By Cynthia Gross
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With his latest single “Naive,” Philadelphia-based contemporary R&B sensation Kid Travis continues to challenge himself creatively, expanding on his signature sound while never losing sight of the distinct elements of his style that resonate widely with diverse audiences. Dubbed a “gangster” by Post Malone, Kid Travis navigates heartbreak and unrequited love with emotional dexterity, demonstrating the power of shared authenticity.
“You got me counting all the days / And the holidays / Why won’t you let me in?” Kid Travis asks his cold-hearted lover. Her response reveals that she is not interested in a true intimate relationship, only a superficial physical one: “Shut up baby boy and grab my waist / Your arms are the safest place I’ve been.”
Despite his lover’s callous stance, Kid Travis can’t help but be naïve. He’s blinded by his genuine feelings and remains (hopelessly) hopeful in the scarce possibility of redemption for his failed relationship. “You could blame me a thousand times,” he sings in the chorus. “I may be naïve but baby I’ll be fine / Babe, I don’t want to say goodbye.”
Kid Travis’ impressive vocal technique is evident in “Naive,” flowing effortlessly from delicate musings to powerful confessions brimming with passion. The song’s accompanying video reminds audiences that Kid Travis is not only an established vocalist but also an expert musician. The song’s groovy bass line incorporates funk elements, and the unexpected electric guitar solo could not be more fitting.
The weighty subject matter of the song is balanced effectively with a composition that somehow feels effervescent and uplifting. “Naive” offers a warm embrace for broken hearts and a rescue from unhealthy relationships. Love is meant to be reciprocated, and listeners get the feeling that Kid Travis is beginning to learn not to settle for anything less than what he deserves.
Fans of Drake, The Weeknd, and Miguel will identify with Kid Travis’ engrossing, substantive melodies and willingness to push the boundaries of genre.
During an interview with Alchemical Records earlier this year, Kid Travis shared the best piece of advice he’s been given: “In high school, my teacher told me, ‘You can’t be lazy in this industry,’ and it has stuck with me since.”
Kid Travis’ increasing reach and growing influence in the larger music scene provides evidence that he’s taken the advice to heart. He has been recognized by industry heavyweights, including Post Malone, Bryson Tiller, Rich Brian, and Dominic Fike.
With more than 470K subscribers, his YouTube channel showcases a wealth of original music and covers. Kid Travis is an inspiring example of what it means to dedicate yourself fully to a dream and never relent until you see it through. He is an artist that’s clearly going places, so stay tuned.
This track has been added to our Alchemical Weekly YouTube Playlist.
Maryland-based singer-songwriter Cynthia Gross seeks to inspire an awakening to all we are and all we can become. With a passion for language in all of its forms and more than a decade of experience as a professional ghostwriter, she is a light seeker who understands the power of each individual’s voice to create positive, meaningful change.
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