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Kiesza is Baring Everything This Year
Kiesza debuted in 2014 and immediately became an international sensation as her video for the breakout hit single "Hideaway" cruised well past 100 million views on Youtube. Her funky '80s-inspired outfits, exotic dance moves, and soaring voice have made Kiesza a standout artist in the world of pop music.
Kiesza is playing on the Demi World Tour with Demi Lovato and other electro-pop stars, first at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and then the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, where she filmed her famous "Hideaway" video. From there she'll make a trip across the Atlantic to Europe, headlining her own tour with stops at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, Club Gretchen in Berlin, and the Bürgerhaus Stollwerck in Colonia, Germany. Then she'll play two shows in the U.K., first at London's Electric Brixton and next onto Manchester to take the stage at the Manchester Academy 2.
Before filming "Hideaway", Kiesza learned five new styles of dance in just three days. She was rewarded for this incredible effort by breaking a rib on the first day of shooting. She was tough enough to complete the video however, dancing through the brutal pain. Maybe her toughness comes from her time as a reserve member of the Royal Canadian Navy. She also has a knack for improvisation, which is evident in the fact that she wrote the melody and lyrics for "Hideaway" in just 90 minutes, before getting on a flight. She has also written songs for superstars Rihanna, Kylie Minogue, and Icona Pop.
Kiesza's success seems like a rocket ride to those on the outside, but she has been preparing herself for this since she was a child growing up in Calgary, Canada. She trained in ballet, jazz, and tap dancing in her early teens until injuring her knee. She first learnt to play the guitar without official lessons during her stint in the navy. She then studied singing, guitar, and keyboard at Selkirk College in British Colombia, before being offered a scholarship in the U.S. with Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music. Kiesza later moved to New York City and it was during this time that she expanded on her passion for folk music, mixing in elements of the electro-pop and deep house she is known for today.
By early 2014, Kiesza played some major events but was still far from being a household name. That changed quickly when she released the "Hideaway" video through Lokal Legend, an indie record label. The video is remarkable for being shot as one take, with Kiesza dancing and charming her way through a gritty Brooklyn neighbourhood. The song debuted at No. 1 two months later on the U.K. Singles Chart and continues to be Kiesza's signature hit.
Sound of a Woman is Kiesza's first full-length album. It includes the blockbuster "Hideaway" as well as other hit singles like "Giant in My Heart," which peaked at number on the U.K. charts, and "No Enemiesz."
Kiesza tickets will not only let you hear the songs you've sung along to with headphones or videos you've watched live, but you'll also see this dynamic young performer as she dances, sings, and plays a variety of instruments with an expertise that few pop stars can match. Kiesza's shows include surprises and elaborate props, such as showing up on stage in a yellow taxi cab and performing in front of a backdrop of NYC as colourful lights flash around her. A dozen or more backup dancers dressed in urban style clothes often join her on stage, dancing around her with wild moves but perfect precision.
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