Beginning as a fleeting summer camp friendship, synth pop trio, Moon Kissed's genre-bending approach fuses elements of indie, pop, electronic, and jazz to create an avant-garde sound all their own. Each having grown up in the New York City area, Khaya, Emily, and Leah pride themselves on their honest outlook and independent mindset. The conventions of pop music typically call for formulaic compositions constructed by hired songwriters. Instead, the trio prefers to keep things personal by writing, recording, and producing all of their own music.
Lead vocalist and producer, Khaya, felt her soulful voice emerge at a young age. At 15, she was a finalist on The X Factor, but quickly realized the pop star archetype was not made for her. Now a matured college student, she realizes her artistic vision extends far beyond easy-listening pop. Instrumentalist and composer Emily comes from a background of jazz and classical music. She is determined to revolutionize these long-established sounds and bring them to the forefront of new-age composition. Also coming from a jazz background, drummer Leah is eager to help curate the band’s artistic vision and produce a cutting-edge sound. Together, Khaya, Emily and Leah are marrying their divergent musical experiences and inspirations to define Moon Kissed.
Channeling acts such as St. Vincent, Chairlift, Phantogram, Broods, Grimes, Lorde, and Charli XCX, Moon Kissed is a synth pop band with a twist in every direction. Stepping out of the box of defined genre, Khaya, Emily, and Leah strive to make their listeners a little uncomfortable. Ultimately, Moon Kissed aims to bring music of substance, wholly created by women, to the frontline of culture. Moon Kissed wants to submerge contemporary pop music into a slightly darker world and showcase the moody sound that they’ve created.