Kehlani Ashley Parrish, famed by her stage name Kehlani is an established singer, songwriter, and dancer from America who debuted in the music industry with the teen group Poplyfe in 2011.

Kehlani rose to fame due to her band PopLyfe, became a finalist in the TV show America's Got Talent, and released their first commercial mixtape, Cloud 19. Her debut album, Cloud 19, is listed as one of Complex's "50 Best Albums, and her second commercial mixtape, You Should Be Here, debuted at number 5 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. 

In 2016, her band, Poplyfe, released their debut studio album, SweetSexySavage, which was nominated for You Should Be Here in the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

Her recently released song, Blue Road Water, is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Kehlani, released through Atlantic Records and TSNMI on April 29, 2022. Her album features Blxst, Jessie Reyez, Justin Bieber, Syd, Ambré, and Thundercat guest appearances. 

Quick Facts

   Full name Kehlani Ashley Parrish  
  Nickname Kehlani  
  Date of birth  April 24, 1995  
  Birthplace  Oakland, California  
  Instagram @kehlani  
  Ethnicity  Mixed  
  Nationality America  
  Zodiac sign  Taurus  
  Age 27 years  

What Is Kehlani's Ethnicity: Is She Filipino?

The Cloud 9 singer belongs to mixed ethnicity. Kelhani's mother is Cherokee, Filipino, Spanish and Mexican, and his father is African-American. 

The AGT famed star is often confused with a Spanish ethnicity because of her nature and Spanish accent.

In an interview with Hot 97, Kehlani identified herself as "Black, White, Native American, and Spanish," adding that her Native American tribe is the "Blackfoot Cherokee."


As per, Kehlani's parent's grandfather was American- African, but her parental grandmother is Scottish, English, German, Scot Irish/Northern Irish, and Native American.

Kehlani was born to her parents on April 24, 1995, in Oakland, California.

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Who Are Kehlani's Parents?

Kehlani and her guitarist Javaughn Young-White have a daughter. Jaboukie Young-White, a comedian, is Javaughn's brother.

The Grammy award nominee was adopted and raised by their aunt when their mother, who had a drug addiction, served time in jail.

Guy Corwin Parrish is the paternal grandfather of Kehlani (the son of Robert Lawrence Parrish and Jean Andra Thompson). Her grandfather is African-American and was born in Los Angeles, California. The parents of Robert were J. A. Parrish and Belle Way. The offspring of Jesse Thompson and Kathryn Morris was Jean.

When their drug-addicted mother served jail time, they were adopted and reared by their aunt. When Kehlani was a little child, her drug-addicted father passed away.

Kehlani's Siblings

The Grammy nominee singer was a single child to her parents and raised by her aunt. Despite longing for his real siblings, she has two cousins from her aunt, considered her siblings. During her childhood, Kehlani usually helps her aunt to babysit them.

They initially trained in dance at the Oakland School for the Arts while they were teenagers, specializing in ballet and modern dance.

Kehlani was raised by their aunt and exposed to R&B and neo-soul musicians like Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott, who they now list as among their earliest musical influences. When she was 14, Kehlani was invited to join Poplyfe, a local pop cover band.

Kehlani had dreams of studying dance at the Juilliard School early in childhood, but a knee injury in junior high caused them to focus on singing instead.

Inside Tragic Childhood Of The singer, Kehlani's 

As per reports, Kehlani's parents were drug addicts abandoned by her and thus, reared by her aunt.


When she was 14, the Cloud 9 singer enrolled in a local gang that acted as a cover and went by POPlyfe.

The pop band participated in 2011, and the band participated in the 6th season of America's Got Talent.

Some FAQs

1. Is Kehlani Spanish?

Yes, she is part Spanish as she confessed in an interview.

2. Was Kehlani the Winner of AGT?

-Kehlani, the Winner of AGT, the band participated in the 6th season of America's Got Talent.

3. Where was Kehlani born?

-Later to her parents on April 24, 1995, in Oakland, California.