Keshi (born Keshia Chanté Harris on June 16, 1988) is a Canadian R&B and pop singer-songwriter from Toronto, Ontario. She had her first stateside chart success with her debut single “Bad Boy” in 2006. Since then, she has gone on to release multiple singles as well as four albums. Her musical influences include Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Aaliyah.
In 2009, Keshi released her third album Keshi3 through Universal Music Canada. The album features the lead single “Don’t Wanna Go Home” which reached number 4 on the Canadian Hot 100 Chart and was certified gold by the CRIA for sales of over 40,000 copies. The album features production from Danja (Timbaland), Boi-1da and Jahlil Beats among others.
In 2011, Keshi released the single “Legalize It” which reached number 12 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. The song was also featured in an episode of the MTV drama series Skins Canada. In 2013, she released her fourth album Magnetic which spawned two singles: “Yesterday” and “Trouble Your Moneymakers” featuring Kardinal Offishall.
Keshi has collaborated with a variety of artists including Drake, Timbaland, Akon and Wale as well as appearing on television shows like The Voice Canada and BET’s 106 & Park. She has also been featured in magazines such as Complex and XXL.
Keshi currently lives in Toronto, Ontario with her family. She is involved in various charities and continues to write and record music. Her fifth studio album is expected later this year.
Overall, Keshi’s career has been an inspiring one, filled with chart-topping hits and collaborations with some of the biggest names in music. This Canadian singer-songwriter has become a successful R&B star despite the odds stacked against her growing up in a rough part of Toronto known as Jane & Finch. Keshi continues to pursue her musical dreams while also giving back to the community through charitable work. She is a true survivor and an inspirational role model for young women everywhere.