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Kendra Ross

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Kendra Ross is an African-American singer, songwriter, performer, intellectual and social activist from Pittsburgh, PA (though born in Youngstown, OH) who now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She got her start singing in church and performing with the Civic Light Opera Mini Stars of Pittsburgh. After many years of working in Musical Theater, Kendra went on to work as a vocalist with celebrated artists such as Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Omar (British Soul Singer), Faith Evans, Rita Coolidge and many more. She has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show and BET’s 106 and Park and has been featured in O Magazine.

Ross’ debut album titled New Voice was released in June 2007. The album was co-produced with longtime collaborator/music director Christian Ver Halen and features appearances by Talib Kweli, Eric Roberson and more. Many touring and session musicians are also featured on the album, including Teodross Avery (Amy Winehouse), Maurice Brown (Wynton Marsalis), Lonnie Plaxico (Cassandra Wilson), Chris Rob (John Legend), Daniel Sadownick (Matisyahu), and Skoota Warner (Santana). The album has been well received in the U.S. and Japan where it was released by P-Vine Records in December 2007. It is said to be pending release in Europe as of January 2008.

In November 2007, Kendra was announced as the Best New Artist of the Year by Soultracks.com.

Hip hop recording artist Talib Kweli wrote in the liner notes of his album Quality (on which she wrote and performed): “Kendra’s talented, beautiful, and one of a kind.”

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  • songorocosongo

    new song from Kendra Ross: This is for Troy Davis, his family, and others whose lives have been impacted by the NEW Jim Crow. This is not to take away from the memory of Officer McPhail (God bless his soul) or his family who loves him. Bottom line: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 11:08PM, we witnessed a major failure of justice. Troy was somebody's son, somebody's brother, somebody's friend, and a child of God. With so much doubt, I don't understand how the state of Georgia, the DA, the Supreme Court, and so many saw fit to take his life. I am not sure exactly what words or actions are needed to make sure we don't see these types of injustices happen again and again and again and again. But this is where I will start. I hope you can receive this in the spirit in which it was given...out of love. Thank you Billie for this heart-wrenching work of art... http://soundcloud.com/lolaschildmusic/strange-fruit-for-troy-davis

    28 Sep 2011 Reply
  • jeffreeh

    I'm So Okay <3

    9 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Nika17

    “Kendra’s talented, beautiful, and one of a kind.” -> certaintly

    20 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Nika17

    you made the difference -> beautiful <3

    20 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Nika17

    wow ... impressed

    20 Sep 2008 Reply

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