A powerful lyricist, gifted guitarist, and accomplished producer
A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with a love for originality, Kovey Coles creates lush guitar-driven alternative soul. In the vein of other left-of-center creatives like Childish Gambino, Toro Y Moi, Frank Ocean, and BROCKHAMPTON, his brooding singing and conscious raps are inspired by wide reaching influences from jazz and electronic to funk and neo-soul.
Recently Kovey has been gaining attention both online and through live performance, going viral several times on Tiktok and Instagram and collaborating with major music brands such as Fender, Yamaha, and Apple. He performed at SXSW in 2022 and NextFest LA in 2023, and is becoming one of the most promising emerging musicians to watch.
Raised in rural Virginia on a diet of funk, rock, and neo-soul, Kovey has natural southern swagger in his music, which This Song is Sick has praised as a "jazzy and soulful sound." He began teaching himself guitar at age 14, eventually adding bass, drums, and piano to his repertoire (he still records these instruments himself on his productions). Kovey's unique sound is also the by-product of his unique experience; he attended Princeton University and traded his smalltown upbringing for major cities like New York, and LA, and international hubs like Tokyo and Beijing. Lyrically, his songs are substantive and poetic, blending influences from the spoken word, rap, and singer-songwriter traditions to lend an informed and earnest perspective.
Now residing in Los Angeles, Kovey continues charting his own path with his eclectic soundscapes. He To stay up to date, follow him on social media @koveycoles and add his music to your library on your streaming service.
Kovey is also one half of the electro-R&B duo "Browni."