OKP Exclusive: Kendra Foster Talks Life, Songwriting + Premieres 'Sweeta'
Tallahassee, Florida born-and-bred singer-singer, Kendra Foster, has had a storied career in music. Fueled by creativity, hard work, dedication and being at the right place at the right time, Kendra has carved out a nice lane for herself in addition to being one of the major pens behind D’Angelo and The Vanguards‘ Black Messiah album in 2014-2015. Her work on that project earned her two Grammy Awards, which would make a lesser person rest on his or her laurels. Thankfully, being lackluster or lazy is not in Kendra Foster’s DNA.
The Florida A&M University alumna studied jazz and commercial music and would later go on to become a member of the Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre. Her talent might have gotten her in the door, but it was her tenaciousness that helped to blow the sucka right off its hinges. As Kendra progressed in her career, she would perform in the rock-funk band, Smoke, and later become the lead singer in the group, Fish-N-Grits. All the while, she was balancing studying and maintaining relationships as Kendra Foster was also a dedicated studio + session worker. Her time in the lab caught the attention of the world’s only doctor of funk, George Clinton, who has a recording studio in Tallahassee.
Fast-forward to 2016, and the award-winning, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter has announced her new self-titled solo album, which is slated for release this month via EarKandy Music. As you already know, we’ve chronicled her lead single, “Promise to Stay Here,” which dripped with all the funky-goodness of an Atlanta, peach-and-sugar-cane-filled afternoon. And now, it is our pleasure to sit-down with the popular Floridian to talk about her latest project, her rich personal experiences and premiere the next single from her album, entitled, “Sweeta”. Show your love to this blessed hitmaker and enjoy the sounds at your own discretion!
Okayplayer: What was your first reaction when Black Messiah won a Grammy? What were some changes that happened in your life since becoming Grammy Award-winning Ms. Kendra Foster?