Who is the NCCU student that sang during Kehlani’s set at Dreamville Fest?

By CLTure News

April 6, 2022

One of the biggest highlights from Dreamville Fest 2022 in Raleigh wasn’t a scheduled act, it was actually from a Statesville, NC native and North Carolina Central University student named Josiah Russell. Russell, who is a junior at the HBCU, was elected as Mr. NCCU for the 2022-23 academic year, and is a singer who won a recent 2021 Best of the Carolinas Gospel Competition presented by the university.

While Russell was working security at the festival, R&B star Kehlani overheard him “singing his ass off” backstage. During her performance, she paused the set to recognize Russell who sang a snippet of Musiq Soulchild’s “Love,” much to the delight of tens of thousands in attendance. The aspiring gospel singer who absolutely crushed the opportunity, recently released a single in 2021 titled, “Let Me Be Me.”

Watch Josiah Russell sing at Dreamville Fest during Kehlani’s set:


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