Born: December 4 Primary Instrument: Vocal
Kendra Ross is a truly gifted singer and performer. With her beautifully smooth voice and impressive songwriting talent, she is an artist in high demand. In her short career she has already worked with celebrated artists such as Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Omar, Faith Evans, and many more. She has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show and BET’s 106th and Park and has been featured in O magazine.
Kendra celebrated the release of her debut album titled New Voice in June 2007. The long-awaited project, co-produced with longtime collaborator/music director Christian Ver Halen, is comprised of all original compositions. Many of the best touring and session musicians on the music scene today are featured on the album, including Teodross Avery (Amy Winehouse), Maurice Brown (Ramsey Lewis),Lonnie Plaxico (Cassandra Wilson), Chris Rob (John Legend), Daniel Sadownick (Matisyahu), and Skoota Warner (Santana).
Critically-acclaimed hip hop recording artist Talib Kweli wrote of the talented singer/songwriter in the liner notes of his Gold-selling album Quality (on which she wrote and performed): “Kendra’s talented, beautiful, and one of a kind.” Time Out New York has hailed Kendra as “an underground soul singer with a mellifluously fluid voice” and BBC’s Radio 1Xtra declared her to be “...the divine Kendra Ross.”
Fully aware of the iconic legacy associated with her last name by a triple threat performer whom she has admired since childhood, Kendra is set to garner her own respect and attention. Get ready to be introduced to the new Ms. Ross.
By Christopher Whaley, SoulTracks.com