Interview with Keilene: Unveiling the Multitalented Artist Behind ‘Lips’

Keilene’s artistic journey is nothing short of extraordinary. From her roots in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, to her current status as a rising star, Keilene has continually pushed the envelope in music, dance, modelling, and acting. Her latest single ‘Lips’ is a culmination of her unique blend of cultural influences and creative passion. In this exclusive interview, she bares her inspirations, and exposes what ignites her unflinching passion for the arts. Prepare to explore the mind of a true creative powerhouse and discover what makes Keilene a force to be reckoned with in the industry.

Welcome to A&R Factory, Keilene! We are thrilled to have such a multifaceted and dynamic artist join us. With your latest single Lips freshly released, we can’t wait to dive into your creative universe.  First off, can you tell us about your early life in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, and how it has influenced your artistic journey?

Wow, where do I start?! Well, I was born at San Juan Municipal Hospital Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. My mom is Taino-Puerto Rican and my biological father Afro-Puerto Rican, but my dad who raised me is Jamaican. I moved to Coral Springs, Florida when I was quite young, however, my culture is invariably embedded in me through family, food, and of course, music. Music has always been at the forefront of every moment in my life, whether it be on family holidays with us dancing bachata in the living room, or turning up the volume to Alicia Keys while we clean house on a Sunday morning. At every turn, I am fascinated by how music can put color in the air.

You’ve built a diverse career spanning music, dance, modelling, and acting. What motivated you to explore so many different creative fields?

To others, it might seem overwhelming, but I see them all having the same common denominator, creating through expression. My motivation stems from my experiences of anxiety and depression during my adolescence, but throughout the years, I’ve learned to transmute those heavy emotions into divine inspiration as a result of the arts. Creating became a space for devotion.

Which of your creative endeavours do you find the most gratifying, and why?

That’s an easy answer. It’d have to be singing. I find myself reaching into the deepest depths of my soul and giving my all when my voice fills the room. It’s such a powerful feeling.

What was the inspiration behind your new single, Lips, and what message do you hope it conveys to your listeners?

I love this question! At my core, I am sentimental. I become enchanted by tender emotions in matters of love. I wanted to write an ode for that special someone in their life and embrace what it means to feel that, given the soft jazz tones. This song I hold dearly to my heart.

Working with notable artists like Beth Cohen must be an incredible experience. How has her mentorship influenced your music career?

Great question! First off, Beth is a phenomenal coach! Her teachings have brought confidence and vigor to my vocals like no other. She is a distinct means that has honed my instrument as well as the guide for me to navigate the music industry.

You recently landed a role in the horror/thriller, Bloodline Killer; how does acting compare to your experiences in music and dance? 

Being part of a great crew on set for Bloodline Killer allowed me the insight to see variations of me in the world of acting. It was such a fun experience diving into an all-ears and tenacious character like “Sergeant Keily”. Though acting is new territory for me, the opportunity to convey through diverse outlets has expanded the possibilities within my career.

What drives you to continually push the boundaries in your artistic career?

Interesting question! I’ve come to realize I’m not the same me I was five years ago, or three months ago. Sure, my values and soul are the drivers of this vehicle, but I continue to amaze myself with how I unravel greater versions of who I am meant to be. That will be the fuel to my success.

How do you want to make your mark on the music industry, and what legacy do you hope to leave behind?

This is beautiful. I’ve thought about this a lot. I aim to empower women to spark a flame within their spirits and realize the power they hold. Any opposition you face is a step towards your greatest achievements!

Stream Lips on Spotify now.

Discover more about Keilene via her official website.

Interview by Amelia Vandergast

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