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Kiyoshi Shelton

A world premier visionary Hip-Hop vocalist and songwriter, Kiyoshi, has a deep passion for inspiring and empowering humanity. His mission is to actualize social change through the collective power of music, dance and community while restoring balance, inspiration and respect to the Hip-Hop and global arenas. Kiyoshi engages audiences worldwide with a highly interactive, exhilarating and authentic stage performance, while conveying a clear message of positivity, health, sustainability, social justice, and Love.

Born in Saginaw Michigan, Kiyoshi received his first introduction to music from his father. He built his reputation as one of Metro Detroit's most creative and talented artists when he relocated to Ann Arbor. Today, with over 15 years of creating rhythms and rhymes, Kiyoshi has toured internationally to perform at socially conscious events, festivals, and venues.

These events include, but are not limited to; Envision Festival (Uvita, Costa Rica), Lightning in a Bottle (Bradley, CA), NXNE Festival (Toronto, Canada), Midpoint Music Festival (Cincinnati, OH), A3C Festival (Atlanta, GA), Ann Arbor Summer Festival (Ann Arbor, MI), Bhakti & Shakti Fest (Joshua Tree, CA), Lucidity Festival (Santa Ynez, CA), Indie Fest (San Diego, CA), and LoveStockFest (Hollywood, CA).

Kiyoshi has been featured on MTV, VH1, OkayPlayer, URB and FUSE TV. He was blessed to share the stage with B.O.B., Big Sean, Aloe Blacc, Matisyahu, Trevor Hall, Slum Village, Mayer Hawthorne, Black Milk, MC Yogi, Desert Dwellers, Luminaries and many more.

Currently, Kiyoshi is working with talented producers such as The Polish Ambassador, Duke Mushroom (produced for Janet Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Static Revenger, etc), and others on his upcoming EP. He resides in Southern California and is quickly building his brand and influence worldwide. Kiyoshi and his crew have toured together bringing their unique synergy to audiences in a way that has never been seen before and will not be soon forgotten.