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Coming across April Keez is like having unearthed a rare gemstone. In a time where there exists this fine gap between being looked upon as a full-time artist and being typecast as someone who otherwise brings out the artist in people, Keez’s unwavering passion for both is indubitably laudable.

A Berklee College of Music alumna, the young singer-songwriter has in fact been teaching people to write their own songs for nearly ten years now and considers it “the most fun job ever.” Surprisingly, though, in a recent interview with Big Sound Keez admits to having had an “unending perfectionism” with her music which prevented her from putting it out for a long time.

Finally in 2018, the Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist let go of perfection completely and launched her YouTube channel. She has since been sharing her own material and songwriting processes there on a weekly basis. That turned out to be the best decision she’s ever made. Her following quickly grew and her channel even got ranked among this year’s Top Songwriting Channels.

Photo by Ellamarie Quimby

What remarkably sets Keez apart is her profound dedication to music, both in helping others discover their creativity and in realizing her own. Her style plays around melodic narratives and pop-inspired music arrangement. With a voice so beautiful and soothing, there’s just no reason not to adore and support April Keez.

If you’re a fan of the likes of Regina Spektor, Wanting, Priscilla Ahn, and First Aid Kit, checking out April will surely triple that exact joy you felt the first time you heard those singers too given her honest, more natural way of sparking connection as an indie artist.

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Keez has dropped two consecutive singles earlier this year, the newest of which is “Retrograde”. Another single is coming out June 26th and the full album will follow later this summer. Find your way to her socials and become a fan today!

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