The resounding success of twenty-year-old American singer Khalid began online in 2016. He was still at high school when the single Location became a smash hit on the internet. With over four million views on YouTube and 27 million listens on Spotify, the hit paved the way for even greater success. On his first album, American Teen, an old-fashioned blockbuster, Khalid sings about life in the age of Uber and Instagram. Critics across the globe raved about his mature voice and refreshing modern pop, bursting with beats and hooks. The album made Khalid a teen idol and a global star. It was only a year earlier that the American was performing to an audience of four hundred in a small venue in Amsterdam. Twelve months on and he had graduated to AFAS Live where this past winter some six thousand fans came to see him. Appearing at North Sea Jazz marks the beginning of an impressive next step for Khalid.