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Congratulations to Khalid who is one of the most influential people of 2019 according to Time magazine!  Alicia Keys had amazing things to say about him in the “Time 100” issue.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 01: Khalid attends the “Free Spirit” VIP premiere at Pacific Theaters at the Grove on April 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for MAC Presents)

Alicia Keys was asked to write about Khalid for the Time 100 issue and had this to say:

“I was first introduced to Khalid through his 2016 debut single, ‘Location.’ It kept showing up in my life, and I thought, ‘This song is so good—so understandable, emotional and soulful. Who is this?’

Khalid is totally unique. He’s a beautiful writer with the ability to take human concepts and make you understand and feel them. He has a full, powerful voice that is somehow unassuming and smooth at the same time. He’s accessible—almost like you’ve met somebody like him before, although there’s nobody else like him. He has his own style, and I think we’re all hungry for individuality right now.

I love that his first album didn’t have any features. It’s a beautiful, powerful statement: ‘Here I am. This is me.’ I’m excited that he is so clear about who he is right now, and I hope he continues to trust that instinct. He has a beautiful journey ahead of him, and I hope he accomplishes things he can’t even imagine yet.”

Check out the complete Time 100 list here.

Khalid’s Free Spirit World Tour is making a stop at the TD Garden on August 10th.  Click to here enter to win free tickets to be there from Hot 96.9!