Written by: Shay Coulson | Photo(s) by: Matt Dippel
K.Flay to Co-Headline Tour After Losing Hearing
Multi-platinum two-time GRAMMY-Award nominated artist K.Flay is heading out on a massive US Spring/Summer co-headline tour with grandson, and will be stopping at The Complex on June 20th!
The string of live shows follow the recent release of her riveting new single “Raw Raw.” Not only is this the first song of 2023 for the LA-based singer, it is her first since confirming that she has gone completely deaf in her right ear. “Raw Raw” is accompanied by the official music video which offers a psychologically chilling visual that taps into the disorienting effects of her real-life physical disability. The single marks the first release of her forthcoming full-length studio album, set to release fall 2023.
“‘Raw Raw’ is the start of my next chapter. After losing half my hearing last fall, I was faced with a sudden and intense episode of fear and vulnerability. Like, could I even make music again? Once I got into my recovery and started writing and recording, I knew that I could. And what I wanted to create was music that felt properly rock but also properly future oriented. Uninhibited and different.
With ‘Raw Raw’ I wanted to capture what vulnerability really feels like. Outwardly it might seem tender, but on the inside it’s messy and bloody and somewhat terrifying. It’s a chainsaw buzzing at your throat.” – K.Flay
Fans welcomed the news of the upcoming live shows and tour, after they learned via Instagram fall of 2022 that K.Flay was losing her hearing in her right ear due to a rare condition called SSNHL (Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss) and Labyrinthitis. The sudden development prompted the cancellation of her fall 2022 tour plans, giving the singer time to handle the medical emergency and look towards the future. Always vocal about her personal struggles, K.Flay has shared her journey trying to restore her hearing and ultimately learning how to accept and live with her disability. Despite her sudden and unexpected hearing loss, her own mental health, her sobriety, her 2021 breakup with her partner, the death of her father at 14 and more, K.Flay’s output has always remained rooted in her undeniable lyrical skills, an element she attributes to her innate love of language and its infinite possibilities.
K.Flay last stopped in Utah March 5th of last year, and you can check out photos from her show here! With more than 1 billion streams and 100K+ tickets sold, K.Flay continues to forge her own path as a songwriter, producer and singer. You can stream “Raw Raw’ on all platforms here.
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