Born in North-East London, Kianja was raised on a musical diet of Soul, Reggae and Jazz. Her obsession for songwritingand performing began at aged 12 before moving to Durban, South Africa for three years as a teenager. A few years later she returned to London, whereshe attended the coveted Brit School, then Guildhall (where she studied Jazz), all alongside writing and producing her original material in her bedroom. Her undeniable talent and hard work brought the young Londoner overwhelming critical support.
Her debut EP ‘Glory’ lead to support across BBC Radio 1, Rinse FM and 1Xtra. Her impeccable live performancesalso earned her a personal recommendation from Nile Rodgers to perform at Meltdown Festival at the London Southbank. Following the release of her second EP ‘In A Different Light’, she was made the cover of the ‘Surface’ Spotify playlist. Other playlist features of the title single include: ‘Easy’, ‘Sweet Soul Sunday’ and ‘Spotify and Chill’. Kianja’s ‘Place for Me’ made ‘New Music Friday UK’, ‘R&B UK’, ‘Riffs and Runs’ and several other Spotify playlists.