Kais Khoury, known professionally as KAIS, is a Canadian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music producer currently based on the island of Cyprus, where he runs his personal and commercial recording studio: Hot Soap Studios.

Blending a fresh fusion of Indie, Alternative, Psychedelic Soul-infused Blues & Folk Rock, he has creatively addressed a wide array of topics. Recognizing music as a tool that could move and influence people, he first wrote about world issues like war and global warming. Today, his meta poetry has grown to express the plain difficulties and profound beauty of being human. Always a lover of the metaphysical, he's woven a fine balance between natural inclinations and the demands of the social world. For the most part, he certainly is no stranger to wanderlust, and has expanded his spiritual growth with an affinity for traveling and outdoor sports like kitesurfing and skydiving. 

 

Gradually having made ripples in the music industry as an independent and self-funded artist, he has performed quite a number of gigs since the early 2000s. In 2014, he took part in the Mayor of London Big Busk. That year, he put a stamp on his music career after graduating with a diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering out of Point Blank Music College. It's safe to say that he's dabbled with electronic sound design and other far-reaching aspects of the music industry, and has prolonged the rewards of that entrepreneurial musicianship with a broader vocabulary and a hands-on approach. In alliance with a full band, he continued to perform throughout Vancouver, BC, Toronto, ON and Seattle, WA in 2016 and 2017, and was set to perform at SXSW in Austin, TX in 2018 had it not been for performer visa obstacles imposed by President Donald Trump that prevented his band from traveling to the US. Recent achievements include an 'Honorary Mention' in the 2016 International Songwriting Competition, a Canadian 'Best Out of Province' nomination at the 13th Annual Toronto Independent Music Awards and a 'Lyrics Finalist' in the 2017 USA Songwriting Competition. In 2020, KAIS joined the boutique London-based Indie sync licensing roster - North Note , and in 2021, after uploading a few of his past song releases to the BBC, he was cordially invited for an interview with celebrateBBC Radio London host Robert Elms for his 2018 song release 'Take Me Home'.

 

Although he has taken a hiatus from live performing in the last couple of years owing to the well known financial difficulties musicians face within the industry itself, he gradually continues to write and record music now with greater maturity and a stronger approach, all to be released in due time. One thing seems certain for this artist... His intense passion and insatiable thirst for self-betterment are taking things up a notch for him and the steadfast comrades by his side. 

"Judging by his music, work ethics and quality of content, there’s no doubt that KAIS is a force to be reckoned… it’s surprising how he hasn’t been signed yet by any of the majors!"

-  Audiosteez, Keeping up with the latest sounds

 
 

SHOWS

UPCOMING
PAST
Mar 5th, 2018
Feb 7th, 2018
Nov 10th, 2017
Nov 9th, 2017
Nov 8th, 2017
Oct 6th, 2017
Sep 29th, 2017
Aug 28th, 2017
Jul 23rd, 2017
Jul 14th, 2017
Jun 4th, 2017
May 26th, 2017
Apr 27th, 2017
Mar 15th, 2017
Jan 21st, 2017
Sept 8th, 2016
Sept 1st, 2016
Aug 14th, 2016
Aug 6th, 2016
Jul 3rd, 2016
Jun 2nd, 2016
Apr 26th, 2016
Apr 7th, 2016
Mar 18th, 2016
Mar 17th, 2016
Mar 5th, 2016
Feb 27th, 2016
Feb 24th, 2016
Feb 8th, 2016
Jan 26th, 2016
Jan 13th, 2016
Jan 12th, 2016
Jan 6th, 2016
Jan 5th, 2016
Dec 28th, 2015
Dec 23rd, 2015
Dec 21st, 2015
Aug 7th, 2015
Aug 23rd, 2014
Aug 9th, 2014
Aug 9th, 2014
Aug 9th, 2014
Aug 5th, 2014
Aug 5th, 2014
Jul 29th, 2014
Jul 26th, 2014
Jul 22nd, 2014
Jul 20th, 2014
Jul 20th, 2014
Jul 2nd, 2014
May 7th, 2014
Apr 8th, 2014
Mar 19th, 2014
Mar 18th, 2014
Feb 9th, 2014
Jan 27th, 2014
Jan 25th, 2014
Jan 18th, 2014
Jan 27th, 2013
Oct 5th, 2012
Sept 28th, 2012
Sept 10th, 2010
Jun 11th, 2009
Mar 15th, 2008
Jan 25th, 2008
Nov 11th, 2007
Sunny FM's Pepsi show - Canvas
Amman, JO
Amman, JO
Toronto, ON
Toronto, ON
Toronto, ON
Vancouver, BC
North Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Richmond, BC
Tacoma, WA
Vancouver, BC
Seattle, WA
New Westminster, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Amman, JO
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC
Amman, JO
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
London, UK
Amman, JO
Amman, JO
Amman, JO
Amman, JO
Amman, JO
Vancouver, BC
Langley, BC
Vancouver, BC
“Masterful, mesmerizing and evocatively raw in equal measure. With the reverb swathed instrumentals propping up the vocals which tear through you with their candidly raw longing, it's a bruising ode to lost love. Any Alt-Rock playlist would be richer for the addition of Dark Side of the Light.” 

- EIN Presswire

“Take Me Home - A provocatively tender Indie Rock ballad for the homesick. Indie artist KAIS has moved from strength to strength throughout their accoladed career, after quite literally putting their birthplace of Jordan on the map, they've started to garner plenty of International hype for their provocatively intuitive approach to production.” 

- A&R Factory

“Overall, a very impressive release from KAIS but what’s even more impressive about Seven Shades of She”, is the fact that it is boundless in every sense as the artist pretty much morphs into a combination of Montell Jordan, Adam Levine and Elton John to produce an exquisite and progressive indie/soul album which for all the good reasons, stays in your head all day!” 

- The Dope Approach

"The production is very neat and the overall sound is refined and melodic, while KAIS' vocals and delivery are every bit as good as the artists he aspires to be. Quite reminiscent of contemporary indie rock pioneers Oasis, Goo Goo Dolls, Foo Fighters, Rob Thomas and The Verve – Kais could give all of these a run for their money when it comes to creativity and originality."

-  Blatant Misrep

"Flows superbly from one song to another, highlighting KAIS' understanding of music aesthetics as he delivers hit after hit after hit, showcasing exactly why he's not just "another" random act."

-  Oddfuse

“With a grungy Coffee-and-TV-Esque production containing swaggering, longing, intimate indie-rock vocals against synths and rich accordant guitar chords, Spirit City Kiss opens up as a psychedelically-tinged rabbit hole. Enter, and you will share the same nostalgia for the city that allows you to feel at home.” 

- Pressparty

 Directed by Richard Paris Wilson

Produced by Jeremy Burgess

 

✭ 19th Indie Memphis Film Festival ✭    Official Selection

✭ Montgomery Film Festival    Official Selection

✭ Montgomery Film Festival ✭     Audience Award for Best Music Video 

✭ VOTD's Video of the Day ✭     Winner - March 28th

✭ Azalea Film Festival ✭     Official Selection  

✭ London Independent Film Festival ✭     Official Selection & Winner for Best Music Video

✭ Tupelo Film Festival ✭     Official Selection

✭ Sidewalk Film Festival ✭     Official Selection

✭ Austin Music Video Festival ✭     Official Selection

 

✭ International Songwriting Competition      Winner - Honorary Mention 2016

 

 
 
 

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