“KIAN is part of a new generation who make music without boundaries.” – CLASH
“neo-spiritual, alternative indie sound” – Notion
“Rising star KIAN is an artist that embraces vulnerability and the complexities of human emotions…artist that needs to be on your radar.” – SPINDLE
KIAN (key-ahn) has channeled his youthful sincerity into music that captures how it feels to be young, vulnerable and in touch with your emotions. New cut ‘Sunbeam’, out now via Polydor Records, is a euphoric song about finding someone that brightens up your life, all while making you want to dance.
‘Sunbeam’ is Kian’s follow up to his recent single ‘Every Hour’ and his 2019 debut EP BLISS which generated over 100 million streams globally. ‘Sunbeam’ follows largely in the footsteps of ‘Every Hour’ with its powerful vocals, dreamy melodies and vivid lyrics.He uses songwriting to tackle everything from love and happiness to deconstructing masculinity in his songs. Bringing it all to life is a multi-dimensional sound that fuses alternative-pop with R&B elements and KIAN’s soulful vocals.
Talking about the track KIAN said: “Sunbeam is about the positive energy that you can see and feel within people close to you. I feel like most people have at least one person like this in their life. The people who always make you feel supported, safe and warm, no matter what happens or where you are. When you feel that warmth and light from others it helps you to project your own positivity…your own Sunbeam.”
After growing up in the small Victorian town of Castlemaine, KIAN spent the majority of his younger years travelling with his dad, making music in rural Australia. It was back in 2018 when Kian stepped into the limelight when he won the “Unearthed High Competition” in Australia hosted by international tastemaker radio station triple j. That track, ‘Waiting’ quickly became an incredible success: it was the most played local song on Australian radio for the first half of 2019, going double platinum, amassing over 50 million streams on Spotify, and earning both APRA nods and an ARIA Awards nomination for Song of the Year. Next came the Bliss EP, performances at both Laneway Festival and Splendour in the Grass, as well as a global deal with Republic Records. In 2020, KIAN earned his second ARIA nomination for ‘Every Hour’ in the category of “Best Soul/R&B Release.”
Now, following a year of travelling the world and writing with new collaborators, KIAN steps into a new chapter. A triple threat – a commanding singer, poetic songwriter and musician with a supernatural knack for melody – KIAN is an artist coming of age, with a sound and mentality surer than ever before.