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Keely Sibilia | photo courtesy of the artist

LA native-turned Philly local Keely Sibilia first broke onto the scene in a 2014 songwriters competition, and began work on her debut the following year. This week, its lead single “Happy” is finally ready for listeners, and the result of three years of TLC is an incredibly unique, electronic yet gentle sound; it’s very Ellie Goulding or Imogen Heap circa “Hide and Seek,” with Sibilia’s own twist to it.

“Happy,” produced by Robby Webb, plays on the theme of self love and the sacrifice of trying to aid someone else’s happiness before your own. It’s anthemic, and its lyrics have the potential to resonate with anyone. It’s meant to be a beacon of hope for anyone who has lost their feeling of self-worth and serve as a sense of self-improvement.

Sibilia has spent most of her time working on this EP collaborating with peers from the hip-hop, jazz and pop communities along the east coast. No release date on the full EP yet, but you can see Keely Sibilia live when she performs upstairs at The Barbary on Friday, August 24th with Rover Rover and Impuritan; details on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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