Smiling PSA Stars 16 Yr.-Old Singer Kelly Kalosa, Painter Patcasso
Shot at Old “King of Crunk” Studio After Recent Deaths in Orlando, Baton Rouge, St Louis, Dallas and Nice, France
Lil Jon, Vince Phillips, Grand Hustle, Shanti Das, Lil’ Scrappy, Freco, RHOA’s Tammy McCall Browning, Mama Dee Help Promote PSA Via Social Media
Atlanta, Georgia – Lil Jon, Grand Hustle, Shanti Das, Mama Dee, Lil’ Scrappy and several figures in the ATL hip-hop and artistic community are supporting a new PSA featuring 16 year-old singer Kelly Kalosa and performance painter, Patcasso. The effort is designed to speak out against injustice and violence and to promote healing with priority given to our children and the world they are witness to.
Recorded after being inspired by all the negative occurrences in recent times, the “Smiling” video was directed by William “Putt” Holmes and shot at the old Lil Jon “King of Crunk” studio after the recent deaths in Orlando, Baton Rouge, St Louis, Dallas and Nice France. It was produced by J-Kits.
Artists such as Lil Jon, Mama D, Young Jeezy, Lil’ Scrappy are helping to promote it via Twitter, Facebook and other their personal social media platforms.
Kalosa’s father, prominent ATL music attorney Vince Phillips, said:
I’m proud of her. She wrote a song about humanity – in Atlanta, and across the nation we have seen our share of injustice and senseless killing. Instead of smiling, kids see on the news and sometimes right down their street, innocent people being shot and harmed. The bottom line is we need to come together as a human race – to remember that everything should be about our kids. It should always be about the kids. What are we teaching them?
Dallas based artist, Patcasso, is known for taking his fans on a journey while performance painting to inspired music. When he heard 16-year old Kelly Kalosa’s song, “Smiling” he felt it was perfect. He couldn’t believe such a young artist made the song.
Keliy has a great ability at 16 years old to reflect today’s life and times with her art in a way that captures it’s intense pain and yet is inspiring with hope. Her song provides me the soundtrack to express my hope and concerns for the world that my 2-year-old daughter is growing up in.
Along with her song, Kalosa is launching a movement of her own. #KidsLivesMatter. With the phrase Evolution Over Injustice (E.O.I.) she has introduced a new movement that the Atlanta Music community is embracing.
When I wrote this song, I really didn’t understand the importance people find in such simple words.
Patrick “Patcasso” Hunter is a nationally recognized performance painter. He has performed at the Sundance, Essence and Bentonville Festivals and opened for personalities such as Snoop Dog, Ben Stein and Hank Aaron raising support for charitable causes around the country
About Kelly Kalosa
Now 16 years old. Singer songwriter Kelly Kalosa has been writing and singing her own music for 3 years. Her music inspires and is the essence of hope and positivity that speaks for a generation.