Keldric “Kel” Bonton was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana. Like many contemporary Black artists, his love of music started at an early age and was nurtured in the church. By age five, he was singing in the church choir and his musical talent was being recognized. Kel continued to develop his musical talent throughout his formative years.
It was in high school though that music became his passion. He realized that he could combine that passion and musical talent into a career. He played the trumpet in the marching band and found that he also had a talent for arranging and composing. Some of his early musical influences include Earth, Wind and Fire, Frankie Beverly and Maze and Luther Vandross. The success of these musical giants greatly influenced Kel and prompted him to select music as a career.
Kel used his high school years to develop his sound, often recording in a friend’s home. Kel combined his love of Hip Hop with contemporary R & B to produce a sound that appeals to both young and old. It was during high school that Keldric was given the nickname “Killa”. As a result of the nickname Keldric’s stage name “Killa Kel” was born. The name represented different aspects of Keldric’s personality with “Killa” representing the dark mysterious side and Kel the good, socially acceptable side.
By age eighteen, Keldric Bonton became “Killa Kel” the recording artist and a career was born. “Killa Kel” released his first mix tape entitled College Preparation Volume 1: Freshman Year under his own label, Flyy Guy Entertainment. He went on to release three more projects; Real Music 101: Winter Session, College Preparation Volume 2: Sophomore Year and his most recent project No More Mr. Nice Guy.
Kel has maintained his recording career while being a full-time college student. He has been featured in his hometown newspaper and other local and state media outlets. His music has been played on radio stations throughout the state.
Kel’s music is constantly evolving. Despite admiring such artists as Tupac and Kanye West, Kel’s music is free from profanity. His strong religious faith recently led him to change his stage name from “Killa Kel” to “Kel”. Kel feels that God has given him a special musical talent and he intends to use that talent to make a difference in his community and perhaps the world.