There’s a lot of fodder on Soundcloud but sometimes you’ll come across something that stops you in your tracks. Loved By You by Kirby is one of those songs. It’s raw, soulful and features a vocal that’s just too good to be undiscovered. As it turns out Kirby isn’t undiscovered exactly. Her writing credits include Kanye and Rihanna’s FourFiveSeconds, Kanye’s Only One and Beyoncé’s Die With You. The three songs mentioned are some of the most soulful and raw to ever come from those artists and after just one listen to Loved By You, Kirby’s touch with those songs will be immediately apparent.
Backed by just the strum of the guitar, she leads the melody with a flawless vocal, taking it straight to church. With Anderson .Paak, BJ The Chicago Kid and even Rihanna, bringing back old school soul, it’s exactly the right time for Kirby to strike. It’s a masterclass in simple, honest songwriting but it’s also a track that could only be done justice with a voice like hers. Expect to hear a lot about Kirby this year and not just in the credit books of your favourite artists.