Felly

Felly
Birth nameChristian Felner
Born (1995-09-05) September 5, 1995 (age 24)
Trumbull, Connecticut
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
Years active2013–present
Labels
  • Same Plate Entertainment
  • Sony
Associated acts
Websitewww.fellymusic.com

Christian Felner (known professionally as Felly) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Connecticut who is currently signed to Same Plate Entertainment (a joint venture with Sony Music). He has released numerous EPs, mixtapes, and albums. His most recent project, Surf Trap, was released in September 2018 on Same Plate/Sony.

Early life and education

Christian Felner[1] was born[2] and grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut.[3] He graduated high school from Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield, Connecticut in 2013.[4] He began releasing music while still in high school,[5] and also built a following on YouTube by making and selling beats.[6]

After graduating, he went on to attend the University of Southern California (USC) where he studied music. While in college, Felly founded 2273 Records with fellow USC attendees Jake Standley and Gyyps (with whom Felly frequently collaborates).[7] He graduated from USC in 2017.[3]

Career

While still attending USC, Felly released several mixtapes and an EP. His first project to receive major attention came in May 2014 with the release of Waking Up To Sirens, which featured the single "Fabrics".[8] This led to an appearance as an opener for Madlib.[9] He followed that with a second mixtape, Milk & Sugar, which was released in November 2014. That collection featured a guest appearance from Ari Lennox on the track, "Tell Me".[10] His third mixtape, This Shit Comes in Waves, was released in July 2015,[3] and featured the single "7th King".[11] That song was the namesake for his 2016 tour (the "7th King Tour") which ran for 21 dates in the U.S.[7]

In July 2016, Felly released an EP entitled, Young Fel,[12] and embarked on another tour in support of it.[13] That collection featured the single "Desert Eagle" (featuring Gyyps), for which Felly filmed a music video.[14] In 2017, he would embark on the "Mermaid Gang" tour, which was named after the group formed by Felly, Gyyps, and Trip Carter. All three members performed on stage[15] during the 40-date tour.[16] Throughout 2017, Felly released numerous songs including "Ali",[17] "Baby Boy",[18] "Fight the Feeling",[19] "Delta Deathbus to Zion" (featuring Peter $un),[20] "Hotel Room", "Keep The Team Straight", and numerous others.[21] Some of the tracks were part of a summer series called New Flavors which saw Felly release a new song each Wednesday over that summer.[19]

In August 2017, he released his first studio album, Wild Strawberries,[22] as a Cinematic Music Group signee.[21] The album featured the singles "Baby Boy", "Bag Season" (featuring Trip Carter), and "Wide Angle" (featuring Konshens).[22] It also featured other guest appearances from Gyyps and Frex.[23] In the fall of 2017, Felly opened for T-Pain for two nights on his "Acoustic Tour".[24] Felly then embarked on his own 20-date "Strawberry Season Tour". In March 2018, he released an EP called, Winters in Brooklyn featuring the single, "BLANCO".[16]

In September of that year, it was announced that Felly had been signed to Same Plate Entertainment, a joint venture with Sony Music. He released his first project on that label (Surf Trap) later that month. The lead single off the album was "Pretty Girl"[25] followed by "Miami".[26] In 2019, Felly continued releasing new music with tracks like "At Fault" (with Medasin)[27] and "Cheap Cheap" (with Jack Harlow).[28] He was also featured on the MAX song, "Acid Dreams", which was released in July 2019.[29] In October of that year, Felly released the single, "Heartstrings", which featured Carlos Santana on guitar.[30]

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with year released and selected details
TitleAlbum details
Wild Strawberries

Mixtapes

List of mixtapes, with year released and selected details
TitleAlbum details
Waking up to Sirens
Milk & Sugar
This Shit Comes in Waves
Surf Trap

EPs

List of EPs, with year released and selected details
TitleAlbum details
Young Fel
Winters in Brooklyn

Singles

List of singles with selected details
TitleYearAlbum
"Fabrics"2014Waking up to Sirens
"Probation"Milk & Sugar
"Schoolzones"
"7th King"2015This Shit Comes in Waves
"Desert Eagle" (feat. Gyyps)2016Young Fel
"Baby Boy"2017Wild Strawberries
"Wide Angle" (feat. Konshens)
"Bag Season" (feat. Trip Carter)
"Pretty Girl"2018Surf Trap
"Miami"
"Maple"
"At Fault" (with Medasin)2019To be announced
"Cheap Cheap" (with Jack Harlow)
"Acid Dreams" (with MAX)
"Heartstrings" (feat. Santana)

References

  1. ^ Weiner, Natalie (10 August 2015). "Musicians Still In College: Meet 5 Up-And-Coming Artists". Billboard. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  2. ^ Adamian, John (17 November 2018). "CT-born rapper Felly to play Toad's Place". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b c C.M., Emmanuel (16 September 2016). "The Break Presents: Felly". XXL. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  4. ^ Sullivan, Greg (25 December 2014). "Top 10 New Artists Of 2014". New Underground Music Blog. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  5. ^ Boyd, Ella (4 October 2018). "Felly both matures and streamlines his work in his latest release, 'Surf Trap'". The Student Life. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Spotlight on REVOLT: Felly, "Wide Angle" ft. Konshens". Revolt. 6 November 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  7. ^ a b Tisdale, Isabel (6 April 2016). "Rapper Felly maintains grades while living the dream". The Equinox. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Felly - Waking Up To Sirens [Mixtape]". OK-Tho. 5 May 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  9. ^ Mack, Evan (16 October 2014). "Artist Spotlight: Felly". 10 After. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  10. ^ Ong, Julia (7 November 2014). "Mixtape Review: Milk and Sugar by Felly". Coog Radio. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  11. ^ Winsler, Joe (17 June 2015). "Felly – 7th King (prod. Felly)". Daily Chiefers. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Felly – Young Fel EP". EDM Sauce. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  13. ^ "FELLY – Young Fel EP Release Tour". Austin.com. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  14. ^ Bowdon, Beware (21 September 2016). "Premiere: Felly Plays The Hero In The Neon Horror Film For 'Desert Eagle'". Uproxx. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  15. ^ Jones-Ruman, Claire (15 February 2017). "Mermaid Gang Concert Review". Tonight Magazine. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  16. ^ a b Brungardt, Leah (14 March 2018). "An Interview With The Rapper, FELLY About His Newest Music and Much More!". All Access Music. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  17. ^ Ivey, Justin (22 March 2017). "Felly Feels Like Muhammad "Ali" in New Video". XXL. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  18. ^ Berry, Peter A. (13 June 2017). "Felly Does It for the Squad on New Song "Baby Boy"". XXL. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  19. ^ a b "Felly - Fight The Feeling". HotNewHipHop. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  20. ^ P., Milca (28 June 2017). "[PREMIERE] Felly Debuts "Deathbus to Zion" ft. Peter $un". The Source. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  21. ^ a b C.M., Emmanuel (17 July 2017). "Felly Drops New Song "Hotel Room" and "Keep the Team Straight" Video". XXL. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  22. ^ a b India, Lindsey (21 August 2017). "Listen to Felly's New 'Wild Strawberries' Album". XXL. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  23. ^ F., Matt (21 August 2017). "Felly - Wild Strawberries [Album Stream]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  24. ^ India, Lindsey (22 August 2017). "T-Pain Is Going on Acoustic Tour With Smino and Felly". XXL. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  25. ^ Saponara, Michael (14 September 2018). "Felly Inks New Deal With Sony Music's Same Plate Entertainment, Releases New Song 'Pretty Girl': Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  26. ^ "Felly previews Surf Trap album with "Miami" video". Hip Hop Canada. 23 September 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  27. ^ BG, Reid (5 April 2019). "Medasin & Felly Find Incredible Chemistry On Vibey New Surf-Trap Single "At Fault"". This Song is Sick. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  28. ^ P., Milca (28 April 2019). "Felly & Jack Harlow Link Up On "Cheap Cheap"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  29. ^ Aniftos, Rania (19 July 2019). "MAX Unveils Funky New Tune, 'Acid Dreams,' Featuring Felly: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  30. ^ Saponara, Michael (29 October 2019). "Felly Connects With Santana For Groovy, '70s-Themed 'Heartstrings' Video: Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 30 October 2019.