Khalid (full name: Khalid Donnel Robinson) is an American singer and songwriter who is signed to Right Hand Music Group and RCA Records. In July 2016, he released his debut single titled ‘Location’ which was quite a success on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 16. He also released a duet in 2018 with Norman, an American singer, and it reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.
The American Teen album singer was born on 11 February 1998 in Fort Stewart, Georgia, United States. He is 20 years old as of 2018.
Khalid Family | Mother
The songwriter is the son of Linda Wolfe (mother) and his father is unknown. His mother used to work as a supply technician and became a member of the Army Chorus. Her career in the military led to her moving around with her son to places like Fort Campbell in Kentucky, Fort Drum in Watertown, New York, and spent six years in Heidelberg, Germany.
Donnel Robinson has no siblings.Khalid’s Photo
Khalid Music Career
He began his career in the music industry while in high school by writing and creating music. His early works were posted on SoundCloud. Soon, he was at number 2 on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart in July 2016.
His single “Location” began charting, while he began appearing on many publications like Yahoo, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and Buzzfeed. With production from Syk Sense, Tunji Ige, and Smash David, “Location” finished the year 2016 at No. 20 on the Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart on January 21, 2017.
After premiering on The Fader, the video netted over six million views in its first four months on YouTube, while the song was streamed 35 million times on Spotify. “Location” has since received over 17 million plays on Soundcloud since it’s the initial release.
In January 2017, Alina Baraz’s single “Electric” featuring the “Location” was released. His collaboration with Brasstracks, “Whirlwind,” was part of the Yours Truly & Adidas Originals Songs from Scratch series, and received over 700,000 Soundcloud plays. In the first week of February 2017, Apple Music named Khalid it’s New Artist of the Week.
He sold out every venue on his 21-city January–February 2017 US “Location Tour”, including the 1,500-capacity Tricky Falls in El Paso, and the tour continued in Europe. His debut studio album American Teen was released on March 3, 2017.
He has said his mother is his biggest musical inspiration and has also cited Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Father John Misty, Frank Ocean, Grizzly Bear, Chance the Rapper, Lorde, India.Arie, and James Blake as his influences. He contributed un-credited vocals to Kendrick Lamar’s song, The Heart Part 4, which was released on March 24, 2017.
He made his television debut performing “Location” on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on March 15, 2017, backed by The Roots. He performed at the annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia on June 3, 2017.
His song, “Angels” was featured on the ABC drama series Grey’s Anatomy in the episode entitled “Don’t Stop Me Now”, which aired April 27, 2017. Khalid won a VMA for Best New Artist at the 2017 show.
Khalid 2019 Tour
- Friday 12 April 2019 – Sunday 14 April 2019
at Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA, US
- Friday 19 April 2019 – Sunday 21 April 2019
at Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA, US
- Friday 17 May 2019 – Sunday 19 May 2019
Hangout Fest 2019
at Gulf Shores Beach, Gulf Shores, AL, US
He has one studio album that was released by Right Hand, RCA, Columbia label on March 3, 2017, and an EP that was released on 19 October 2018 by RCA Records and it peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200.
- American Teen
- 2016 – Location
- 2017 – Young Dumb & Broke
- 2018 – Love Lies (with Norman)
– Lovely (with Billie Eilish)
– OTW (with Ty Dolla Sign and6lack)
– This Way (with H.E.R.)
– Eastside (with Benny Blanco and Halsey)
- 2017 – Electric
– Why Don’t You Come On
– Homemade Dynamite (Remix)
- 2018 – Don’t Let Me Down
Khalid Net Worth
The Location songwriter has a net worth of $6 million.