"As a little girl, I remember sitting in front of the television screen, watching Whitney Houston's music video for the song, "I Want To Dance With Somebody". I was in total amazement, and as she sang, "...and as the night falls, my lonely heart calls", chills surged through my whole body, and at 3 years old I remember thinking to my self, "I wanna do THAT!!!", and I've been chasing that dream ever since. Whenever I found the opportunity to sing, to dance...to perform, I was there without hesitation. For me, every moment of radio play became an excuse for an impromptu, solo music video, which, of course, drive my mother insane. She would ask, "Kiki, who is this singing on the radio right now?" I'd reply, "Ummm...it's Michael Jackson", and she'd say, "Good, let's let HIM sing it then, shall we?" There was no denying I had caught the entertainment bug". ~Ketiana~
Born the daughter of two young parents, both performers in their own Reich (Her mother, a Creative Artist /Dancer; and her father, a Song Writer, Singer and Pop-lock Dancer), one might say entertainment ran in the blood. At age 3, her mother married her step-father (A U.S. Marine), which would be the premise for the following two decades raised in the Military Family lifestyle; moving every three years, but primarily residing in Southern California until the age of 10, when her step-father was relocated to the island of Oahu. Prior to moving to Hawaii, Ketiana had only experienced the basics of music theory, learning to play the flute in her elementary school band. When she moved to Hawaii, music seemed to be a big part of the culture, and they had classes and after-school activities available to take full advantage of. She began to learn piano, joined the school's choir, glee club and community theater. She also performed in many talent shows and showcases. Here is where she would hone her skills and expand her musical influences. She returned to the mainland at the age of 14 with a greater appreciation for music and the confidence to pursue her dreams wholeheartedly. However, at this point in life, turmoil made its appearance within her family and personal life. In the mist of the storm, she found comfort in writing her own songs.
"It was therapy for sure, but more than that, I remember when I first started writing. I wanted someone to hear or read my lyrics and think to themselves, "Yeah, I've been there". I wanted them to know someone's been where they are, got through it, and they are not alone. I try to write from that mentality 'to this very day." ~Ketiana~
At age 19, Ketiana went on her own and headed straight for the stars. She packed all her belongings and moved to Hollywood. Wasting no time, she began auditioning immediately, being featured on films, commercials and television shows like Date My Mom, Next, 12 Corazones, American Idol, X-Factor, Making the Band 3, The Bad Girls Club Reunion, TRL, Dreamgirls, Punkrose Shoes, and many more!
Recently, Ketiana picked up the guitar and is currently working on her debut album, "Dirty 30", to be released in May of 2015: A combination of Neo-Soul/R&B/Pop tracks written about the 30-year life-journey she took to becoming the talented woman she is today.
Ketiana Rhodes’s tracks