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.

 
 
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Jasmine Archie

 
 
I’ve always tried to be that person proving something to someone (and) I don’t need to take that burden, I don’t need that responsibility. I can be Kiya Lacey — or whoever I want to be — for myself. A part of being a black woman is having the ability to do that — I can have a fro, I can have braids, I can have it straightened. I have that freedom ... to become a new person whenever I want to (and) you can do that through your hair.
— Kiya Lacey
 
 
 Jasmine Archie

Jasmine Archie

 
 

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.

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You can find Kiya online at KiyaLaceyMusic.com and on Instagram @KiyaLacey.

 
 
 
 
 
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thank you, kiya!