Many music artists get to draw inspiration for their music from the circumstances in which they find themselves. For American singer and songwriter Khalid, the inspiration behind his breakthrough song “Location” was loneliness and not having a car. Thankfully, the baritenor, who possesses a two-octave vocal range, has since gone ahead to create more magical tunes that have earned him several awards and numerous fans across the world.
Keep reading below to find more information about the American musician who is taking the entertainment industry by storm.
Khalid: Biography (Age)
Khalid Donnel Robinson was born on the 11th of February 1998 in Fort Stewart, Georgia. He was raised by his single mother, Linda Wolfe, who had a career in the United States military as a supply technician. She was also a member of the Army Chorus.
Due to Khalid’s mother’s career in the military, the family got moved around a lot as they lived in various cities, including Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Drum, Watertown, New York; and overseas in Heidelberg, Germany. He received some of his education in the European country before returning to the United States where he attended a school in New York and then America’s High School in El Paso, Texas. It was during this time that he began to take notice of his passion for music as he joined the school’s choir and started taking voice lessons.
During his senior high school year, Khalid began writing and recording songs which he uploaded to his Soundcloud page. It is said that he recorded music out of sheer loneliness in El Paso where he had found it hard to fit in. His music soon gained him a following in his community and even better, caught the attention of the Vice president of A&R for RCA Records, Tunji Balogun. The music executive was impressed by some of the young artist’s early releases, and went on to help him work on his breakthrough single “Location” which reached number 20 on the US Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart by the end of 2016, and made the top 10 of the US Hot R&B Songs chart in January 2017.
Khalid’s new found success got him the opportunity to work with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Logic, as he embarked on his first tour before releasing his debut studio critically acclaimed album titled American Teen on March 3, 2017. The album went platinum in a few months and earned him a number of awards and nominations, most notably from the Recording Academy (Grammys), as the rest became history.
Does He Have a Girlfriend?
Due to the undeniable chemistry, Khalid seems to have had with the female singers he has worked with, like Fifth Harmony singer Normani, Alina Baraz, and Billie Eilish, among others, both his fans and fans of the other artists have wished and speculated that they were dating. All of such speculations have proven to be false as the Location crooner is very much single. He has, however, not always been single, as it is said that he had been in a 4-year long relationship with an unidentified girl before he moved to El Paso. The relationship reportedly ended due to the long distance between them.
Is He Gay?
By all indications, Khalid does not appear to be gay. There are no reports that have linked him to having romantic feelings towards any man in the past. The only link we are able to find about him and the sexual orientation is that he contributed to the song “Love Lies” with Normani, which is featured in the 20th Century Fox movie Love, Simon (2018), a film about a closeted gay high school boy finding himself.
According to several sources, Khalid has an estimated net worth of $6 million. The multiple Grammy Award-nominated singer was able to amass his wealth through touring and from the sales of his music. Khalid has a number of platinum-selling records and has so far headlined four tours; The Location Tour (2017), American Teen Tour (2017–2018), Roxy Tour (2018), and Free Spirit World Tour (2019), and supported Lorde on her Melodrama World Tour (2017).
Height and Weight
Khalid stands at a height of 5 feet 10½ inches or 179 cm. The singer, who has an average body build, also has distinctive features which include dark brown eyes, black afro hairdo, and beard. His body weight is recorded to be 80 kg or 176 lbs. His other body measurements and shoe size are not known at the moment.