2KEE is a unique artist who creates in the soul and r&b genres. His latest album Motivation has garnered much attention from fans and critics alike, reaching tens of thousands of streams. He has also shared a new single “Secret Freak” in a stunning cinematic format. We are so excited to share our conversation with the talented artist with our readers!
Let’s talk Motivation! Your fans are so excited about its release and so are we. Tell us about the title and how you came up with it.
Thanks for having me. The title in itself is a powerful word. There were many times I wanted to or should have given up but my motivation is reaching my goals, being a way-maker for my family through what I do, wanting to be better than I was yesterday, all that mentality kept me going and that’s what inspired me to name this album “Motivation”. I believe everyone needs some source of motivation. It’s something that I myself use on a daily basis. We all have reason to get better at whatever it is we do. That’s the idea behind the album “Motivation”.
Name three singers/musicians that you really admire or who have influenced your style in some way.
Top 3 for me are Micheal Jackson, Beyonce, and Stevie Wonder.
What was the most challenging part in composing/producing the songs for Motivation? How were you able to overcome those challenges?
The most challenging part of the album was putting the whole thing together after the recording, mixing and mastering aspect. Like doing paperwork, handling credits, contracts and just things that make the project make sense all together. It took a team effort working with some of the best in the game. Having solid people to count on, taking advice and being really focused on the end product that my present or future fans will love.
You’ve mentioned before that you were born in Liberia and then moved to the US. Have you ever been back for a visit or are you planning to do so in the future?
Yes I have been back but, unfortunately, it was to pay my last respects to my father and lay him to rest after he passed away last year. It had been so long since I had been back, I felt like a child all over again. I was so moved that I started a music academy called the Anthony D. Sanvee Music Academy here in the United States and in Liberia in honor of my father.
Music will save the world. Yes or no?
Yes, music can change anything. It is matched with the very core of human existence today, our social and personal lives. I feel like if I use music the right way, I can change anything.
What’s your most memorable moment as a performing artist?
I’ve had so many memorable moments but one of my first and most memorable moments was meeting Stevie Wonder when I was younger and I was also a refugee in Ghana at the time. It was an amazing moment for me at that time because he was actually the first singer celebrity icon I ever met that I actually admire. It was really cool.