14-year-old Audrey Hinya releases debut single ‘More Than Friends’


Audrey Hinya. PHOTO | COURTESY
Audrey Hinya. PHOTO | COURTESY

Audrey Hinya — a 14-year old budding Kenyan artist based in the US — has released More Than Friends, her debut single produced by Hinya and King Kanja.

The R&B single captures the raw emotion and tug of war before lovers come clean about their feelings for each other. It’s what comes before the relationship kicks off.

Ahead of the release, Audrey said: “More than Friends is about that small segment of time before you actually get into boyfriend-girlfriend stage when you’re still crushing on each other but you are both too shy to make a move.”

The release is a culmination of Audrey’s childhood efforts and dreams to make it as a recording artist.

The singer-songwriter is currently signed to King Kanja’s label, King Kanja Empire.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, how old you are or where you’re from. Chase after your dreams and never stop running. In order to do this, you have to look at yourself and not be deterred by what others think of you,” Audrey says.

Kanja, a US- based Kenyan artist revealed that he discovered Audrey through mutual friends and family, specifically her mother Ms. Eva Muiruri, who is her biggest support system.

“When I heard her sing, her abilities at such a young age blew my mind instantly. Later on when I mentioned our collaborative efforts to her mother she was overjoyed as she recalled a time we met at her brother’s wedding where she was singing,” he said.

Audrey described working alongside King Kanja as a “life changing” experience adding that she is confident that King Kanja Empire will equip her with the necessary music skills towards her stardom.

Audrey’s love for music started at a young age. Her mom, and now manager, introduced her daughter to music while still pregnant.

She’s been playing the clarinet since fourth grade, an instrument she credits for helping her learn a lot of new things about herself musically-speaking.

Apart from producing more music, Audrey’s other 2021 plans include pursuing her studies while focusing on time with family and friends.

“2020 was a very eventful year that taught me to manage my expectations and to enjoy life while going with the flow,” she said. “It doesn’t matter how bad life can sometimes seem to be. You will see the light throughout the darkness, as long as you have a pure heart and a clear conscience.”

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