Khalid Donnel Robinson (born February 11, 1998), known mononymously as Khalid, is an American singer and songwriter. He is a featured artist on Shawn Mendes' song, Youth, which is on his self titled album, Shawn Mendes.
Khalid Robinson was born on February 11, 1998, in Fort Stewart, Georgia. He spent his childhood in various locations including Fort Campbell in Kentucky, Fort Drum in Watertown, New York, and six years in Heidelberg, Germany because of his mother Linda Wolfe's career in the military. Wolfe worked as a supply technician and became a member of the U.S. Army chorus. In high school Khalid studied singing and musical theater. During his junior year of high school, the family moved to El Paso, Texas.
Khalid began writing and creating music in high school; he posted his early works to SoundCloud. In July 2010, he reached number 2 on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart. His single "Location" began charting, while Khalid was featured in many publications, including Billboard, Yahoo, Buzzfeed, and Rolling Stone. With production from Syk Sense, Tunji Ige, and Smash David, "Location" finished the year 2016 at No. 20 on the Billboard's Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart on January 21, 2017. The music video for "Location" premiered on The Fader's website.
Khalid is a featured artist on Shawn Mendes' single, Youth, which was first released on May 3, 2018, which was also featured on the self titled album. 17 days later, he performed on the 2018 Billboard Music Awards along with Shawn singing in their collaboration.