Kiara Saulters (born May 24, 1995), known professionally as Kiiara, is an American singer and songwriter from Wilmington, Illinois. She is currently signed to Atlantic Records. Her music is described as downcast electronic pop with bass-heavy, trap-style rap production.
Kiara Saulters first attended Saint Francis Xavier Day School in LaGrange, Illinois. After her parents divorced, Kiiara grew up in Wilmington, Illinois. She attended Wilmington High School where she played for the school's volleyball team. While recording her breakout EP, she also worked as a hardware store clerk. She started a studio internship to help her familiarize herself with the music process and get practice recording.
Recording under her real name, Kiara Saulters independently released an acoustic pop single in 2013 entitled "Bring Me Back".
After being signed under Atlantic Records and changing to her stage name, Kiiara released her debut single "Gold" in June 2015. Her debut EP, low kii savage, was released on March 22, 2016. The official music video for "Gold", published on March 21, 2016, quickly garnered popularity and reached five million views by mid-May 2016.
"Gold" was chosen as background music of a 15-second Apple Watch commercial titled "Style" in 2015.
Kiiara made her television debut September 15, 2016 performing "Gold" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Kiiara cites Eminem, Rihanna, Yelawolf, and Linkin Park as her influences.