2020 was a huge debut year for rising music star Kee’ahn. Releasing her debut single in the middle of the Covid lockdown in late May 2020 was always going to be a challenge but this songstress from the tropics of FarNorth QLD rose to the occasion and surpassed all expectations with her soulful track Better Things. The single almost immediately thrust her into the Australian music psyche with its message becoming a mantra for many struggling through the challenges of lock down and a changed world.
Effortlessly blending the sounds of soul, R&B and pop throughout her music, Kee’ahn weaves lush melodies and words reminiscent of heartbreak and healing. Her rich vocals and hopeful lyrics champion the idea that finding strength in our struggles, encourages us to reflect, reinvent, and rejoice in all of our own individual healing journeys.
Kee’ahn is a proud Kuku Yalanji, Jirrbal, Zenadth Kes song woman who has recently ventured from her home town in Far North QLD, to pursue her dream in the Kulin Nation (Melbourne, Australia). With a name coming from the Wik people, meaning to dance, to sing, to play – Kee’ahn aims to honour her name and Ancestors through her soulful music “As a First Nations woman, my connection to music is strong because of my connection to my culture. I come from a long line of disruptors. My matriarchs were told to quieten their voices, but our stories were always shared and heard. My voice and my music allows me to connect to my Ancestors and to my purpose”
In the time since the release of the single Kee’ahn has been so busy that’s it become difficult for her to do anything removed from music. A NAIDOC Week program saw Kee’ahn play shows for TikTok (Aust) an ABC on line concert, she was selected to be one of the three collaborators for the 2020 Triple J Unearthed Naidoc Week collaboration along with a BIGSOUND Spotify showcase, curating the opening night program for Melbourne Music Week, taking part in a US Instagram Creators campaign, performing as part of the channel 9 broadcast of THE STATE OF THE NATION concert and the Delivered Live Youtube TV
show as well as a raft of other online appearances and shows. BETTER THINGS was playlisted on Double J, Triple J Unearthed, ABC Local Radio, 2SER, EDGE Radio, and played on Triple J amongst many other media reviews and airplay.
She has picked up Management representation, Agency representation, Brand representation as well as a swag of awards and nominations along the way.
2021 will see her showcase for Both the US Folk Alliance ‘Folk Unlocked’ international conference in January and SXSW International Conference in late February.
2020 Winner Archie Roach Award, National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs)
2020 Finalist, New Talent of the Year (NIMAs)
2020 Finalist, Song of The Year (NIMAs)
2020 Winner Music Vic Awards 2020 for Best Emerging Artist