By Nigeria Anderson
Create an Experience
Keoni Coleman is a self-taught singer and musician. He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration and Character Design. During his time at university, his work was exhibited at the SCAD University Showcase, as well as at Plant Zero Gallery in Richmond,Virginia. Keoni Coleman has performed at various entertainment venues and open mics throughout the DMV area, including: The Civil, Tuesday Verses Live, and the Diamond RVA. His performances are receiving rave reviews for his versatility and sound. Keoni’s illustrated music covers include recording artists such as: Maya Eliza, Kenaije, and Lavva. Keoni is quickly becoming a sought after illustrator. He has his eyes set on the gaming industry, hoping to land a character or two. In the process of his illustration work, Keoni realized that music was around him and in everything he was doing. He realized he had to pursue this love. He decided to fully pursue his music career in 2022. So Keoni began working at developing his craft. Since then, he has had the opportunity to work with International Recording Artist Freedom Imani, whose work includes BET’s American Soul, Google Duo Commercial and Patti LaBelle. Currently, Keoni Coleman can be found around the DMV performing his new single What We Be.
Keoni Coleman has now begun working on his own solo album entitled Unknown, set for release later this year in 2023. Keoni believes that his music is a way to allow his worlds within to fully build. His music is a transfer of color from his illustration and poetry into his signature medium of art and music. His new project Unknown, tells a legendary story of a human coming to understand his knowns and unknowns in life. Keoni is always wondering what makes humans tick spiritually and naturally, through God’s guidance. I mean his name is Keoni, which means God is gracious. Keoni is a true example of that. The Lord did not limit Keoni’s gifts, talents and abilities. In short, Keoni is a colorful story teller. A walking kaleidoscope. Keoni Coleman, the artist of ambiguity, contradiction and expression. Let’s follow Keoni on his musical journey. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. It’s all about his sound and his journey. He’s an artist, not afraid to share his experiences of life through his art. Listen to our conversation. We speak about the lack of black male illustrators in the industry and find out what song I auditioned to try to be a background singer for Keoni. Do you think he should hire me? Please welcome our new KeyPlayer Keoni Coleman. Looking forward to his project release Unknown later this year. You can follow Keoni through social media on his Instagram: @keon.icole. PUSH PLAY