Staying Shady with Verite

Staying Shady with Verite

Pop singer and songwriter Verite gets shady with Alain Mikli.

Pop singer and songwriter Verite gets shady with Alain Mikli.

Brooklyn-based pop singer and songwriter Verite, aka Kelsey Byrne, is proof positive that to be a successful artist today one doesn’t have to sing away to a record label. From day one, Byrne has kept her endeavor entirely independent, working extra shifts at a service job in Times Square until eventually tipping the scale and becoming an artist full time.

Starting in 2014, Byrne released a new EP each year, which steadily built her now loyal fanbase—personal touches along the way like custom postcards kept her and her listeners close in between tours. While all well received, it wasn’t until she released her cover of the 1975 track “Somebody Else” that plays started pouring in—by the millions. That momentum lead to the release of her debut album, Somewhere In Between, earlier this year.

It’s that determined spirit and artistic talent that made Verite one of V’s September and music issue changemakers. Here, in our new summer video series, “Shady,” with eyewear brand Alain Mikli, we tease her feature from that forthcoming issue and find out a little more about some of her shadiest (or not so shady) lyrics. In the immortal words of Carly Simon, you’re so vain; you probably think this song is about you.

DISCOVER ALAIN MIKLI AT BARNEYS.COM.

Credits: IMAGES COURTESY OF LUCA RIPOLA

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