Chicago native KI (Kiara Lanier) is a vocal performance artist, songwriter and actress. Kiara Lanier’s music is a sensual yet ethereal blend of R&B, Future Soul, and World music. She is equally derived of the lush acoustic soul of the 70s and electric hues of contemporary music using 808s, synths and field sampling. She has been compared as the cosmic essences of a modern Chaka Kahn, Sade, and Lauryn Hill.
In 2016, Kiara founded The QiQi, a site immersive concert encouraging healthy lifestyles through contemporary performances and holistic health education. This series installation traveled to Soho Houses, Museums, and many other non traditional spaces like laundromats. Kiara studied performance art in The Meredith Monk Method in New York CIty.
Kiara’s voice has been featured on television shows to include American Idol, David Bowie’s Station to Station Film, The Tonight Show, Empire and The Chi. She also sync licenses her music on numerous networks including Showtime.
Kiara is no stranger to large stages; having performance credits to include Presidential parties, Lollapallooza, and various festivals across the US and Europe. Her breakout EP Tongues and Teaspoons debut with a premier of her beloved single Friendzone on Okay Player. Kiara is currently based in Los Angeles, CA.
Watch Kiara's Performance Reel
Television and Film
The Tonight Show w/ Jimmy Fallon (Wild Belle)
Station to Station Film (David Bowie)
The Tyra Show
Good Day Chicago-Fox News
What's Good- Series Voice Over
.Paak House Festival (Anderson.Paak)
Art Basel Switzerland
The Chicago Theatre
President Obama Campaign
House of Blues-Chicago
Lollapalooza (Wild Belle)
Kunst Museum- Art Basel
Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago
The Taste of Chicago
Wild Belle U.S. Tour
Chance The Rapper- Acid Rap
Tony Allen w/ Chicago Afrobeat Project
NoName-Mama Hold Me Up
The Black Monks of Mississippi
Brandon Markell Holmes
Marie Claire Magazine