emptiness that only few ever fill
And I somehow missed the meaning of love that is real
And it compliments my scars that will never heal…

And if you weren’t gonna guide me
Why bring me into the light?
Must have done something to make you want to run and hide
Why oh why didn’t you just live your life?


Kehlani PopLyfe hokk fabrica

Kehlani PopLyfe hokk fabrica
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簡單的歌詞,描繪了Kehlani對母親的又愛又恨。表面像是帶有悲傷怨恨,但內心卻非常思念著她,更期待自己與母親有重新認識的機會。現在,Kehlani在專注創作的同時,也不時擔心著在在監獄中的媽媽。

Life’s too short. I’m from Oakland. I get a phone call about somebody dying or going to jail every week. I know what state my mother’s in so I’m not wasting any time.

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Kehlani PopLyfe hokk fabrica
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自從發行了首張專輯後,外界的反應相當不錯。去年,Kehlani也乘勝追擊發行第二張專輯。憑著一首,成功獲得大眾的關注。在輕快強烈的節奏下,Kehlani的歌聲沉穩面清脆,更憑此獲得葛萊美的Best Urban Contemporary Album提名,這足此證明了Kehlani唱家班的地位。

I’m Grammy-nominated off of my words. But now I feel like I have to be very careful and dissect every song. I can’t start off on a great foot and then let everything go downhill. The pressure is on.

踏入20歲的Kehlani,正在籌備下張專輯,更透露進度「gearing toward being more mature.」對她來說,2016年是個新的開始,事業也開始有起色。自小經歷磨練的Kehlani,相信能在這個激烈的圈子中生存,大家一起期待她的爆發吧!

I’m fulfilling dreams mad early. It just makes me really excited to see what can come next.

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TEXT: MABEL W
DESIGN: NATALIE K/HOKK FABRICA

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