We're ticking closer to the 20th day of the new year, where the changing of the guard will inevitably shift the world off its axis. As it nears, there's cause for speculation. There's cause for pressure. But there's not as much cause for worry with a generation of youth now aware of the power they have to dictate the outcome. And most importantly, unafraid to harness it.

Soul singer, Khalid is an American teen. Although he's travelled the world as a military child, the 18-year-old talent calls El Paso, Texas home. But it's the many different influences and layers of his young artistic life that make up the textured mood music his fans have fallen for on smooth deliveries like 'Location' and 'Saved', just as variety is the ultimate identity of the American Teen.

It's precisely why he's titled his forthcoming debut album exactly that, as no fitting narrative is uniform. Khalid's perspective makes that clear.

You're in Toronto for another tour stop on The Location Tour. So the big question is: Are you keeping warm?

I'm trying to. It was such a hard adjustment. The first city we hit was just so cold. It was Chicago. It was the worst. Any chance that I could be able to stay inside a room full of heat, I took it. Most definitely. But Toronto, I love the vibe, so I feel like the cold is just necessary. I had walked out of the tour bus and I felt the vibe. And what is that thing that Toronto's famous for?

The CN Tower.

Yeah. I saw that and I was like, "Oh shit, this is real." It was super dope. And just that walk from the bus to the hotel room, I love it even though I haven't seen what it's all about.

What has the whole tour experience been like for you as an 18-year-old sardined on a bus and hopping from one city to the next - how are you navigating everything that tour life has to offer you?

I'm just keeping growth in my mind, most definitely. 100%. It's all about growth. From the first show, just looking at the crowd, and kind of going off of their energy and knowing what to say and how to be super personable, just asking them how their day was to seeing the change of their face when I asked that question was super special to me. I'm a really shy person, so I feel like touring will really help me get over that a lot, talking to all these people and meeting different people from different cities. It's really a growing process for me and I love it.

It's exciting because you may not know who you're going to come out as on the other side. And to top things off, you just announced that your debut album is on the way. American Teen. It's such a vague yet expansive title. How does the title of American Teen detail the narrative of the project?

American Teen is actually going to be the first song on the album. It's kind of one of the songs that I felt like writing it really changed the course of my life completely. Everyone that I played it for, they're like, "This is a really, really, really good song." And, being 18 and transitioning from a regular high-schooler to a recording artist was really tough for me but to see how excited everyone got off the song 'American Teen,' I was like, this is really what I have to name my project. Especially in a time, where I feel like a lot of Americans are unmotivated. We have a lot of new problems and situations occurring right now and I feel like naming it that is kind of a sense of hope, especially for my city of El Paso. It's almost like a lot of people want to disassociate a lot of our communities with America when in reality, we are America. We are the reason for America. Especially living in a border city that's right by Mexico, it was kind of upsetting to see how down everybody got by whatever happened. So, I really felt like naming it American Teen will bring a sense of hope to remind people, you know what, we have this, we got this. But at the same time, it's just a representation of who I am. I really feel like on an international scale, it will allow people to welcome the fact that they are who they are - whether they're a German teen, a Canadian teen, an African teen. It's all about the youth. The youth is really who has control over the world. We just don't really know it.

It's so true. And it's awesome that you do know it, because it's the type of power that you can do anything with. What has the process of putting together this body of work taught you about your place in the world of R&B in a year like this?

I feel like, me creating music was a very vulnerable state of mind that I had to put myself into. So every song that I've released is a hint of vulnerability. It's also allowing other people, especially young people to just accept the fact that we have emotions. I feel like there's so many people who just feel like, being emotionless is the new thing that's cool. But at the same time, without emotions, you don't have a voice. You can't really speak. If you're not speaking what's inside, then what are you really saying? What is your message to everybody? I feel like building a project off of all the things that I've ever felt in high school or graduating high school and putting that into a collective of all of my inspirations that I grew up off of and presenting that to the world, I really feel like it let's other people know that it's okay to be vulnerable. It's okay to be sad. it's okay to be happy. It's okay to accept yourself as an individual. I feel like the world has a real issue with acceptance and I feel like the album is going to be a really good way to present that. And how I learned to accept myself as an individual.

And in terms of production, how did you want to deliver that message? How did you want to convey that sonically?

Being a military child, I moved all over the place. I lived in New York for four years. I lived in Germany for six. I lived in El Paso for a year and a half. Being accustomed to and introduced to so many different genres, such as American folk music and soul music, pop, all of that, I really thought that what would be necessary to tell everyone who I am is to include my influences to all of the production so that someone could listen to it and be like, this is really what he grew up off of. This is who he is. I feel like if I needed to hide something about my influences, then it wouldn't have come across in the music. It was me just experimenting in myself to make the best possible first album that I could make. Even on the course of the album finishing, I'm learning new stuff about the way that I can create music. I'm learning new ways to sing the songs.

And throughout this creative process, we've seen that you keep a lot of talented friends around you. Just scrolling through your recent Instagram photos, you're with the likes of Jahkoy, Kehlani, SZA and 6Black. Are any of those talented friends on the project?

My project actually has no features on it.

And once you finish this North American leg of your tour, you're heading over to Europe. What are you looking forward to most?

I'm looking for a good time. Just going out and having fun. I grew up overseas, so I kind of want to get that sense of childlikeness that I had when I was a teen living in Germany. I want to feel that same feeling when I go over to the UK. I feel like a lot of fans are really going to help me with that throughout the performances. I'm super excited to just see all the different new cities that I haven't been to and see how they react to the way that I perform.

American Teen is set for delivery on March 3rd.