Lu’s parents met when they attended art school at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C.

Her father played in a jazz-funk group but also sold drugs on the side and ended up getting caught.

“My dad, he was attempting to find another way of living other than the one he had been in,” Lu says.

Adhering to the Jehovah’s Witness faith gave her dad what he was looking for and Lu says her mum became a Jehovah’s Witness too.

But since Lu grew up in this heavily-religious household, she contested and disagreed with the faith often. “I was making decisions in my own life that went against everything that I was raised to think,” Lu says. “Notably, faith.”


About Blood, the musician reflects how far that love has taken her — from being the girl of Jehovah’s Witnesses in North Carolina into a magnetic collaborator of Solange and Blood Orange and residing in LA..

Though production on Blood veers into unexpected places courtesy of Skrillex, Jeff Kleinman, Rodaidh McDonald and much more, the noise of cello is the heartbeat of the album. “Cello’s my main squeeze,” she says with a laugh.

Using a reverence for an experimental spirit, Kelsey Lu is broadening the scope of the way that strings fit into contemporary pop. Lu’s debut record, Bloodout today, is a mash-up of disco, R&B, pop and more that’s rooted in her adoration of strings.

Some songs on the album serve as love letters into the people and places Lu left behind during her trip.”

As West,” the album’s lead single, is a travel log of this artist’s move to LA while”Rebel,” Lu says, is inspired by studying who her parents were at their own childhood.

In 18, to the discomfort of her parents, Lu left home to deepen her research of music. This move kick-started Lu on a course of self-discovery and self-assurance. Blood is your sonic memory map of that route.