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Kah Ris is the epitome of the complete artist: a prolific songwriter, singer, dancer and music producer. Growing up in Jamaica, Kah Ris was inevitably exposed to rich artistic culture that did nothing less than fan the flames of a love that she already had burning for the arts. Now, Kah Ris seeks to use her passionate vocals, profound lyrics and powerful live presence to establish an imprint on the global music industry.
As a child, Kah Ris was simultaneously exposed to a variety of musical genres. Her mother introduced her to gospel albums very early and Kah Ris joined the church choir at age 6. Her father later introduced her to the likes of Michael Jackson, Sade, Toni Braxton and Lauryn Hill while her island home introduced her to the rich sounds of reggae and dancehall. After learning basic theory from her grandmother, Kah Ris taught herself the keyboard at age six and eventually wrote her first song at age ten. Being steeped in a blend of influences caused Kah Ris to develop a most unique, soulful fusion of R&B, Pop and Reggae. At the heart of her music is vulnerability, soulfulness and truth.
Kah Ris, throughout her time as an artist, has amassed several prestigious opportunities. This includes performing in the presence of former Prime Minister of Jamaica, The Right Honourable Portia Simpson - Miller and other dignitaries. Since her time in Canada, she has co-written and produced the music for the Youth Day Anthem which she performed in Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto, Canada on Youth Day in Summer 2014 alongside her younger sister, Kara, and Juno award-winner, Liberty Silver. In 2017, Kah Ris was chosen to perform at the Mod Club Theatre, Toronto, as a featured Honey Jam Canada artist. Kah Ris has performed at various other venues and events including Parliament Hill (Ottawa), Queen's Park (Toronto), the Canadian National Exhibition (Toronto) and Union Station (Toronto) as part of the TD Music Fridays series. Her original, “Small Talk” was a Top 100 CBC Searchlight 2018 entry out of over 2000 entries that year and her unreleased original “Unspoken Words” received recognition as a short list entry for the 2019 SOCAN Young Canadian Songwriters Award. Kah Ris has also worked alongside the National Campus Radio Association and the Jamaican - Canadian Association.