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Who Is Kehlani? The Oakland Singer Talks "America's Got Talent" & How Nick Cannon Saved Her Life

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One of the biggest winners coming out of this years SXSW was definitely Kehlani. The 19-year-old Oakland singer caught our attention last year when she released the acclaimed mixtape Cloud 19, which featured spunky, joyous songs like "FWU." At SXSW, she won over even more fans after performing at a ton of shows and impressing audiences with her poise and stage presence. Her live show is no fluke, it comes from her years spent performing as part of the band Poplyfe​ and her stint on NBC's America's Got Talent. So despite still being a teenager, Kehlani has actually been working in music for years now. But that's only half the story. Kehlani has been many trials and tribulations. Her father died when she was just an infant and her drug addicted mother left her to be raised by her aunt. After discovering a knack for singing she ended up joining Poplyfe and going on America's Got Talent. But things didn't go so well from there as she eventually found herself homeless. That is, until she got a helping hand from Nick Cannon and she slowly built her way to where she is now. With a life story that has this many twists and turns, we just had to get to know her better. So find out everything you need to know about her in Who Is Kehlani? as she discusses her musical influences, why she left Poplyfe, and her upcoming mixtape. Subscribe to Complex for More: http://goo.gl/PJeLOl Check out more of Complex here: http://www.complex.com https://twitter.com/ComplexMag https://www.facebook.com/complex http://instagram.com/complexmag https://plus.google.com/+complex/ Entertaining videos that bring to life Complex Media's authoritative take on trendsetting music, sneakers, style, pop culture, video games, tech, cars, and art—featuring your favorite celebrities from the past, present, and future. COMPLEX is a community of creators and curators, armed with the Internet, and committed to surfacing and sharing the voices and conversations—both multi-culture and multicultural—that define our new America. We make culture pop. Who Is Kehlani? The Oakland Singer Talks "America's Got Talent" & How Nick Cannon Saved Her Life from Complex.
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Worldclass (1 day ago)
So she latin native n Spanish is latin native are Mayan Aztecs California was Mexico natives she got the Latin Features
Cris Sparts (14 days ago)
I know her thanks to posty
Zach Engel (15 days ago)
3:55 🤦🏻‍♂️ now butt signing is a thing
Rillust (16 days ago)
It's to bad she blotted herself with all the tats.
Samantha Messier (24 days ago)
My sister knew her
5Min/Day (28 days ago)
Kehlani is a man..WTF?? Y'all are blind..They made him pretty looking but damn it's obvious
Alexis Walton (1 month ago)
This was published on my birthday 3 years ago.. and now I get to meet her in 5 days 😩❤️
Sara m (2 months ago)
She looks latina
Navy Neal (2 months ago)
Girl wym u couldnt really dance anymore in all ur music videos u is dancing sweety 💕
Linda 93 (2 months ago)
I wish people would stop pronouncing her name "kah" it's kay-e-lani.
Gus Alcon (2 months ago)
She sounds a bit too much like cardi B.
Destiny Milloy (5 months ago)
And I love your music
Destiny Milloy (5 months ago)
Your so pretty
gustavo aldaco (6 months ago)
Did this bitch just say I’m part Spanish
Kiara Santoni (6 months ago)
I thought she was a bit filipino ???
Jamesc HD (6 months ago)
She has a song called loyal but didn't she cheat on Kyrie?😂
CDAWG REACTZ (4 months ago)
Jamesc HD nah she cheated on PND I think
Dawg Home (6 months ago)
I love Kehlani's voice.😘
Mariam baba (7 months ago)
1 millionth viewer
Dj marshmello (7 months ago)
i love you Kehlani❤
Rayyan El-Nafaty (7 months ago)
God she's beautiful
Fitriani _dv (7 months ago)
Love this dancing
Firstplace Fj (7 months ago)
I'm from Oakland bih 39th ave and mac arthur
Kehlani, Keep Doing You!! U've Got It All Baby!! Stay On This earth!! You've got alot to do Boo!! Baby Stop Smoking!! I Love Your Vocals, Dancing, Writing!! Stay Woke!!
OWTLAW100 (8 months ago)
What a beauty of woman
Savage Sweet (8 months ago)
She's beautiful and I put that in god
kyra evans (8 months ago)
The people who LOSE on these shows WIN later in life!!!
Azure King (9 months ago)
Im from Oakland too
Brian Gonzalez (9 months ago)
Loyal my ass
Stupid Weirdo (9 months ago)
My name is Leilani and I'm black white and native american but I am not Spanish. Thats crazy
Isabel S (9 months ago)
i remember seeing her on agt When i was 11 in her band Poplyfe, i loved her voice and I was so sad when they didn't make it to the next round, but i always hoped the best for her, now im 16 and i still love her
Jadandlud (9 months ago)
It's like looking at a tatooed up Demi Lovato.
Lyla Faith (10 months ago)
Wanna wife her so bad
Waffle Chicken (10 months ago)
Kehlani should be every teens role model kylie fuck u
NM Nadjib (10 months ago)
hah gayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Mya2435 (10 months ago)
this is the very first interview I saw of her now she is known all over the world so proud of her
DRAGON one (11 months ago)
she looks sweaty!
Toya Jones (11 months ago)
This bitch is not from the town i never seen this wack ass bitch any were in oakland unless she from north oakland or down town oakland lol bitch can't sing or dance for shit real muthafuckas from the bay would never sell their soul bitch you are a nuthan ass illuminati loser bitch you will be dead soon...........
Tony M (11 months ago)
"Don't ever talk to a girl who says she only has a friend" PnD was not just a friend lol
Tu'u Panama (11 months ago)
I thought she was Hawaiian too
파체 (11 months ago)
her voice sounds like that of a 50s woman who smoked for her whole life lol but still love her songs
Hot New Music (11 months ago)
aznpanda510x (11 months ago)
Dam i'm sad, now that nick not on AGT... girls like this will be lost with no support.
Video Wacher (11 months ago)
She's Spanish. What race is that?
jesusbar313 (1 year ago)
i bel t she hates looking back at America's got Talent it must of been an embarassing time of her life. She wasN't the prettiest LOL
mian fazle razik (1 year ago)
She looks like a twin sister of Demi lovato
KUUIPO GRACE (1 year ago)
But seriously, why the Hawaiian name? Where'd that come from?
Starr Goddess (1 year ago)
So inspiring !! 💕💕
Coolest Jones (1 year ago)
My granddaughter name is kailani
pramesh gurung (1 year ago)
wait .. this is the girl from irving fiasco right???
My daughter's name is kaylani 😂
amber D. (1 year ago)
When you search her ethnicity they always say that she has filipino in her, but all she said was Black, White, Native American and Spanish. hmm🤔🤔🤔
princesssale (1 year ago)
If anyone is selling or giving away their Meet and Greet Package for Los Angeles June 18th, Please LET ME KNOW !!
alda velagic (1 year ago)
Daaaang, she didn't have her other tattoos at this time..
Sherelle Willis (1 year ago)
I love love Kehlani and that shes from Oakland just like Keyshia Cole and Adrian Marcel
KnightfallPro (1 year ago)
black,white,native american, AND hispanic? This girl is a rainbow
Sunethra K (1 year ago)
She is so down to earth. Bless her soul and success to her..
GarryMrvn (1 year ago)
4:46 ohhh that's my (loading...) friend
Louie Lopez (1 year ago)
Kehlani looks like Trailer Trash.. her new name is T.T. She still looks like she's homeless. Like she never brushes her teeth, and showers twice a week. She's ghetto.
VivaciousMel (1 year ago)
Omg SHE WAS IN POPLYFE!? I remember
Beebo! at the disco (1 year ago)
her voice is so calming how
Ayiana Escobar (1 year ago)
You guys should do another interview on her new album!!! Like it would be really good to see what she has to say about this album because she has grown a lot !
Nyelle Baylor (1 year ago)
she grewn up where zendaya grew up
FLOWER PUNK (1 year ago)
God damn being famous really does make u hot
sensei laura uchiha (1 year ago)
I love u kehlani
carmengonzales282 (1 year ago)
u need to repent & give Jesus your life. bisexuals dont go to heaven
KnightfallPro (1 year ago)
carmengonzales282 No, Full on gay people don't go to heaven. She likes boys and girls.
Rebekah S (1 year ago)
glad i stopped sleeping on this queen
layla (1 year ago)
She seems cool af
FangirlWifi (1 year ago)
SHES 19??? WTF
Joshua Cisneros (1 year ago)
FangirlWifi 22 In April
ItzYaGalBre !! (1 year ago)
Abundant Peace (1 year ago)
she's so damn weird and awkward i love her haha
I love doing covers of kehlani s music
I love you kehlani we the same chick except I got white in me instead of black!!!! native Mexican irish
theabstrakt84 (1 year ago)
She is partly white and why does it matter first of all...cheez
Katie Dunlap (1 year ago)
Literally I almost fainted when they showed her on AGT. I remember their audition and I would have NEVER in a million years think that girl was Kehlani. I'm just amazed by how amazing she looks now and how much more talent she has gathered over the years. The ultimate glow up!!
Kenji Lucian (1 year ago)
Surprised you didn't make the joker your baby daddy!!!
Adison Hynick (1 year ago)
how do u pronounce her name
Charlotte Kama (1 year ago)
Oh srry yeah thank u...srry for my mistake :)
Diana Prince (1 year ago)
Are you white 💀
Kai pretty (1 year ago)
nee I meant
Kai pretty (1 year ago)
Charlotte Kama it's actually Kay-lun-nee
Kai pretty (1 year ago)
Adison Hynick it's actually kay-lun-nie
Tanya Brax (1 year ago)
She really GLOWED UP
Eirin Holt (1 year ago)
Literally can't look at her the same way after she said she doesn't like white girls😭😭 pettyyyyy
Arayah Halani (1 year ago)
Eirin Holt wait when and why'd she say that?
Beast Mode (1 year ago)
whats that song in the background?
Beast Mode (1 year ago)
Hanna Rose oh yea they said in the beginning Thank You
Hanna Rose (1 year ago)
Beast206 FWU by Kehlani
cheyenne flinn (1 year ago)
she sounds alot like Snow Tha Product
jesusbar313 (1 year ago)
cheyenne flinn they both from The Bay too lol
I love kehlani 🎀🍉🌺🍓💜
Averionna Townes (1 year ago)
WOW! it takes a very strong person to tell all that about themselves when it is no body's businesses !!
rxz4140 (1 year ago)
she cute in this interview.
Ronald Butts (1 year ago)
iamlegend2999 too bad she's bisexual I know people is going to scream on me for this
iamlegend2999 (1 year ago)
she cute period
strAngekiD (1 year ago)
Drake and Kehlani otp
Fahrudin Nakicevic (1 year ago)
This girl that cheated on Kyrie ? Lol
Essence Ballard (1 year ago)
Fahrudin Nakicevic she didn't cheat
Jamal Turner (1 year ago)
x3 Kauionalani (1 year ago)
Omg no! I'm Hawaiian and I'm not mad at her at all for her name being Hawaiian she's my biggest fckn inspiration!💖💖💖
Kehlani Parrish (1 year ago)
Omg she's black,white, Native American and Spanish and I'm black, white and Native American
Anias G (1 year ago)
Everyone has native, white and black in their blood. I'm almost full native but I know I got white blood in me.
one city at a time 😋
we takin ova
mix breeds rule
Je Moedé (1 year ago)
She reminds me of jessi j
Vicky Villarreal (1 year ago)
I love your voice and definitely can relate to the enjoying love and soul music. One of my ultimate favorite genre music growing up.
Michael Ogletree (1 year ago)
your stupid bitch your white
huey (1 year ago)
Michael Ogletree *you're. also she's mixed
John Williams (1 year ago)
that glo up tho damn mami
Mariah Reyes (1 year ago)
jersey 413. loved ur story! t think you have an amazing voice! continue 2 just simply shine😊
Aj forever lee (1 year ago)
her style is similar to riri
GoldenNZ (1 year ago)
i love her
Vonna Rufus (1 year ago)
so interesting😍😍
fun fact: zendaya is her sister
Charisma thank you😂😂😂👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
Diana Prince (1 year ago)
This girl was obviously kidding, you guys are lame 😂🖕🏽
Taylor Richardson (1 year ago)
Faith Morse no zendaya is not her sister
HumanNature1117 (1 year ago)
Have a seat. You said fun fact like it was the truth.
Ms Bubbles (1 year ago)
lols her name must be commonly asked! i thought she was partial hawaiian because her name is kehlani..very common here in hawaii but usually its spelled keilani
Waleed Khan (1 year ago)
sexy & cute & swager& dimply
Gurpinder Johal (1 year ago)
chick got a song where the hook is "he love me cause I'm loyal" but fucking cheats
Brian Gonzalez (9 months ago)
just cuz kyrie a humble dude doesn't mean this THOT didn't cheat on him lol Or did she cheat on PartyNextdoor first with Kyrie idk LMAOO fucking ugly Rat
TalliBear 24 (1 year ago)
Gurpinder Johal Get Ur Facts Straight She Didn't Cheat , Kyrie Even Said That She Didn't Cheat
NN (1 year ago)
You still think she cheated?? Even after Kyrie himself confirmed that she didn't.

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