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It’s been almost two years since Kehlani released a full-length project, but
their third studio album, “Blue Water Road,” is finally here. The Grammy-nominated singer announced their new project on March 24, and shared a statement about the story behind it, noting that “Blue Water Road” is “a destination in my mind.” They added: “I’m giving everyone access. It’s an emotional journey, a sexual journey, and a spiritual journey. To me, the album is like a glass house. It’s light, transparent, and the sun is shining right through it.”
Ahead of the album’s release, Kehlani dropped three singles: “Alter,” “Little Story,” and “Up at Night” featuring Justin Bieber. The 13-track project is executive produced by Pop Wansel and includes other features from Blxst, Syd, Jessie Reyez, Thundercat, and Ambré.
Along with “Blue Water Road”‘s release, Kehlani has also debuted a three-part docuseries of the same name. They announced the special project on April 21via Twitter just a week before their album’s release. “excited to share something that means a lot to me. I took honey shot productions on a road trip to experience the music in nature and reflect on some important aspects of my journey so far,” she tweeted. “we filmed the whole trip and created a 3 part mini doc.” The first two episodes of the docuseries are available now on YouTube.
Kehlani released their previous album, “It Was Good Until It Wasn’t,” in May 2020. It debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart, but the R&B album was snubbed from the 2021 Grammy nominations, causing outrage from fans. However, Kehlani assured them, in a now-deleted Instagram post, that they don’t need awards to prove anything about their music. “we had a #2 overall album and #1 rnb album,” they wrote in a caption. “i have a lot of fans wondering where certain accolades or acknowledgments are for me but i need y’all to know that YALL listening to and loving the music is what matters to me the most.”
Ahead, listen to every song on “Blue Water Road.”