Khalid

With his suave, old-soul voice, 19-year-old Khalid has been garnering the attention of outlets like Rolling Stone, New York Times and The Ellen DeGeneres Show this year. As he has ascended on his musical journey, he has not failed to mention his love for EP.

The city’s reciprocated love is evident in his recent sold-out show at Tricky Falls and in the votes for him as this year’s Best Local Hero.

“I feel super honored that even this award is part of a city that I’m not primarily from, accepting me as an individual and as an artist,” said Khalid, who moved to El Paso just before his senior year and attended Americas High School. “Everything I do, I really try to do for not only me, but for the city – whether it’s innovation, whether it’s creativeness – anything. So, I’m super happy, very thankful and appreciative.”

A nod to old school R&B infused with slick production, the former army brat’s music has racked up over 30 million listens on Spotify. His single, “Location,” peaked at number 24 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

With his finger on the pulse of a social media generation, his recent debut studio album, “American Teen,” makes him the artist to follow closely for years to come.

More info: facebook.com/thegreatkhalid, Instagram: @thegr8khalid, YouTube: OfficialKhalidVEVO, Twitter: @thegreatkhalid

Runner-up: Diana Natalicio, University of Texas at El Paso

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