We have all heard of the term “triple threat” before, which is already impressive. However, the multitalented artist Kiesza should have her own definition of the work she has done, with her various skills and accomplishments.
Born Kiesa Rae Ellestad, the singer-songwriter, dancer, and multi-instrumentalist is better known as Kiesza (pronounced Kye-za), her stage name. Outside of her love for music, other occupations of the 25 year old artist include acting, modeling, fashion designing, athletics, and video directing her own music videos. Kiesza was born and raised in Calgary, Canada, and later obtained a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. After her time at school, she traveled to New York City in hopes of developing her career in music. Four years later and Kiesza has become a chart topping success with her hit single “Hideaway.” Self-describing her music as 'SteamPop,' “Hideaway” has not only become the song of the summer, but it has begun to take over radio airwaves across the globe.
Music is not something that Kiesza just fell into. In fact, she worked extremely hard to get to where she is in her career today. Kiesza has had an incredible journey, and her many accomplishments all started when she was young. At 16 years old, she joined the Sail and Life Training Society (SALTS) program and at 17 she decided to join the Royal Canadian Navy with her brother. In a 2010 interview with the Calgary Herald Kiesza explained, “I'm very adventurous and I was that kid who just wanted to try everything. One day, my brother, who didn't know what he wanted to do, signed up for the navy. My mom encouraged him and I was just like, 'I want to sign up for the navy, too!'” While Kiesza was in the Navy she began promoting herself and gave away over 4,000 copies of her music to the Canadian troops who were serving in Afghanistan.