Kiesa Rae Ellestad （生于1989年1月16日），专业称为Kiesza（/ ķ aɪ ž ə / KY -za），是加拿大歌手和多来自卡尔加里的乐器演奏家，最近在纽约和伦敦工作。她搬到多伦多，那里因车祸受伤，需要休假数年才能康复。
在同一次采访地铁，基泽萨声称，她可以找到她的血统的人谁并肩作战罗伯特布鲁斯在班诺克本战役，阐述“有很多苏格兰人在加拿大吨爷爷在苏格兰遗产- 。他是黑色的 道格拉斯 ”。
尼克·克雷温（Nick Krewen）在《多伦多星报》（Toronto Star）中写道，凯萨（Kiesza）的车祸发生在2017年，当时她在多伦多的优步（Uber）乘车，这是由出租车打成束的。他报告说，要从她所说的“ 颅脑外伤 ”中恢复过来，就 必须在黑暗的房间里待六个月。
CKUA 民间路线主持人汤姆·考克斯沃斯（Tom Coxworth）选择她为现场观众表演并在他的广播节目中进行现场直播。后不久，她被接受的希尔克学院在纳尔逊，BC，在那里她学习键盘，声音和吉他。接下来，凯萨（Kiesza）获得了奖学金，就读于马萨诸塞州波士顿的伯克利音乐学院。参加Berklee后，她于2010年前往纽约市推进了她的音乐事业。尽管基耶萨起初主要是民谣歌手，在参加Berklee并居住在纽约之后，她转向了更加“ 快节奏的声音” ，为此她与制片人Rami Samir Afuni合作。2010年，她被选为30,000人参加在伦敦特拉法加广场举行的加拿大国庆日庆祝活动。
2014年2月，Kiesza 通过标签Lokal Legend发行了她的新单曲“ Hideaway ” 的视频。Idolator认为这是独一无二的，因为Kiesza在纽约布鲁克林的N 12th Street步行和跳舞时，在整个视频中都花了很长时间。滚石乐队的 John Gentile 称这种风格为“令人印象深刻”。 Kiesza向Rolling Stone报告，她在制作视频时遇到了麻烦，部分原因是她在拍摄前就摔断了肋骨，并且“此后一个月都无法动弹”。由安妮·麦克（Annie Mac）首演 在BBC电台1的 Mac的“特殊投放”部分中播放。 “ Hideaway”在2014年4月26日发行的英国单身榜上首次亮相。
在录制“ Hideaway”后不久，Kiesza发行了新视频，作为Haddaway歌曲“ What Is Love ” 的翻唱。卡尔加里先驱报（Calgary Herald ）的迈克·贝尔（Mike Bell）称她的歌曲版本为“哈达威（Haddaway）1993年舞曲《爱是什么？》她放慢了脚步，放了一段视频，展示了她和其他人，慢慢地发现自己没有衣服，以表达“原始的情感”。
Kiesza的第二张单曲《我心中的巨人》于2014年6月13 日在Annie Mac的BBC Radio 1节目中首播。它进入了英国单曲榜第四位。
Kiesza与Skrillex和Diplo合作创作了歌曲“ TakeÜThere ”，这是两家制作人之间合作混音带的第一首单曲。她与他人合写了Gorgon City的“ Go All Night”，其中詹妮弗·哈德森（Jennifer Hudson）演唱了自己的歌词，该歌词出现在英国二人组合的首张专辑Sirens中。
她为蕾哈娜（Rihanna）写了几首歌，这是她第八张专辑中考虑的歌曲。她还与Loreen合作制作了她的专辑，该专辑预计将于2016年发行，并合写了第二张单曲“ I’m in It with You ”。
Kiesza于2017年1月6日发行了单曲“ Dearly Beloved”。同日，通过KieszaVevo频道在YouTube上发布了伴随音乐视频，展示了Kiesza和一把白色吉他。根据Kiesza的说法，这首歌和她未来的创作灵感源于她的“最好的朋友爱丽丝（Alice），死了将近一年半（截至17年1月6日）”。2017年3月17日，比特犬（Pitbull）发布了《气候变化》（Climate Change），主题是与凯萨（Kiesza）合作，名为“我们很坚强”。同时，Cerrone发行了专辑RedLips，专辑名称与Kiesza合作，名为“ Ai n’t No Party”。
Kiesa Rae Ellestad (born January 16, 1989), known professionally as Kiesza (/ˈkaɪzə/ KY-za), is a Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist from Calgary, who has most recently worked in New York City and London. She relocated to Toronto, where injuries from a car accident required her to take several years off, to recover.
Kiesza was born and raised in Calgary. Her last name Ellestad is Norwegian from her paternal side and her grandfather is from Fagernes in Norway.
When she was 16, she took part in the Sail and Life Training Society (SALTS) program and later became a sailing instructor at the Glenmore Sailing School in 2007. A year later she joined the reserves of the Royal Canadian Navy along with her brother, becoming a NavCom (Naval Communicator). It was while she was at crew singalongs at the Navy that she taught herself to play guitar.
Meanwhile, she also entered the Miss Universe Canada pageant. She stated that her time in the Navy motivated her to give away 4,500 CDs to Canadian troops serving in Afghanistan in 2008.
Kiesza took part in the Young Canadians, performing tap and jazz dancing, as well as theatre. She also trained as a ballerina, however, a knee injury at age 15 ended her ballet career.
When Kiesza was 18, she says that her parents’ divorce caused her to write her first song, as a way of expressing her feelings. The same year, she heard a song of hers played on the radio.
In an interview with the Metro, Kiesza claimed that she can trace her lineage to someone who fought alongside Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn, elaborating “There’s a lot of Scottish people in Canada. Tons. My grandpa was of Scottish heritage – he was of the black Douglases”.
Nick Krewen, writing in the Toronto Star, reported that Kiesza’s accident occurred in 2017 when she was taking a ride in an Uber, in Toronto, which was t-boned by a taxi. He reported that part of her recovery from what she described as “traumatic brain injury” required her staying in a darkened room for six months.
2006–2013: Career beginnings
CKUA Folk Routes host Tom Coxworth selected her to perform for a live audience and to be broadcast live on his radio show. Shortly after, she was accepted to the Selkirk College in Nelson, BC, where she studied keyboard, voice and guitar. Next, Kiesza obtained a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. After attending Berklee, she went to New York City in 2010 to advance her music career. Although Kiesza started as mainly a folk singer, after attending Berklee and then living in New York, she moved to a more “uptempo sound” for which she worked with producer Rami Samir Afuni. In 2010 she was selected to play at the Canada Day celebrations at Trafalgar Square in London for 30,000 people.
In 2012, Kiesza released her first single after starting work with Afuni in New York, a “disco-infused pop” single titled “Oops” about a couple that had unprotected sex. She labelled her style of music at the time as “SteamPop”, described by AjanWrites as “a flaming brew of bold, boisterous pop filled with tongue-in-cheek lyrics”. In a later 2014 interview, she said “Oops” was made as a joke.
Kiesza was featured in the single Triggerfinger by the Norwegian band Donkeyboy in 2013. She has also written for other artists, such as Rihanna, Kylie Minogue and Icona Pop.
2014–2016: Sound of a Woman
In February 2014, Kiesza released the video for her new single “Hideaway” through the label Lokal Legend.Idolator considered it unique, for having a long take throughout the entire video, as Kiesza walked and danced through N 12th Street In Brooklyn, New York City. John Gentile of Rolling Stone called the style “impressive”. Kiesza reported to Rolling Stone that she had trouble making the video, partly because she broke a rib just before filming, and “couldn’t move for an entire month afterward.” It was premiered by Annie Mac on her Mac’s Special Delivery segment on BBC Radio 1. “Hideaway” debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart issued for April 26, 2014.
Shortly after “Hideaway” charted, Kiesza released a new video for her cover of Haddaway’s song “What Is Love”. Mike Bell of the Calgary Herald referred to her version of the song as a “jaw-droppingly gorgeous cover of Haddaway’s 1993 dance smash What Is Love?” She performed a slowed down version, with a video showing her and others, slowly revealed to be without clothes, to express “raw emotions”.
Kiesza’s second single, “Giant in My Heart”, premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show on June 13, 2014. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number four.
Kiesza collaborated with Skrillex and Diplo on the song “Take Ü There”, which was released as the first single from a collaborative mixtape between the two producers. She co-wrote Gorgon City’s “Go All Night”, which features Jennifer Hudson singing her lyrics, which was on the British duo’s debut album, Sirens.
She appeared as a guest on Duran Duran’s album, Paper Gods, released September 11, 2015.
She wrote several songs for Rihanna which were considered for her eighth album. She also worked with Loreen on her album, which was expected to be released in 2016, and co-wrote the second single, “I’m in It with You”.
2017: Dearly Beloved, Malinkiesza, Phantom of the Dancefloor and second album
Kiesza released the single “Dearly Beloved” on January 6, 2017. An accompanying music video, which showcases Kiesza and a white guitar, was posted on YouTube the same day through the KieszaVevo channel. According to Kiesza, the song and her future material were inspired by her “best friend Alice [who] passed away nearly a year and a half ago [as of 1/6/17]”. On March 17, 2017, Pitbull released Climate Change featuring a collaboration with Kiesza titled “We Are Strong”. On the same time, Cerrone released the album RedLips featuring a collaboration with Kiesza titled “Ain’t No Party”.
Return to performing in 2019
After a two-year hiatus following a car crash that left her with a traumatic brain injury, Kiesza released a new single, “Sweet Love,” and returned to touring in June 2019. Paper magazine referred to the new song as being a “blend of genres”.
According to Paper magazine Kiesza is working on a musical.
2014 – Sound of a Woman (Deluxe)
2020 – Crave
2020 – Dark Tales EP [new]