Kendrah E. Butler has lived and breathed music ever since she could remember. She studied at Settlement Music School in Germantown, PA for 11 years with classical world renowned pianist Charles Pettaway. Kendrah studied jazz piano at the Mount Airy Cultural Center under the direction of saxophonist Anthony “Tony” Williams. At Mount Airy, she would intensely study jazz piano with greats such as Don Wilson, Kenny Gates, and for 5 years with the late great jazz pianist Eddie Green through a Roam and Haas Scholarship at Settlement Music School. Through her experiences in classical and jazz, Kendrah would premier on TV’s CN8 with the group, “The Best Yet Jazz Quintet”, cut a demo CD with Gamble and Huff records, perform around the tri-state area, and work with the late Grover Washington all before the age of 17. Kendrah also studied classical violin and wrote and conducted a full orchestration piece for her high school’s orchestra.
Upon completion of high school, Kendrah went on to Temple University and obtained a dual Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Spanish. After graduation, worked in the research world, taught piano, violin, and composition while continuing to perform regularly. In 2009, Kendrah recorded a CD at Milkboy Studio of original compositions and premiered it through a 2 night concert at the Philadelphia Clef Club. Kendrah is also a notable musical director having directed multiple Jazz and R&B groups including but not limited to: nVizion, an all-female jazz group, the Kendrah Butler Trio, the Satin Dolls at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Arts, and is currently the musical director for the Diva Nation series funded through the Philadelphia Jazz Project. The Kendrah Butler Trio and ladies from Diva Nation were featured acts on Philly Cam, a television show that premiered on Comcast and OnDemand this year (2015). Kendrah has been a featured artist on WRTI's radio whose music is on recurrent rotation on both Jeff Duperon and J. Michael Harrison's shows.