Raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina, MK xyz (she/they), who is of African American and Filipino heritage, was encouraged to explore two things she loved–singing and dancing–by her parents who were both dancers. When she was 14 years old, she came out and refused to reject who she was. At 15, she released her first EP independently.
Now signed to RZ3 Recordings/Epic Records, MK is preparing to follow up the success of her first single “Pass It” ft. G-Eazy. She released her latest EP titled “Sweet Spot” via Epic Records this past spring and has just been casted on Netflix’s upcoming drama vampire series “First Kill.”
On October 1, the singer, songwriter, and actress will be taking the stage at The Dinah‘s Black and White Ball. When asked how she feel’s about performing at this year’s 30th Anniversary event, she says, “I feel so honored. So many amazingly talented women have graced Dinah, and with everything that has happened, I’m thankful to be included in this historic year.”
How long have you been creating your art?
I’ve been singing, songwriting, and performing since I was 3-4 years old.
Where are you from? How does that influence your art?
I’m originally from Jacksonville, Florida and Charlotte, NC. The energy and light of both these southern cities helped me develop an unapologetic essence in my music. I decided to be who I want to be, while still letting the soul of the south permeate.
What are you currently working on or recently finished?
I’m currently working on new music. I just wrapped on my first recurring role as an actress in an upcoming show for Netflix called “First Kill”. I play Tess, a badass vampire hunter.
What is your inspiration? And why?
I find inspiration in the people who have something to say and are unapologetic about it, those that speak up for people without voices. The XYZ future is one where people are owning everything they say and are living without labels.
Why is music important to the queer community?
Music can speak when we feel like we can’t. Music is a language of the world. The freedom of expression that comes with it is important to me. I’ve always seen my music as this. Just saying what I want to without policing it.
What do you hope to achieve as an artist?
I’d love to bring everyone to a place where they feel free, embracing their XYZ. I also intend to keep growing as a spirit and performer.
Top 3 Major Influences.
Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, and Prince.
10. How can we all support your work, talent and gift?
I am grateful for each stream, like, share, and follow. My username on all platforms is @itsmkxyz.