PLATINUM SELLING RECORDING ARTIST
His sophomore album “Back for More” produced a #1 hit single, three top 10 hit singles, and also garnered him a Juno Award for Best R&B/Soul Recording. His high-energy, infectious single, “Let’s Go,” exploded onto the Top 40 radio chart after just 1 week, peaking at #1.
His album "Fresh" featured the gold selling and MMVA nominated hit “Shiver". His platinum selling single “Night Like This” reached #1, and the video marked his return to his roots in dance music boasting 100+ dancers in the music video. The video reached #1 on both the Much and MuchMoreMusic chart and won MMVA for Video of the Year. His Platinum selling single“Electric” also reached #1.
Desman released his following album “ALIVE” in a way no other artist had before, in conjunction with a scripted movie set to the music of his album of the same name which aired on Much starring Desman as himself, Heartland’s Kaitlyn Leeb, Degrassi’s Melinda Shankar, and Lost Girl’s K.C. Collins and provided audiences with a brand new way to experience music and visual content.
PRESIDENT & OWNER
Katrina Lopes is the president of KL Management whose roster includes platinum selling, Juno Award winning artist/producer Shawn Desman, pop duo and production team RadioClub, soul artist/film composer/Sephora collaborator TiKA, and pop singer/songwriter/producer Kayla Diamond.
KL artists have toured with internationally renowned acts Backstreet Boys, Selena Gomez, opened for acts such as NAO, John Legend, Nas, SWV, Van Hunt and have performed alongside Sir Elton John, have been short listed in NPR’s acclaimed Tiny Desk contest, as well as taken the stage at "We Day" stadiums across Canada.
Together with its clients KL Management has garnered numerous accolades including MMVA Video of the Year, Socan #1 Award, Socan Pop Song of the Year, as well as numerous platinum and gold certified singles.
KL also executive produced the film "ALIVE" in partnership with MUCH which starred Shawn Desman, Kaitlyn Leeb (Heartland), Melinda Shankar (Degrassi), and K.C. Collins (Lost Girl). The film was the cornerstone of an innovative campaign to promote Desman's album of the same name. The premiere grew its time slot by 145%, won “Outstanding Short Film” at ReelWorld Film Awards, garnered nominations including: “Best Youth Program/Series” and “Best Direction in Youth Program/Series” at the Canadian Screen Awards, “Best TV Drama Cinematography” at the Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards, “Best R&B/Soul Recording” at the Juno Awards, and Best Pop Music Video at MMVA’s.
She also produced the documentary short "Good Love" by Gary Beals which won "Best Documentary Short" at the Emerging Lens Festival.
KL also serves on the board for: Manifesto, a youth arts organization that creates space (physical and digital) that inspires, develops, and amplifies diverse communities through arts, culture and media; Music Managers Forum Canada (MMF); Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA); is a mentor with Femme it Forward, a female-led music and entertainment company and joint venture with Live Nation that celebrates, educates and empowers the industry’s most creative and accomplished female visionaries. KL also teaches Music Industry classes through F-You: The Forgiveness Project to youth and young men in custody. She is an innovator w/ Keychange, a global network working towards a total restructure of the music industry in reaching full gender equality. She was also named as an honouree on the global “Alternative Power 100 Music List 2020”.
"Dream Big. Start small. Begin now."
- Robin Sharma
"Believe in your dreams. It makes you and everyone around you better."
- Michael Port
ARTIST, COMPOSER, SEPHORA COLLABORATOR
TiKA is an artist, DJ, creator, cultural producer, film composer, and advocate for the empowerment of female artists & creators. Her EP’s, “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid” + “Carry On” have received critical acclaim in Complex, Noisey, MILK, Afropunk, Saint Heron, The Fader, CBC, The Source for her voice, her energy, her love. Her music.
She has opened for heavyweights like John Legend + NAO and is being coined as an incredible performance artist + visual hypnotist. Complex Magazine listed TiKA as “One of the most prolific creatives in Toronto.”
TiKA’s debut album drops in spring of 2020. Aptly titled “Anywhere But Here,” it serves as a brilliant indication of her unique voice, as well as her distinctive resonance and personality as a developed artist. “No matter what I am going through, I always want to convey love + light in my music. My lyrics are dark because my reality has been dark. My sound stays in the light. I want people to know that the light is always attainable."
"Art is not what you see but what you make others see."
- Edgar Degas
ARTISTS, PRODUCERS & SONGWRITERS
RadioClub is the brainchild of long-time friends, Shawn Desman and Tebey Ottoh. Both are music industry veterans with a long list of international achievements to their credit.
Born and raised in Toronto, Shawn Desman burst onto the Canadian music scene in the 2002 with his debut single ‘Get Ready’ (BMG Music). #1 singles and videos, Top 10 radio hits and platinum singles would quickly follow (Shook’, Let’s Go’, Night Like This’, ‘Electric’, ‘Nobody Does It Like You’), and by 2012 Shawn had become the biggest domestic pop star in his home country. Winner of multiple JUNO, SOCAN and MuchMusic Video Awards, Shawn has proven himself to be a music business heavyweight, with no signs of slowing down. Tebey Ottoh is a Canadian multi-genre songwriter and artist. Also from the Toronto area, Tebey has seen success as both a songwriter and an artist. As a songwriter, Tebey has watched many of his songs reach #1 on various charts around the world, including the US (Billboard), UK, and Canada. Such international artists like One Direction, Fifth Harmony, FLO RIDA, Pixie Lott and Cher have all recorded songs penned by Tebey. To many people’s surprise, as an artist Tebey calls the country music genre home. Having amassed four Top 5 radio hits in his home country, his singles ‘Who’s Gonna Love You’, ‘Happened on a Saturday Night’ and 'Denim On Denim’ were recently certified Gold, Gold and Platinum respectively.
Shawn and Tebey have long discussed the idea of creating a collaborative project that showcases their song writing and production talents along with their vocal prowess. Their debut single was an EDM remake of the 1987 international pop smash ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ by Rick Astley which has nearly 11 Million streams to date and peaked within the Top 40 at Canadian Pop Radio. “I’ve always loved that record!” says Shawn. “It’s a classic pop melody that we thought should be introduced to a whole new generation, many of whom probably don’t know the original”. Single #2 was a house/dance song called ‘Love Go When It’s Gone’ with over 940,000 streams to date. Their third single ‘Starlight (Feat. Jesse Gold)’ was an exciting departure from their first two singles featuring a throwback R&B sound. ‘River’ their most recent single has already amassed over 540,000 global streams. ‘River’ was Stingray Music’s #1 Most Played Dance Clubbin’ the week of May 17th, 2021. On June 4th, RadioClub released their version of ‘I Love You, Always Forever’ featuring UK pop duo Neeka whose current single “Following the Sun” has over 21M streams to date.
SINGER, SONGWRITER, PRODUCER
Kayla Diamond feels precisely who she is when she’s behind a piano. Or playing a guitar. Or sitting at her computer talking to producers about music composition, or even teaching herself how to produce songs. After over a year of reflective consideration of who she wants to be, what music she wants to make, the pop swerve she gave us on her Dirty Laundry EP has now given way for the singer-songwriter to emerge, a moniker more authentic for Diamond to wear.
Since winning the It’s Your Shot Contest in 2015 for the track “Crazy,” Diamond has gone through a winding road of sound, writing and performing pop and electronic hits. Dirty Laundry, she says, was an act of therapy, a record she needed to get out. “I was going through a breakup. I needed to get it out of the way,” she says. What comes next is a transformation that has happened with all great pop artists; understanding a moment or a feeling, and seeing it through to the next iteration of their artistry. Diamond has been on a journey of unravelling and rediscovery that’s led to immense sonic and personal growth.
Diamond’s newest work, written over the past year, and produced in quarantine, still traverses traditional pop song pathways. Instead of adding electronic flourishes and elaborate production, Diamond has stripped down each track to its essential elements, letting her vulnerability shine through composition and lyrics.
On “always been you,” Diamond’s love ballad, her heart is so openly and brazenly on her sleeve. Diamond captures a feeling so precisely on “always,” that yearning for love at all costs, and it is how she thrives as a writer and performer. She delicately sings about wanting to be loved only by one person and the all-consuming heat and desire of it. While thinking of the track, she said of it, “I want a song that feels this way. In my head, I thought ‘what's a good beat?’” That sonic snapshot, while so personal to her love of her fiancée, is universal in its totality.
It is a challenge to understand yourself amid the clutter of the world. Even one second of clarity feels like it can be taken away. But this, in essence, is what being a person and an artist is truly all about: growth. The resolve and refusal to remain a certain way, to be static, comes at a risk but perhaps has the best payoff possible when it comes true. Dirty Laundry is foundational to Diamond’s musical past, present and future. But what comes after Diamond hit the reset button on her own artistry is a thrilling adventure to follow.
SINGER/SONGWRITER, COMPOSER, PRODUCER
After a career as singer and musical theatre actress, mainly in Colombia, Sol Escobar makes a great leap in her international career as singer songwriter, composer and music producer with La Dama Oscura, an album all written and directed by her.
As in a film by David Lynch, Tarantino or Wong Kar Wai, her new work tells stories about vampire love, betrayed ghosts, disaffection and disenchantment of other lives that cross through space and time. The music transports us to a desert inhabited by cowboys, to castles in northern Europe or to the canteens of Buenos Aires, Mexico or Paris.
The theatricality of tango, the epic depth of popular music and the dramatic tone of the ranchera, come together to unite stories around a very personal and unique alter ego: La Dama Oscura (The Dark Lady).
An album set of 7 original songs that show the vocal potential of this singer and her marked talent for the composition of boleros, rancheras and modern tangos. Sol directs the musical production towards a very personal concept and the union of different styles in one, his own, fresh and elegant. In their songs we can hear a ranchera melody, followed by a surf guitar; a powerful chorus of lyrical voices, followed by a bartender piano; tango becomes blues, bolero becomes rock and Latin arrangements becomes Nordic folk music.