Tessa Kaye is a Philadelphia born, Los Angeles based pop artist. Armed with vibrant individuality and a fresh approach, the effervescent artist delivers infectious pop soundscapes, with raw and relatable themes. Having grown up in Utah with her adoptive family, Kaye struggled with the difficulties that being a black girl in a mostly white community faced. Raised in the Mormon church, she made the decision to leave once she reached early adulthood, moving to the West Coast to pursue her passion. Now, with a plethora of life experiences under her belt, Kaye wants to tell her story.
Following the successful release of her debut single "Fools Gold," which was added to numerous Spotify editorial playlists, including New Music Friday U.S., Kaye unveils the intoxicating "You Know Who You Are and I Hate You." An honest song narrating her lifelong struggles with severe anxiety, the songwriter gets vulnerable. She explains, "although it could be about a romantic relationship as well, I'm personally talking to my anxiety about the ways it has debilitated my life at times." The song is a reminder that it's perfectly ok to have days when you're down, we're all human and we're allowed to be soft, feel delicate or just not ok! Kaye confides, "I've had a lot of people try to tell me that my anxiety and how much I feel is a weakness. It's taken a lot of self work for me to realize that there's a strength in allowing yourself to simply be as weak as you feel in a moment. Black women in particular are always looked at as 'strong black women' and while yes, that is true, there are many sides to us."
"You Know Who You Are and I Hate You" is some of Kaye's most authentic work to date - her sincere lyrics emit an almost healing feeling and reassure that everything will be ok, if we just hold on a little bit longer. Sonically, the single features floating melodies, a moody waltz and comforting raindrop sounds, embodying the perfect thunderstorm and essentially a safespace to be your most vulnerable self. She succeeds in crafting a genre-defying sound incorporating contemporary R&B, indie pop, and electronic.
Having garnered over 100,000 streams on Spotify alone, Tessa Kaye is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with.