Hailing from deepest Brooklyn, 23-year-old singer, rapper, songwriter and musician Kendra Granville exhibits a distinct voice and a soulful vibe on her self-written material. This multi-talented R&B/hip-hop artist is available for record and management deals.
Kendra wasted no time in pursuing her musical talents when at the age of 3 she started singing with her father, a local Reggae musician. Whether rehearsing for an up-and-coming show or just entertaining family and friends, Kendra’s father always kept his young protégé by his side. To this day, Kendra’s father continues to be a major musical influence in her life, although he has been joined by the likes of Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and Jay Z.
In keeping with her youthful eagerness, Kendra wrote and recorded her first song, ‘What’s Going On’, when only 8. She then went on to refine her skills by singing in school plays, concerts, with her church choir, and at large and small local events with her father’s band. However, it was a music video class in Junior High School that really inspired Kendra’s passion to become a recording artist - once she got the feel of being in front of the camera, entertaining her peers, she never looked back.
At Bushwick High School, Kendra became one of the most popular names on campus. Besides being well known for stealing the show when performing her original songs on stage, she also regularly got involved in other aspects of campus entertainment, from organising and hosting various shows, to choreographing routines for dance competitions.
During her senior year, Kendra joined an R&B/hip-hop group called 718. As lead singer, she performed at many local venues in the New York area, including the Nuyourican Café, Club Iguana, Café Wha, Bowery Poetry Club, Platinum Lounge, Soul Café and Brooklyn College. The band was always well received, with shows frequently ending with the crowd going crazy.
When she graduated from high school, Kendra was presented with a ‘Performing Arts’ award. This was the first time a student at her school had ever received this award. In fact, the award was created especially for her!
Now in college, this diva is taking her singing and writing even more seriously. When she’s not in the lecture hall, she invariably be in the studio, writing and recording songs. She’s promoting these new cuts – which can be heard on her debut CD ‘Patience Of A Woman’ - at regular concerts, music showcases and open mic sessions in Manhattan, Long Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania nightclubs.
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