With a powerhouse voice, lyrical vulnerability, and wisdom beyond his years, 16-year-old KIAN (key-ahn) emerged as one of Australia’s hottest new acts in 2018 with millions of streams and radio airplay success.

Kian was first introduced to music at the age of two, when he hit the road with his dad, creating music in remote Indigenous communities throughout the continent. This bohemian lifestyle proved immensely inspiring as he grew up around creatives of all kinds immersed in art and music. In Beswick Community [NT], he met Baker Boy and developed a fast friendship and faster musical partnership. Their chemistry powered the anthem “Cloud 9” in May 2017. KIAN made his introduction as a solo artist on “Too Far Gone” with Vince the Kid in 2018 before taking over airwaves with “Waiting.”

“Waiting” is the best way to get to know this rapidly rising talent. Earlier this year, he won the “Unearthed High Competition” in Australia hosted by international tastemaker radio station triple j. In the aftermath of his big win, the station added the single into regular rotation and named it “Best New Music.” Within a few months, it racked up 12 million Spotify streams and counting, soared to #1 on the Spotify “Hot Hits Australia” Playlist, and vaulted to #3 on the national ARIA Singles Chart.