They say that stars are born and then discovered...that is the case here.
Standing 5'8", this songstress is a multi-talented force to be reckoned with. Stylish, funky, soulful, and energetic are just a few words to describe Keisia "Kiko" Douglas’s persona on and off the stage.
Born and raised in Detroit, Kiko has been singing since the age of 5, and has been a fixture on the local music scene for 20 plus years.
Growing up in a musical household with a mother who sang in the local Live Band circuit, Kiko had a natural love for all areas of performing arts.
Dance, modeling, playing the flute, and participating in local talent shows were among the things that kept Kiko busy growing up, then later joining her High School choir.
It was not until 1995 when Kiko was asked to perform at a supper club, that she decided to become a professional singer.
Working the casino circuit performing Top 40 hits and R&B, and covering Jazz standards in
local piano bar became a full time gig.
Kiko is most known as the lead singer for famed Funk Band, "Larry Lee and Back In The Day", and recently “Marcus Douglas Band Back 2 da Future”, but has also performed as a background vocalist for a wide range of artists, with the likes of Najee', Phil Perry, Me'Lisa Morgan, Howard Hewitt, Adina Howard and Detroit's own R&B artist, K'Jon.
In 2012, Kiko was introduced to theatre and toured with the hit stage play "My Brother Marvin" as a member of the female ensemble, under the direction of famed actor Clifton Powell, sharing the stage with Award winning actress, Lynn Whitfield and R&B singer Keith Washington. With a newfound love for theater, Kiko landed roles in various productions, including T.J. Hemphill's "Perilous Times, and Kelly Nieto's "The Cross and the Light". From stage to the big screen, Kiko made her film debut as an extra in the remake of the movie, "Sparkle", Starring the late Whitney Houston, and was featured in Comedian, Sinbad's, “Make Me Wanna Holla”.
Kiko's ability to be versatile is what sets her apart from other artists. She has set the stage as an opener for concerts, corporate events, and forums, including, Comedian, Mike Epps, Civil Rights Activist, Dick Gregory, Morris Day and The Time, The Whispers, Ashanti, Charlie Wilson, and Fantasia. Utilizing her talents on all platforms, she serves as a member of the Kingdom Covenant Church Praise Team, and prides herself on bringing souls to Christ through her gift of song.
With many opportunities awarded to her, Kiko was also the creator and host of "Next In Line", an online radio show that showcased unsigned/independent talent, and was also nominated for several awards for Best/Favorite local female vocalist.
“Some of the most memorable moments of my career include my performance at the Fox Theater in my hometown on New Year's Eve 2013, performing as a vocalist for the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin tribute concert before and after her passing, and performing for the Jacksons Tribute concert.” -Kiko
Her musical influences include Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Lalah Hathaway, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Tasha Cobbs, Celine Dion, and India Arie, just to name a few.
Currently recording and working on her first project, Kiko is preparing to share her gift with the world!!