London-based artist Kianja gets candid about her past mistakes and journey of self-growth in new EP In A Different Light. It’s a three-track record where she infuses elements of jazz, soul, gospel, and pop into the smoky R&B soundscape as she looks back. As we approach the end of this year, In A Different Light offers the emotional depth listeners need to look back and take inventory of all the lessons learned:
On her EP, she shared:
“In A Different Light is essentially about the desire to show another side of myself. It is a love song connected to my growth as a young woman. In past situationships I behaved like an emotionally unstable, frivolous, broken little girl and that’s not all of who I am. I wish I had shown more love and care instead of weighing down shoulders with my emotional baggage. I didn’t understand that there was more to loving a man than looking sexy, I dismissed the fact that men need care and affection too. Writing that song helped me to start taking responsibility for the way I portrayed myself and just how difficult I can be. It helped me start being more honest about who I am and who I want to be.
Born in Northeast London, Kianja grew up listening to soul, reggae, and jazz. She briefly lived in Durban, South Africa for three years as a teen during which she polished her sound using influences of the new culture and her growing love for jazz. After returning to London, Kianja has been making waves across the London jazz scene, performing in some of the most iconic venues including Ronnie Scotts and Colours Hoxton.