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kei’s bio

kei slaughter [pronouns they/them/theirs] is a Soul-Folk Sonic Storyteller conjuring bokou magik from deep New Orleans roots. A Queer Black Non-Binary Vocalist, Flutist, Songwriter, Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Sound Healer, and Music Therapist, kei believes in the power of music to promote radical healing, connection, freedom, and sustainable joy. Their early musical influences can be traced back to the gospel-shout feels of the Black Church and beyond. Seamlessly weaving (Neo)Soul, Folk, Roots-Rhythms into one highly inventive musical landscape, kei crafts pieces and performances marked by rich lyricism, dynamic musicianship, captivating vocals, vulnerability, and presence. kei performs in solo, duo, and full band configurations and currently works on a range of cross-disciplinary projects. To date, kei has played stages, festivals, colleges/universities, and venues across the country including OuTBeat Jazz Festival in Philly, SisterSpace, House of Blues New Orleans, among others. kei is also the Founder of S O U L F O L K Sounds, a community music production and sound healing practice centering QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color), and Whimsy Creator of The Pencil Fairy. Discography: Dark Fire (2017).