One of the biggest winners coming out of this years SXSW was definitely Kehlani . The 19-year-old Oakland singer caught attention last year when she released the acclaimed mixtape Cloud 19 , which featured spunky, joyous songs like “FWU.” At SXSW, she won over even more fans after performing at a ton of shows and impressing audiences with her poise and stage presence. Her live show is no fluke, it comes from her years spent performing as part of the band Poplyfe ​ and her stint on NBC’s America’s Got Talent . But things didn’t go so well from there as she eventually found herself homeless. That is, until she got a helping hand from Nick Cannon and she slowly built her way to where she is now.