Kaifi Khalil is an up-and-coming Pakistani singer and songwriter who has made a name for himself in the music industry in just a few years. He first stepped into the spotlight in 2019 with his song “Kahani Suno” which became a huge hit. Since then, he has released several popular songs and worked with top artists in Pakistan.
In this biography, we will explore Kaifi’s background, his early life and career beginnings, his rise to fame, notable songs and collaborations, his unique singing style and songwriting abilities, awards and achievements so far, and more.
Background and Early Life
- Name: Kaifi Khalil
- Birthday: January 1, 1995
- Age: 28 years old (as of 2023)
- Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan
- Family: Not much is known about his family
- Education: Graduated with a business degree
Kaifi was born on January 1, 1995, in the bustling city of Lahore, Pakistan. Not much is known publicly about his family and upbringing. However, in various interviews, Kaifi has mentioned being interested in music since childhood.
He graduated with a business degree from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). During his college days, he slowly started composing songs and tunes for fun in his free time. Little did he know this hobby would one day become his career.
Early Singing and Songwriting
Though he got a business degree, Kaifi’s passion was always music. He started taking it more seriously in college.
- Composed songs and tunes casually as a hobby in college
- Started practicing singing more seriously after graduating
- Released first single “Akh Lad Jaave” in 2018
- Received praise for his unique vocals and songwriting style
He began practicing singing more focused after graduating as he considered pursuing music full-time. In 2018, Kaifi released his first-ever single called “Akh Lad Jaave”. The romantic song highlighted his unconventional yet captivating vocals.
He sang with a distinctive texture and emotional depth that struck a chord. Moreover, his meaningful poetry and songwriting showed potential too. The song earned him appreciation in the underground music scene.
Big Break With “Kahani Suno” in 2019
Kaifi’s big breakthrough came in 2019 when he released “Kahani Suno”. This song elevated him from an underground singer to mainstream fame.
- “Kahani Suno” was released on YouTube in February 2019
- Song went massively viral within days
- Currently has over 180 million views on YouTube
- One of the most popular Pakistani songs that year
The release of “Kahani Suno” marked his first collaboration with director and cinematographer Ahsan Khan and producer Abdullah Siddiqui. Together they created a unique and beautifully shot music video to go with Kaifi’s vocals and lyrics.
The song struck an instant chord with listeners upon its release on YouTube in February 2019. Within days, “Kahani Suno” went massively viral and continued to shatter records. To date, it has over 180 million views on YouTube!
It became one of the biggest Pakistani songs of 2019, even winning the “Song of the Year” award at the Hum Awards. Kaifi’s raw and soulful voice combined with poetic lyrics made “Kahani Suno” an unforgettable hit.
Rise to Fame and Notable Songs
The runaway success of “Kahani Suno” propelled Kaifi Khalil from an underground artist to nationwide fame. He followed up with more hit singles showcasing his talent.
Notable Solo Songs
- “Rooh” – Reflective track with 60M+ YouTube views
- “Joona” – Soft, romantic song crossing 13M views
- “Mahi Aaja” a playful song with Aima Baig. 33M views.
- “Ishq Na Kario” – Emotional track with 20M+ views
- “Mahi Wai” – Popular dance song with Abdullah Siddiqui
Kaifi has released several popular solo singles under his belt spanning different genres like romantic, dance, sad songs, and more. Some of his biggest hits include emotional tracks like “Rooh”, the sweet romance of “Joona”, the flirty duet “Mahi Aaja” with Aima Baig, the heartbreak song “Ishq Na Kario” and the fun dance track “Mahi Wai” produced by Abdullah Siddiqui.
He has showcased versatility in singing different moods and has found success with most of his solo releases. Most songs have at least 15-20 million views each.
- “Zaalima Coca Cola Pila De” – Hit single with Abdullah Siddiqui & Shae Gill
- “Gumaan” – Song for film Parey Hut Love with Maya Ali & Asim Azhar
- “Noori” – Collaboration with Faris Shafi
- “Na Tutteya Ve” – Duet with Natasha Baig
- “Teri Photo” – Popular song with Sanwal Esakhelvi
Aside from solos, Kaifi has collaborated with many notable artists on hit songs. These include the fun Coke Studio fusion track “Zaalima Coca Cola Pila De” with Abdullah Siddiqui and Shae Gill; the Parey Hut Love movie song “Gumaan” featuring Asim Azhar and Maya Ali; the electronic hip hop track “Noori” with Faris Shafi; the soothing duet “Na Tutteya Ve” with Natasha Baig and the romantic “Teri Photo” sung with the veteran artist Sanwal Esakhelvi.
Through these diverse collaborations, Kaifi has shown his versatility as an artist and his ability to adapt across different musical styles.
Unique Singing Style and Songwriting
A huge part of Kaifi Khalil’s appeal lies in his unique singing style and songwriting sensibilities. Let’s analyze them in more detail:
- Soulful, husky vocals – Kaifi has a naturally soulful and husky vocal texture full of depth and emotion. His voice conveys heartfelt poetry with pain, longing, joy, or sadness effortlessly.
- Smooth mellow tone – While he can belt high notes, Kaifi mainly sings in a smooth, mellow yet penetrating mid-tone range that pulls you in.
- Effortless vocals – He has a laidback style of singing and makes difficult notes seem effortless. His vocals feel unfiltered, raw, and conversational.
- Meaningful poetry – Kaifi’s songwriting contains meaningful poetry discussing love, grief, reflections on society, and more. The words are impactful with vivid imagery.
- Conversational lyrics – His writing style comes across as conversational using relatable language. The lyrics adopt a storytelling flavor as if sharing little anecdotes.
- Filmy influences – Coming from Lahore, Pakistan’s cultural hub, Kaifi’s work shows filmy influences incorporating date romance, and classical instruments like tabla, sarangi, etc.
It’s the combination of his offbeat yet versatile vocals combined with hard-hitting poetry that makes his songs connect on an emotional level. The conversational lyrics also help listeners relate to the feelings and stories he conveys.
Awards and Achievements
Despite his short career so far, Kaifi Khalil has already received notable awards recognizing his talents:
- “Kahani Suno” named Song of the Year at the 2019 Hum Awards
- Kaifi awarded Best Music Talent at the 2019 Hum Style Awards
- Nominated for Best Music Single for “Joona” at 2020 Lux Style Awards
- “Zaalima Coca Cola Pila De” nominated for Best Music Video at Hum Awards 2020
- “Mahi Aaja” with Aima Baig gets a YouTube Gold Plaque for 30M views in 2022
The breakout track “Kahani Suno” earned him instant acclaim with the prestigious Song of the Year award along with the Best Music Talent trophy the same year. He also got nominations for popular releases like “Joona” and the Coke Studio fusion smash hit “Zaalima Coca Cola Pila De”.
His stats also speak volumes, with his songs reaching 20 million views within months routinely. Recently his flirty EDM track “Mahi Aaja” with Aima Baig crossed 30 million views to be awarded YouTube’s Gold Plaque.
Global Reach and Future Goals
While Kaifi Khalil is already hugely popular in Pakistan, he possesses all the talents to make it big globally too. Some key points:
- Natural talent at singing and poetic songwriting
- Unique and versatile musical style
- Collaborated with international artists like Eva B to fuse languages
- Many songs have picked up views from outside Pakistan showing global appeal
- The aim is to represent his culture