ep. 37: Kiya Lacey
Alternative R&B artist Kiya Lacey talks about her sound and image, fighting labels, and her decision to cut off her dreadlocks after growing them out for eight years.
Our guest this week is Kiya Lacey, an up-and-coming alternative R&B artist who grew up in East Nashville and is currently based in Atlanta. At only 23 years old, Kiya has already received worldwide recognition for her artistry and credits her unique sound, an infusion of "jazz and blues background with hip hop beats," to her exposure to Nashville's wide variety of musical genres.
In this episode, Kiya shares how her move to Atlanta from Nashville pushed her outside of her comfort zone and has made her work harder to be a better artist. She talks about her image, the double-edged sword that is social media, and fighting labels. She also talks all things beauty, like how she uses Vitamin E oil to create a natural glow and why having long nails makes her feel like a glamorous lady. Kiya believes so much of our gut is reflected on our face, and that the key to beauty (and maintaining a healthy weight) is happiness and passion.
The night we interviewed Kiya, she had just chopped off her eight-year-old dreadlocks and the tears she shed during the cut left a visible indention in the foundation down either side of her face. Photographer Jasmine Archie was there to capture every emotion, and the incredibly moving photos can be seen in this post. During the interview, we of course asked her why the dreadlocks were so important to her and how she came to the decision to cut them off. This also led Kiya to share her thoughts on natural hair and the stigmas surrounding it, but also its transformative qualities.
Download the episode on iTunes or listen below, and scroll down for a full product breakdown.
kiya's desert-island products
- gulsha Ultimate Rosewater
Other products/things discussed in this episode:
- Kiya uses Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in shade NC44.
- Both Kiya and Jesse love to shop for natural beauty products at Turnip Truck.
- Kiya loves OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner.
- Kiya's new music video for the song "Down" can be seen below.