This week, acclaimed singer/songwriter Kai Exos has teamed up with world-renowned violinist Jasminfire to release the stripped-down take on his hit single “Hold Out The Light” titled “HOTV”. Stream the track here: Spotify Apple Music
As long time friends and mutual admirers, the collaboration came together organically. “Hold Out the Light’ is such a special song, it’s open to many interpretations. Jasminfire and her unique talent was the perfect spark for this hauntingly beautiful version. Previously, the instrumentalist has composed arrangements for Grammy-nominated albums from Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Schoolboy Q, and more.
“We actually recorded this in my living room in LA,” Kai explains. “Jasmin brought over her handpainted violin and I had a bunch of candles lit so it all fit nicely. Happened super cosmically. Keyel added drums later, I think one morning over Kale+CBD smoothies. Was a vibe.”
“Making the song was as effortless as being the light Kai sings about” Jasmin says of the collaboration. “It’s our duty to experience life as beautifully as we can by aligning with other illuminating souls, and this song is the physical embodiment of that. Continue to bring your love to those who need a reminder that they are, in fact, a lovely reflection of you.“
Kai Exos is a singer and songwriter from Toronto, a native from Miami and currently writing and producing in LA. An advocate and soul music savant, Exos delivers universal messages through his work and the artists and brands he creates for.
Across 2013 and 2014, he went on his first ever world tour for the critically-acclaimed debut album, Telegraph. Exos has played shows across North America and overseas including House of Blues, Rockwood, Piano Bar, Soho House, Sundance Film Festival, London UK, Indie Week Ireland, Sofar Sounds, Camp Wavelength, NXNE’s Main Stage among other legendary venues.
Most notably, Exos performed as the headliner of Cannes Lions Festival.
The self-titled R&B iconoclast EP followed in spring 2018 along with tracks, “Hold Out The Light” and “Fire & Brew” – which accumulated 5MM+ worldwide streams and appeared on #14 on Billboard’s Next Big Sound. “Hold Out The Light” broke in to the US Mainstream Radio Charts with #4 most added on the Billboard Indicator Charts and smashed into the top 40. The second single, “Back 2 The Moon,” was another top 40 success, making Kai the only indie artist of the year with two consecutive charting singles