Keyz Vango was an Alabama born artist who was raised under the holy background of a gospel music background. He attended college for some time but eventually dropped out to pursue his musical ambitions. Beginning as a versatile producer and ghostwriter across various different genres, Keyz Vango transitioned into the multi-faceted artist he is today. Over time, he’s developed a unique creative voice that delivers his authentic truth. He has a special way to breakthrough an audience and crowd of people with a bonafide persona you can’t help but love!
Keyz Vango geared up to release his latest hit single titled “Hol It” and we’re positive he’s going to cause waves with this one! The track was written, produced and engineered by Vango himself and is an emotive slow jam dealing with ideas of love and loyalty. Anticipating the inevitable distance that will come with his success, Vango asking the woman he loves “Can you hold it down?” in this affectionately catchy hook. One thing we absolutely loved about this record was the opening lyric to the song. “Say my name Say my name”, with the opening melody playing homage to the popular classic by Destiny Child! This record showed a massive element of timeless. It’s one of those songs where you can listen to years from now, and still, manage to find the same sensations you’ve felt when you first heard the record. Vango had this smooth suave appeal to his vocal tone, perfect for serenading the ladies and creating a more attractive image to his artistry! Keyz wants to know “Can you stand the sunshine, even if it comes with rain?” The song is brilliantly chilled, built around a smooth guitar hook textured with vocal improvisations, and lets Vango’s lyrics come to the forefront. Vango has the riveting vocal quality alongside an emotionally-rich delivery to breathe life into his romantically driven lyrics! “Hol It” was a nice vibe from a killer artist who has a lot to look forward to in his career!
Listen to "Hol It" here and get to know more about Keyz Vango below!
Introducing the one and only Keyz Vango! Knowing you grew up around a gospel-inclined environment, in what ways has this specific musicality benefitted your vocal style today?
I wouldn’t say growing up in a gospel-inclined environment had any effect on my vocal style specifically. If anything, it was the influence of constantly being surrounded by so many great church musicians and having such a large variety of instruments at my fingertips. Some of my earliest memories of playing music were sitting on the front row (mostly as a form of punishment) playing tambourine next to the church secretary. She was old, strict and packed a vicious arm pinch but she could play the sh*t out of a tambourine. Outside of that I would constantly sit near my pops (the pastors son) and watch him play guitar and eventually further down the years I would be allowed to play the drums at the end of weeknight bible study service while my pops closed down the church. Playing instruments have always been a part of my life and continues to be the focus point of my live “in studio” vibes for my shows.
You have such a classic and timeless appeal to your music! Who are some of your musical influences and in what ways have they essentially inspired you?
Despite the recent controversies involving Michael Jackson, I gotta say Michael was a MAJOR influence in how I perceived a timeless artist should be. He was a hero to me, everybody loved Michael. The way he constantly evolved in music, since he was like 5 years old made me believe I could do the same if I worked really hard like he did. So as a child & getting to witness Michael Jackson at the peak of his fame in the 90s, it really inspired me to want to be one of the greatest one day. Other HUGE influences would include legendary producers/artist double threats like Pharrell, Kanye & Ryan Leslie. Those guys have done it all and someday I will too.
Tell us about your record “Hol It”, what was the vision you were aiming to achieve with this song?
Put simply, “Hol’ It” is a record about, well, holding it down. Being able to weather the storm even when there is no rain. Being able to love and make sacrifices for someone during the good times, even if those good times don’t necessarily fall in your favor specifically. Can you stand the sunshine even if it comes with rain? It’s a selfish thing to ask, but sometimes the hardest part of a relationship is finding ways to compromise & sacrifice for one another.
What emotion did you channel in while writing this single? Do you think it conveyed with the music and translated well?
Like all of my songs, I try to channel a combination of things going on in my personal life as well as situations that are happening to those nearest, next to, and around me. These past 4 years I’ve dealt with a lot of personal family issues involving divorce as well as some personal relationship challenges all revolving around the themes of “push & pull”. I feel like a lot of times we get caught up in reacting & trying to 1-up one another instead of trying to find the middle ground and utilizing patience with one another. Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all. Just hold it down for a while and allow time to heal wounds and work it out. Based on the reactions I’ve gotten so far, I think it’s the right song for a lot of couples out there going through it, hopefully this song brings them closer in their times of growing distance.
What’s next for you Keyz Vango?
I have visual I’m working on for “Hol’ It”. I’m teaming up with my homie Tommy Rebel again, he shot my video for “Night” off my LATE, Vol. 1 EP. Go check that out if you haven’t already, Tommy is a beast! Also working on TONS of new music, collabing with some really dope local musicians and producers to help further mold my sound into something unique & innovative to keep you all on your toes.
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