Kayo Guevarra (né Filbert Salton) was born and raised in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.
Kayo describes his sound as ‘Future meets Fugees’. It’s a lush blend of hip-hop, R&B and Reggae; a raspy delivery mixed with unique cadence, catchy melodies and a certain rhythm that could only stem from his island upbringing.
At the age of 20, Kayo moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia to study marketing and immersed himself in the local hip-hop scene where he met future mentor Classified. Class signed Kayo to a production deal via his imprint, Half Life Records, resulting in a licensing deal with EMI Music Canada. He then released ‘1 Night’, his first national single with Half Life/EMI - A club track about the beauty of women “and the insecurities they live with that can ultimately destroy them.”
That “sugar with the medicine” approach to songwriting is the basis for what Kayo’s music is all about - creating a uniquely potent and penetrating sound while penning songs with substance and purpose - Music that makes you feel something. 9 albums, 7 cross country tours, several songwriting credits, film and television placements later, Kayo is still paving his way to being one of the most prolific artists of our time.