Kelsey Lu

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Kelsey Lu
Birth nameKelsey Elizabeth McJunkins
Born (1991-05-12) May 12, 1991 (age 29)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
OriginBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • cellist
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • cello
Years active2016–present
Labels
Websitewww.kelsey.lu

Kelsey Elizabeth McJunkins, known professionally as Kelsey Lu, is an American singer and cellist based in Los Angeles, California.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kelsey Lu was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and had a strict Jehovah's Witness upbringing.[2] Both of Lu's parents are musicians: her father is a percussionist, her mother a pianist.[3] Lu began studying classical composition at age 6, learning piano, violin, and cello.[2] At age 18, Lu left her family home to attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts on a scholarship.[3] A year later, she dropped out of the school.[4]

Career[edit]

Kelsey Lu recorded her debut EP, Church, in a church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.[5] During this time, she toured with the band Wet as their opening act.[2] She released Church in 2016.[6] She released her debut album, Blood, in 2019.[7] In that year, she also released Blood Transfusion, a collection of remixes of tracks from Blood.[8]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Blood (2019)[9]

EPs[edit]

  • Church (2016)[10]
  • Blood Transfusion (2019)[11]

Singles[edit]

  • "Dreams" (2016)
  • "Shades of Blue" (2018)[12]
  • "Due West" (2018)[13]
  • "I'm Not in Love" (10cc cover) (2019)
  • "Blood" (2019)
  • "Due West (Skrillex Remix)" (2019)[14]
  • "Where or When" (with Onyx Collective) (2020)
  • "Morning Dew" (2020)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Easter, Makeda (August 20, 2019). "Solange. Blood Orange. Kelsey Lu. There's a new wave of genre-bending black artists". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Gore, Sydney (February 15, 2016). "Cellist Kelsey Lu Will Have You Under Her Spell". Nylon. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Hager, Emma (July 15, 2016). "Kelsey Lu Doesn't Sound Like Anyone Else". Elle. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  4. ^ Frank, Alex (August 12, 2016). "Kelsey Lu's Dreams Are Better Than Yours". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  5. ^ Nikas, Joanna (August 25, 2016). "Kelsey Lu McJunkins, Hitting the Stages of Afropunk and Barclays Center". The New York Times. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  6. ^ Lobenfeld, Claire (November 10, 2016). "Kelsey Lu is the maverick cellist whose loop experiments have wooed Blood Orange and Solange". Fact. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  7. ^ Mokoena, Tshepo (April 24, 2019). "Kelsey Lu Had to Manifest Hopeful Pop from Pain". Vice. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  8. ^ Bruce-Jones, Henry (November 15, 2019). "Kelsey Lu enlists Lafawndah, Omar S and Skrillex for Blood Transfusion remix EP". Fact. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  9. ^ "Blood by Kelsey Lu". Apple Music. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  10. ^ "Church by Kelsey Lu". Apple Music. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  11. ^ "Blood Transfusion - EP by Kelsey Lu". Apple Music. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  12. ^ "Shades of Blue - Single by Kelsey Lu". Apple Music. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  13. ^ "Due West - Single by Kelsey Lu". Apple Music. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  14. ^ "Due West (Skrillex Remix) - Single by Kelsey Lu". Apple Music. Retrieved April 2, 2020.

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