Today, 16-year-old artist Kali, full name Kali Flanagan, shares her debut song and video. “Back To The Start” is the perfect introduction to the singer and multi-instrumentalist. Heartwarmingly lush and intuitive, the track beautifully soundtracks the accompanying visual co-directed by KALI, Zealand Yancy and Sophia Ziskin, which captures the joy of being a teenager as KALI drives around the city with her friends.
For Kali, music is a foundation. At an early age, her parents acknowledged her musical inclinations, putting her in piano lessons at the age of four. Her heart had been set on the guitar, which she now plays as well as bass, keyboard, drums and violin, but agrees that piano lessons were a fit place to start: “It was a great idea because it’s the center and the foundation of everything theory-wise.”
A prodigy of sorts, KALI grew up playing recitals and covering Beatles songs, taking private lessons with music teachers and going to after school music programs, and even taking songwriting masterclasses to nourish her passion. In 2017, KALI assembled her first band, Big Wednesday. Intuitive and eager, she taught herself how to use Garageband and began writing and demoing songs that she would later teach her bandmates for their shows. Their relatable and honest indie-surf arrangements drew sweaty, teenage crowds to local venues like The Smell and The Viper Room and would lead her to her now solo work as KALI, whose debut project is coming soon.