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K.Flay grew up as Kristine Flaherty in Chicago, but it wasn’t until she moved to California to attend Stanford University that the on-the-rise singer/rapper began dabbling in music. After self-releasing several mixtapes and a couple of EPs, K.Flay’s blend of Electronic Pop and Hip Hop started drawing the attention of music fans online and, eventually, the suits at RCA Records. But the relationship with the label soured, and she chose to go back on her own, finally putting together a full-length album, the wildly endearing Life as a Dog, in 2014, thanks to a quickly funded crowdsourcing campaign. K.Flay’s patience and dedication to remaining true to herself paid off; Dog came in at No. 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and No. 14 on the Rap album chart. K.Flay’s multi-faceted sound has enabled her to tour with an impressive range of artists, including AWOLNATION and Third Eye Blind, and she even notched a slot on the Warped Tour in 2014.

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