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Kendra Foster Turns Up the Funk!
Born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, Kendra Foster has been studying, performing and melding music with unstoppable passion. Her style defies classification but contains elements of R&B, jazz, funk, rock, gospel, hip-hop, classical and electronica. Having performed with many bands during collegiate life including Fish-N-Grits, RastaFunk, and Smoke, a band that specialized in covering the work of Parliament/Funkadelic, Kendra came full circle when funk mastermind George Clinton invited her to sign a production deal and tour with P-Funk. As a firm believer of staying ready vs. getting ready, she studied jazz and commercial music at Florida A&M University before her stint with Parliament/Funkadelic. Her influences include Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Nancy Wilson, Billy Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Belita Woods, Brides of Funkenstein, Chaka Khan, Sade, Kim Burrell, Mavis Staples, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Parliament/Funkadelic, D’Angelo, Bjork, Donny Hathaway, Bob Marley, Mary J Blige, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and Meshell N’degeocello.
Always effortlessly eclectic, Kendra’s star is rising quite rapidly these days and for good reason. You know that new D’Angelo masterpiece we’ve all been swoooooning over, Black Messiah? Ms. Foster was a co-writer on eight of the twelve tracks on this record. Can you say major?! She’s currently preparing to tour with D’Angelo as he performs material from his first studio album in 15 years. If you weren’t able to snag tickets for this sold-out tour, don’t fret. Described as “the inescapable voice on Black Messiah” by New Yorker Magazine, Kendra will be doing her thing this weekend on Saturday Night Live so mark your calendars and set your DVRs!
To learn more about Kendra Foster visit www.kendrafoster.net.