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35 KEYS: A MUSIC & MODEL MOGUL IN THE MAKING




There is a new face and sound in the music and modeling industry, and she is here to show us just why she SHINES! 35 Keys is blazing a trail through the entire entertainment industry on every level! With a look and style of her own, she is putting her stamp on the world of arts and is showing she did not come to play; she came to slay!




Taught at an early age, she has become exceptionally skilled in singing, piano, and bass guitar. Being an early lover of music has encouraged her to pursue her dreams and delight everyone with her one-of-a-kind unique voice, style, and overall greatness we know as 35 Keys.





She is also a mental health advocate and has been helping others overcome mental complexities and encouraging others to stride forward and not allow anything to stop you from excelling at your dreams.






Without further ado, I bring to you Kalayah Grant Aka 35 Keys!



WE SEE YOU SHINING:

I first want to say thank you for this interview! We See You Shining has been following your career for some time now, and we are so excited to share a gem like you with the rest of our readers and audience.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

What’s your birth name and your music name and age?

35 KEYS:

Thank you so much for having me. My name is Kalayah Grant, and I go by the music name of “35 Keys,” and I am 21.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

As our readers will soon see, at a young age you are very well experienced and knowledgable about music, which you don't usually see in this era of music. So it is very refreshing for a lot of our audience and readers.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

What first got you into music?

35 KEYS:

Thank you! I love many greats that have come before us, so I would say I have an old musical soul. I first got started with music because I spent my free time listening to old

school music and live recordings on YouTube, and I was so amazed.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

How old were you when you first got into music?

35 KEYS:

I was six years old when I got into music.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

See that's what I mean, readers. She can't be anything but impressive to get into music that young and continue to carry it this long. I can't wait for everyone to hear your covers.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

When did you become 35 Keys?

35 KEYS:

I became 35Keys at a dark time of my life but mainly when my dad was 35

I remember making up the name.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

How did you come up with the name?

35 KEYS:

I came up with the name because I was very depressed, and it was such a rough time for me, and I needed a new vibe or almost alter ego.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

That is when a lot of our greatness comes about in life. Going through tough times, and not breaking, but instead strengthening and growing. I'm so glad you came out stronger on the other side of things—love and hugs to you and your tumultuous past.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

Who inspires you the most through music?

35 KEYS:

I am inspired by D’angelo, Lalah Hathaway, Erykah Badu, and Alicia Keys.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

Indeed these are some great artists, and I can definitely hear a little of each one of them in you.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

How would you describe the music that you typically listen to?

35 KEYS:

I listen to soulful music or just music that takes me mentally to another time

or place.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

That disconnect is real when the right music hits. You can create a whole other world in your mind.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

What is your creative process in preparing to play and creating music and writing songs?

35 KEYS:

Sometimes I force myself to create. I used to really struggle to try to

get things perfect or sounding cool, but now I do whatever feels authentic

and lay down a groove and come back to it another day. I often feel like

lyrically or musically, I have to experience the message or vibe first.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

Completely understood. Who would you most like to collaborate with?

35 KEYS:

I would like to collaborate with D’Angelo or Tobe Nwigwe.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

I see that as clear as day. Both of those collabs would be so dope. So I'm going to claim it right now and wait patiently for the greatness.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

If you could go open a show for any artist, who would it be?

35 KEYS:

It would probably be Alicia Keys or Stevie Wonder.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

What is one message you would give to your fans?

35 KEYS:

I would tell them to take that risk and follow your heart, we really only get

one life, and it could be so beautiful just keep trying! It is okay not to be like

others and not have it all together.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

I completely agree. So many artists get caught up in the smoke of trying to be like their peers that they often crash and burn as a result. I'm so glad you are unapologetically, beautifully, and creatively you.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

What is the best talent you have that helps you in being 35 Keys?

35 KEYS:

I have the ability to create and vibe; that is my superpower.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

Indeed you do, and it appears to be effortless. I just love your vibe.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

Do you sing in the shower? If so, What songs?

35 KEYS:

I appreciate it, and I sing in the shower all the time! One of my favorite songs to sing is Sweet Thing by Chaka Khan.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

That song is a classic and will last till the end of time. I know you kill it, and I would love to hear you do a cover of that song.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

What else would you be interested in right now if it wasn’t for music?

35 KEYS:

I would give modeling and or acting a go.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

It seems that you are already on the modeling path, and you are killing it with your eccentric look. I can also see you on the acting scene.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

What artist have you seen live, if any, and if you have, what were your favorite and least favorite shows?

Do you have any upcoming shows that you plan on attending or playing?

35 KEYS:

I have seen Erykah Badu, which was such a wonderful experience! My least favorite show was Lalah Hathway because her sound people were having troubles, but she still was killing it, and her set was short. I don’t have any

upcoming shows of my own yet, but I am working on original music. If Tyler

The Creator, H.e.r, or Alicia, is in town. I would definitely be there.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

35 KEYS:

I think it has it’s pro’s and con’s, but it is definitely beneficial if you know

how to use it right.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

I completely agree with you, as with most things in this age of social media and the Internet. When did you start playing guitar and piano?

35 KEYS:

I started playing piano at age 6 or 7, I believe. I think I was about 16 or 17

when I started with bass guitar.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

Starting early in music has definitely given you a leg up in the music scene. Which do you like best, live shows or IG live?

35 KEYS:

I think both are nerve-racking, but Live shows are purer and

enjoyable to me.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

I can imagine, but I think as time goes on you will find them both very enjoyable. What artist or musically influenced people have you met?

35 KEYS:

I have met Lalah Hathaway and Cee Lo Green.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

What is your favorite song to listen to when you are happy? What is your

favorite song to listen to when you are down?

35 KEYS:

I like to listen to Like Sugar by Chaka Khan when I am happy and; FairyTales

by Anita Baker when sad.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

Fairy Tales is heart-wrenching. I can definitely see that as a sad go-to song.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

Which famous musicians do you admire?

35 KEYS:

I admire Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Robert Glasper, and Alicia Keys.

I admire them all for different reasons, but overall I think they are great

musicians that have helped me.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

What indie artist do you admire?

35 KEYS:

I admire Floyd Fuji and Rimidi.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

Readers, go check out these indie artists and drop a line in the comments and tell us what you think.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

What is your favorite decade of music and why?

35 KEYS:

My favorite decade of music is whatever mood Stevie Wonder was in for

all his albums. That man is a real musician and storyteller that just feels me

with joy.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

I completely agree with you that Stevie is a musical genius from the very beginning of his musical career. What is the first album, cassette, or cd you ever purchased?

35 KEYS:

I bought a Stevie Wonder Vinyl this year 2021 titled

“Talking Book”

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

35 KEYS:

If I could change anything in the music industry, it would be å shift or

addition to what the radio plays or what’s considered mainstream.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

I agree with you there definitely needs to be a change.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

What’s next for 35 Keys?

35 KEYS:

Working on original music and just creating my own system and team for

me as an artist. I am taking time to learn and find ways to make my dreams and visions come true. I am at a point where I have a pretty good idea of what I want and how it can touch, help, and connect others through my music and vibe. I pray to stand my ground and present myself to the world just as I am.

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

35 Keys, we greatly appreciate your time and energy for this magnificent interview, and we look forward to more from you in the near future!

35 Keys:

Anytime! I appreciate the opportunity!

WE SEE YOU SHINING:

As a music lover, I am so excited to see all the new endeavors of 35 Keys, and I will be following up this interview with more modeling and music from her in the near future! Enjoy some of her covers of Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, and MORE!


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