After slowly making waves with his debut single “Location,” El Paso native Khalid upended the R&B scene with impressive speed at the tender age of 19. While he grew up surrounded by music (his mother is a singer in the military), it wasn't until he relocated to Texas during his senior year of high school that he dared to dream of music as a career. The crooner's first hit landed him a label deal with RCA Records, and helped him carve out his place as one of the biggest new artists of 2017.
“Location” is not an ordinary Top 40 hit — it is slow, meditative and marked by a sense of longing. Earlier this year, Khalid told Billboard that he almost scrapped the song from his album. Fortunately, he had an uncompromising vision for how he wanted his first project to sound, and ended up scoring a Top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his debut, American Teen.