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Love at first sight is the expression used when you see the person you’re sure you’ll spend the rest of your life with. Your eyes reassure you that who you’re looking at is the one…you know it. But what about love at first sound? How do you feel when you hear something that turns your midnight in to sunrise? How does that make you feel? One hip-hop gospel artist can tell you for himself. Enter: Kyria.

Born Marcea Kyria Stephens in Twenty-Nine Palms, California, Kyria was virtually bred in the spotlight. When he was just two years old, Kyria would entertain himself (and others) during his mother’s shopping sprees by dancing for store patrons. With these spontaneous dance outbreaks growing in popularity, young Stephens began receiving invitations to perform in various amateur dance competitions, which he won. Fast forward to 1999, Kyria buys his first keyboard at the age of 13, and, in true prodigy fashion, teaches himself how to tickle the ivories. It was at that moment that his love affair with making music began to take flight.

In 2000, Kyria joined up with Buffalo, New York Christian group L.O.C. (“Locked On Christ”), producing beats and penning lyrics for the group. Ever seeking to enhance his craft, Kyria continually studies, increasing and expanding his knowledge of music theory. In 2010, Kyria began to pursue his solo career. With musical influences running the gamut from secular to spiritual, Kyria makes his sound relatable as he takes tosses experiences from all walks of all lives into a melting pot of musical magic. “There’s just something about listening to a song [I wrote] for the first time,” says Kyria, when asked about the roots of his passion. “Everybody talks about love at first sight, but with me, it’s love at first sound.

Everything is a song to me; every beat has a story that should be told.”

With his debut album The Dreamerquickly gaining notoriety, Kyria has taken the bull by the horns to put his talents to the test. A musical maven who gets his fix by acting out his life experiences against an inspirational soundtrack, Kyria has shown us what he’s musically made of as he has opened for such world-renowned acts as Da Truth, Tye Tribbett, Joshua Rogers, Marvin Sapp, and a list of others. With tracks like I Love My Haters, Kyria reminds his listeners of the personal importance of loving your enemies, as Christ did his own, and Goodnight, a tune that can lull even the most livid unbeliever to the light. All the while, Kyria’s explosive stage presence and cross-over potential makes his work relatable to the masses: no matter what genre is your favorite, you’ll always want to listen to Kyria.

Preacher; Producer; Rapper; Actor; Worship Leader. Kyria is the full package. With a song in his heart and a story on his lips, Kyria entered the arena destined to make a name for himself. His name itself means “king” or “lord,” and he is definitely proving himself to be musical royalty. Claiming his throne in the music game, Kyria keeps himself grounded by reminding himself that nothing he does would be possible without the grace of God: “Be confident because you are a child of God; be humble because everyone else is too.” Be sure to watch this young man’s throne, because he is skyrocketing to the highest heights of becoming the musical king that he is.

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