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Grammy-Nomiated Artist Kai Wants To Be “In The Now” With You

Kai is an incredibly talented artist from Toronto. Born Alessia De Gasperis-Brigante, kai had dreamed of singing from an early age. At 16, she bought an acoustic guitar and began writing her own folk-infused songs, largely inspired by her obsession with The Beatles and Jeff Buckley. Following early gigs including at historic Toronto venues like the Horseshoe Tavern, kai inked a development deal with Warner Music Canada at the age of 20, and soon started flying off to L.A. to take part in songwriting sessions.

 

Today, Toronto-bred singer and songwriter kai releases single “in the now.” The track offers an electric introduction to her new work, backed by a hypnotic arrangement of rejuvenating beats and translucent textures. On it, kai’s soulful vocals drift from breezy to urgent as she speaks her truth on the struggle to be in the moment. kai has lent her powerful vocal presence to songs like “Crawl” by Childish Gambino, Jack ü’s “Mind”, the iconic title track to Diplo’s Revolution, and the 2016 hit “Never Be Like You,” her Grammy Award-nominated collaboration with Flume that earned over a billion streams.

As we listened to the track, we were mesmerized with both the vocals and production. The hook rings, “I wanna be in the now with you” and we can’t get it out of our heads! The production has a bouncy feel to it, yet it is combined with a calming touch that creates a feeling of satisfaction. Kai says this about the song, “‘in the now’ is about self-sabotage and the fear of intimacy,” kai explains. “It’s about the desire to be truly present with someone, instead of fearing the end and wondering, ‘What if I hurt you?’ or ‘What if you hurt me?’” With the single, she also released an extremely well put together video that includes some amazing choreography, crazy weather, and amazing costumes. Check out the video below.

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