Luh Kel is a once-in-a-generation talent with an immense level of staying power. His infectious personality, gracious hooks, and impactful melodies are key to his success. At 18, Luh Kel has already finished a couple of his lofty goals from his checklist. This may seem quick for some, but Luh Kel has been singing since he could talk. His family is documented saying the young phenom was catching notes by the age of 2. After years of singing at local events in his hometime of St. Louis and joining ProjecX, his career began. Once the young crooner got started, there was nothing that can stop him.
His social media presence has helped him and his music skyrocket in notoriety. Thanks to his clever TikTok and Instagram tactics, he has found a way to go viral with his music consistently and not his antics. The strength of his music and his superstar aura have helped him amass over 7 million collective followers across Facebook, IG, TikTok, and YouTube.
Luh Kel has multiple RIAA Gold/Platinum-certified hits, including “BRB,” “Pull Up,” and “Wrong,” featuring NY chart-topper Lil Tjay. At this point, he has worked with PnB Rock, Queen Naija, and Trippie Redd. His team at Cinematic Music Group (headed by Jonnyshipes) has helped mold the budding superstar for the next level. After growing up seeing Nelly & The St. Lunatics take over the game, Luh Kel knows it is his time to do the same. His latest record, “F Love,” is being received well by his radio, the DSPs, and, more importantly, his fans. Our conversation with the acclaimed recording artist covered various topics. Kel is wise beyond his years. We spoke about his upbringing, goals for the year, and his latest single “F Love” and much more during our talk.
Peep the dope sit-down below!
Ahmad Davis: First things first, please introduce Luh Kel to those who do not know who you are?
Luh Kel: I’m Luh Kel! I’m an 18 year-old R&B recording artist from St. Louis, Missouri.
AD: St. Louis hasn’t seen a music star this big since Nelly & Smino. Explain what your area means to you?
LK: To me, it means I can be the one to keep that legacy alive for the city and it inspires me to grind even harder.
AD: You have been on the Billboard charts and received multiple plaques in such a short time. What moment sticks out to you the most?
LK: Definitely going on tour with Polo G. I miss doing live shows but we’re almost back.
AD: Your new record “F Love” is a smash! Tell us how the record came about?
LK: I was on an LA recording trip and in my studio session, I was humming a melody that ended up being “F Love” on my phone. It was catchy so recorded it. Everyone in the studio was vibing to it, I knew it was a hit.
AD: Although it’s a pandemic, you still have been able to perform in some virtual shows. Can you discuss how that has been going and explain the differences between that and in-person shows?
LK: It’s really different because I’m not performing in front of a real crowd, but I still give it my all every time out there.
AD: You have worked with Lil Tjay, Trippie Redd, and even Queen Naija. Do you have any other dream collaborations?
LK: I want collaborate with Justin Bieber. I can see us doing a great song together.
AD: If you had dinner and could only invite 5 people whose work you enjoy (DOA) who would those people be?
LK: Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Elvis Presley, and Ariana Grande.
AD: What inspired your sound?
LK: Growing up, I listened to a lot of Chris Brown and Michael Jackson
AD: Many people feel like being in a relationship is not “cool” but you speak proudly about love. How do you come up with your subject matter?
LK: I like love; I grew up around it, listened to music about it nonstop, so it’s like already in me to speak and write music about it.
AD: Do you ever take the time to look at how far you came? Also, how do you keep yourself centered?
LK: Yes, I keep myself centered by staying focus, and staying in the studio to express my feelings.
AD: Where do you see yourself in the next 3 years?
LK: I see myself on top of the world! I want to be the biggest artist in the game.
AD: Lastly, what should people expect from your next project?
LK: You should expect singles with different vibes, sounds, and melodies, so stay tuned!
Follow Luh Kel on social media, and stay tuned for more new music soon! For now, check out his latest single, “F Love” today!