Kaya is back with an edgier alt-pop sound, which she expressed in her latest single ‘California’. Having been premiered by BlackBook, the track’s profile is now boosted with a new version featuring Childish Major, the rapper who released his debut album ‘Dirt Road Diamond’ last year and who has previously collaborated with J. Cole.
“I felt like California was going to be the answer to all my problems at that time in my life, it was going to be the move that changed everything for me. But the song turned into a metaphor for that moment in your life where you think, ‘If I could just fix this, I’d get my life in order.’ It’s about having to face what’s going on and being able to accept what your real problems are.”
Released alongside the official video, it shows Kaya performing the song in everyday locations in Los Angeles. It represents an extension of the song’s meaning. California is blessed by sun and glamour making it a magnetic appeal for people with big dreams. But for many, the reality it doesn’t necessarily change your circumstances.
Born in London but raised in Los Angeles, Kaya Stewart grew up surrounded by music. In her earlier years, her father former Eurythmics frontman and producer extraordinaire Dave Stewart, was a major influence.