From Greek Orthodox churches, gospel choirs & forests, through London’s intoxicating LGBTQ+ club culture to a home in higher consciousness, KYRI bares all at the piano.
“What do you see when you look at me? Burning my pages of divinity?” KYRI asks, on bold new single Sanctuary, which is set to be released on 11 October. Self-acceptance & exploration are common themes throughout his music, which teams confessional stories of hardship & darkness with an eternal search for peace & light.
Despite a somewhat tumultuous childhood, KYRI’s unique voice rises hopeful as the centrepiece, soaring above atmospheric soundscapes, ethereal harmonies & organic piano. A perfect world to explore themes of rebirth, nature, spirituality and the deepest corners of our humanity.
Having bared witness to physical & psychological abuse, music has always been an escape for KYRI.
A classically trained singer, pianist and member of a local gospel choir, KYRI was immersed in music culture from a very young age. He went on to be a student of acclaimed jazz pianist Sam Crowe (Rosie Lowe, Jordan Rakei), so CLASH Magazine’s kind words come as no surprise: ‘Everything KYRI places his name against feels impeccably well crafted… a songwriter who is astute, fastidious & a real perfectionist’.
As a queer youth in denial, practising Christianity amongst a traditional Greek Orthodox family in the West Midlands, KYRI’s teenage years were complex. After Inwardly battling with his sexuality, ethnicity and faith, KYRI left home for London to rediscover himself, eventually finding a new spirituality in self-love & higher consciousness. Through his music, KYRI aims to share his philosophy that only through complete, honest vulnerability, can we find strength, intimacy & meaningful connection with others.
KYRI recorded his latest offerings at London’s legendary British Grove Studios with producers, Martin Hollis (Adele, Tom Walker, Wiley) and Gabriel Gifford (Harvey Causon, Maya Law). His debut single received praise from tastemakers EARMILK, Hype Machine, BBC Introducing & Foundation FM. He was also one of the first to receive Help Musicians UK’s ‘Do It Differently’ Award, empowering Independent Artists to forge their own path in the Music Industry.
Speaking of ‘Sanctuary’, KYRI explains,
“‘Sanctuary’ is a sort of love letter to Mother Nature. It describes the darker side of our modern city living and it’s possible effects on our minds – anxiety & depression, as well as its effects on the earth – pollution, climate change and extinction. It’s a longing to return to what once was, to purity, the connectedness of all living things, to peace.”