Biography

Jeannie Kendall was born November 13, 1954 in St. Louis, MO to parents Royce and Melba Kendall. At the time of Jeannie’s birth, the family owned a combination beauty shop/ barbershop. But prior to his daughter Jeannie’s birth, her father Royce, had experienced the sweet flavor of applause, and never completely lost the taste for it. He had performed with his brother Floyce as the Austin Brothers, achieving some success. Entertaining was a part of who Royce was, yet he set that part of himself aside to provide a stable income for his family.
As a child, Jeannie’s vocal ability was constantly being acknowledged by teachers in her schools. They brought what they thought was ‘news’ to her parents. Time and time again Jeannie’s parents reply would be a polite, “Yes, we know that she can sing.” What her parents didn’t express was their concern. They also knew the heartbreak and rejection that a life in the music business could bring to their talented little girl. All the while, Royce Kendall listened carefully to his daughter, knowing the inevitable in his heart; she was destined to sing.

Kendall cautiously encouraged his daughter to develop her voice. He, the proud father, would sing the harmony parts behind Jeannie’s crystal clear - pitch perfect voice. They not only created a unique duo, ‘father - daughter;’ but also a distinctive sound.

Not being one to jump into anything without due consideration, Royce Kendall, approached a friend who had connections in Nashville, TN. He asked him the question that thousands of hopeful performers ask: “Do you think we’re good enough to make it?” The response was yes; and at age 16, Jeannie Kendall found herself at her father’s side, pursuing a musical career.

Edited by AdyRuicanescu on 9 Jun 2008, 13:05

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