“I don’t feel pressure to change myself, I’m here because I am myself.” - LU KALA Every once and a while an artist appears who is destined to break the mold, LU KALA a is one of them. The fiery voiced songstress—with signature orange hair to match—is redefining what a pop star sounds and looks like. Despite success as a songwriter, behind the lyrics was a voice waiting to be released, a voice that didn’t conform to the vocal style producers assumed they’d hear. Instead her sound—raw, intensely emotive and mercurial with an ability to lean into dance, R&B, rock, soul and pop, at will—defied it. Unwilling to vocally bend herself into the box black female performers are expected to exist in, KALA has embraced her distinctive sound, transforming her trajectory as an artist and a woman in the process.