Kendall Patrick

Kendall Patrick

 Ladysmith, British Columbia, CAN
SoloFolkPop

Kendall Patrick is known throughout the British Columbia music scene for her powerfully intimate, unabashedly authentic and incredibly memorable recordings and performances. Her songs deal with issues that are often personal – sometimes painfully so – as well as broader issues that are socially significant and relevant.

Biography

“Oh it hurts so much to care / It hurts to let you go

Grieving in the open air / Need help to know I'm whole”

Breaking Ground (Kendall Patrick)

Kendall Patrick is a Vancouver Island-based singer/songwriter who utilizes her abundant musical gifts to inspire and enlighten all those who hear her songs. She is firm in the conviction that her melodic musings should challenge preconceived notions and conventional thinking. Patrick’s songs deal with issues that are often personal – sometimes painfully so – as well as broader issues that are socially significant and relevant.

Like many socially conscious, aspiring female artists, the powerful energy and searingly compelling writing of musician Ani DiFranco hit Patrick with thunderous resonance in her late teens.

Patrick explains, “Ani DiFranco showed me that I could be bold. She showed me how to convey the agony of love. She liberated me. She pointed out the monsters in suits and the poetry of gum on the bottom of my shoe. She took my hand and showed me the real world.”

 

Patrick’s creative energies have been used to expose the follies and fallacies of modern cultural norms, specifically the pressures of rigid conformity that bombard young people – especially girls and young women. Her early work, “The Girl Rant,” was a piece of beat poetry set to music and examined how the media and pop culture affect the lives of girls.

“And that subject is still a source of inspiration for me, because things haven’t changed in the world. The media still rigidly defines for people what beauty means. The sexual vulnerability of young teenagers is stripped away before they even have a chance to know what it was that they had,” she said.

Operation Empowerment took “The Girl Rant” to numerous high schools, bringing these issues into greater focus. The message was so powerful it caught the attention of the Oprah Winfrey Show and led to a performance at the Media Literacy Conference in Detroit. “The Girl Rant” was featured on Patrick’s first album “House of Ink” (2007).

Taking her spoken-word performance on the road in 2008 opened many doors, including the opportunity to work with world-renowned Shane Koyczan. Patrick toured and collaborated with Koyczan in 2009.  Energized by her experiences on the road, Patrick wrote and recorded her second album, “See it Coming” in 2011. After mastering the record with producer Rick Salt, Patrick was convinced to immediately record another album with him. The result was “The Other Side” (2012), featuring performances by music veterans Pat Steward and Doug Elliot. This album went on to critical success, college radio charting in Canada, and was nominated for a Vancouver Island Music Award (Songwriter of the Year).  In a bold move, Patrick toured “The Other Side” down the west coast of the USA. The resulting video blogs documented Patrick’s emergence from the safety of the island into the bigger world. The experience had a profound affect on Patrick and led to an explosion of creativity and songwriting.

Patrick teamed up with local artists to perform her songs under “Kendall Patrick and the Headless Bettys”. The band was invited to perform at Indie Week in Toronto,  landing her a publicist (Hype Music). This in turn led to a flurry of media activity including appearances on national television (CTV) and newspaper and magazine articles. From 2012-2016, Patrick continued to perform with the Headless Bettys.

Already known throughout the British Columbia music scene for her powerfully intimate, unabashedly authentic and incredibly memorable recordings and performances, Patrick decided she needed to push herself as a songwriter – to both dig deeper and move outside of her comfortable self-contained creative cocoon. She also decided to re-establish herself as a solo artist.

The result of this artistic ‘stretching’ exercise, one that saw her work with co-writers for the first time, is an album of uncompromising lyrical depth and growing musical sophistication. Fittingly, the release is entitled “Peaks and Valleys” (to be released March 3 2017), and is emblematic of the difficult but rewarding journey that Patrick’s new approach took her on. 

Lyrics

Peaks and Valleys

Written By: Kendall Patrick,Paul Cimolini

If you want, I could be the one you wanna spend your day with
Or not, cause if you wanna be alone then i'll be waiting
I won't stop, cause I'm always gonna find another reason
To love, even though the world is telling us to leave it

Ch: Wherever you go, I'll go
with you

Are you scared of forgetting how it felt when we were brand new?
Out there are a million pretty people to distract you
I don't care, cause even when I go and take it all for granted
I'm aware that be it peak or valley it don't matter where we're standing

CH
Bridge: When it's easy, when it's hard, when we're stumbling in the dark
Where you go, I will go, I'll go with you
When I feel it, when you don't, when you will and when I won't
Where you go, I will go, I'll go with you

Cannonball

Written By: Kendall Patrick

When you don't have time, when you fall behind
When your screws unwind, I will love you blind

When you miss your folks, when you burn my toast
When you make bad jokes, I will love you the most

Ch: Oh the night turns to day and the brightness fades to the black skies
Again and again
And throughout it all I continue to fall deeper and deeper into this sea
Like a cannonball

When your Italian slips, When I'm distracted by your bottom lip
When the Nicorette makes you sick, I will love you in all of it

And when you wanna be strong, When you've already waited for so long
When you wanna carry your friends along, I'll love you on and on and on and on

All Those Years

Written By: Kendall Patrick,Paul Cimolini

I heard you were sober, I heard you were alright
You know I never got over you and now it's got me up at night

Thinking, what if I called you? What would it be like?
Would you know it was me from the voice on the other end of the line?

Ch: Maybe we'll wake up, maybe we'll wake up one more time by the fire
Maybe we'll stay up late, talkin' bout all those years as cheaters and liars
We can't go back, I know
But maybe we'll wake up and discover eachother's arms still feel like home

Ten years flew by, and I had a baby
I even got married, but it didn't work out

And I was afraid, afraid that you'd hate me
But I'm ready to take my chances now and maybe

Ch
Bridge: Home is when I miss you most, sitting on the couch and dreaming of a life I could start
I see you there, even though it's been so long you have never left my heart

Breaking Ground

Written By: Kendall Patrick

Sing me all your songs, I need to know who you are
Bring me all your light, if only I could live in your heart

When I found you I changed
I rearranged the whole shebang

Ch: Oh it hurts so much to care, It hurts to let you go
Grieving in the open air, Need help to know I'm whole

Park bench it the city that I know, Transport me to San Francisco

When I found you I changed, I rearranged the whole shebang

Ch
Bridge: There's just something in the way that your voice sounds
I feel found
And I will follow it all the way down the coast
Breaking Ground

Don't wanna shut down in fear, let's do this thing real and sincere
Gotta feel it all to be free

You Remind Me of Falling Rain

Written By: Kendall Patrick

You remind me of falling rain, when I'm alone
I pretend I don't think about you, except when I'm alone
Cause I don't want to be taken seriously
No I don't want to be taken at all

I'd like to stay here in my little hole
Dim and warm and alone
Nobody nobody knock on my door and follow me
trying to make me move forward

Ch: You remind me of falling rain, when I'm alone

I keep pretending that I am a rock
And as soon as I finally softened up
She came along and you were on top of her
Rolling around on the floor
I forget what I came here for

Ch:

I'd like to go outside
It might make me happy it might make me cry
I think I'm in a little bit of a cage
I wanna move out, move on, and move away

Just Wait

Written By: Kendall Patrick

The people that know that you’re my baby
The people that were there when we first met
Could take a piece of my heart and see the scarring
cuz they’re the ones that understand why it’s like that

How we got to be here is a sad long story
with alotta tornado like bullshit
Ripping through hearts and devastating
natural disaster – but some wont’ agree it is

Ch: and the bloody relief is that you took me down
into a certain hell that burned up only the things that were weighing on my wings
and the bloody police they came and seized my crown
cuz I was ruling on the wrong country but you came along and sent me sailing to where I belong

Coming up to the calm after the storm
a little wet but we sure didn’t drown
I never learned so fast how to use my arms
thrashing around thrashing around

Ch:
(Bridge): wait just wait wait just wait babe
don’t give up
gotta find our way through the mess I made babe
wait just wait wait just wait babe
don’t give up
gotta find our way through the mess I made babe

I pray that you show me the way
I pray that you show me the way
and what do you know? We’re ok we’re ok
(Chorus)

Captured Lady

Written By: Kendall Patrick

Welcome to my skin, you've been invited in
To an afternoon of rub up against me
I feel your fingertips, they're feeling delicate
Let's move like we've got half of a century

Ch: Come into my house, I'll show you what it's made of
Listen to the mahogany burning
Come into my house, I'll show you what you've made of me
a captured lady

Beside the crystal lake, there is a misty forest
You can catch glimpses of mysterious ladies
In dresses disappear, and they say every year
One of them dies or falls prey

The Other Side

Written By: Kendall Patrick

Put it down Put it down Put it down Put it down
No I can’t Sorry about that I gotta hold on
When did it When did it When did it come down to this?
I couldn’t say I really couldn’t say I think I think I was born with it

When it's all done in the dark, I can't be sure if it's real or not
A part of me really believes that it's possible i haven't got
a clue what you're talking about
I live a life I live a live a life I live a life with my mouth Shut

Ch: I Will ask forgiveness, I will, On the other side
I Will ask forgiveness, I will, On the other side
I Will ask forgiveness, I will I will I will

A String of nights in the summer time I can feel this fire boy dying beside me
Blazing bright, and I am right there Singing singing singing thinking this might be
The best time, the best time of my life/ Painting poison on my body to lift me up
cuz i've been living in the dirt/ I've been living with my head in the dirt and i can't get up

Ch

Da da dum...

Well The trees/ Well The essence of trees are wondering why aren't you listening to me?
and There I am There I there I am at the mercy of my disease
Ya The trees/ Ya The essence of the trees are wondering why aren't you listening to me?
it's cuz I live a life I live a live a life I live a life on my knees

Ch

da da dum...

When you feel like your story's weighing on your shoulder
I will grant forgiveness I will, I will, I will

I understand that your will isn't in your hands

Be With You

Written By: Kendall Patrick

Here I lay my head beside you
night after emotionally distant night
I'm waiting, not so patiently but I'm still here
What does that say?

Ch: I wanna be with you so bad
and I don't know how to do this well but i do it
cause I wanna be with you

Sometimes I feel you come back to me
Come back to right exactly where we used to be
Then in a flash you vanish behind your stone cold pain
And I wait for you again cause

Ch:
Bridge: How do you deal with the way that you feel when you know if it doesn't stop
What you're trying to protect'll be ironically wrecked
Yeah you'll lose everything you've got

Stars and City Lights

Written By: Kendall Patrick

Imitating sunlight when it hides the stars don’t cut it after five five five
five seconds at the most to find a light switch in my house house house
housing all of this progression from fire to electricity T T
teeming with human created stuff to copy what exists with or without us

Piled on top of what simply is is a lot of meaninglessness ness ness
necessary process of information to keep our brains in healthy form form form forming quite a lot of clutter but a million words can’t erase the answer sir sir certain parallels with hearts and stars the kinds of things that just simply are are are are you thinking too much so much love you forget where it’s all coming from

How could I have ever been so blind
I don’t wanna lose this sense tonight

Ch: Feed me power outage feed me I wanna see the stars tonight
feed me silence please feed me I wanna hear my heart tonight
I wanna hear my heart tonight

Imitating sunlight when it hides the stars don’t cut it after five five five
five seconds at the most to find a light switch in my house house house
housing all of this progression from fire to electricity T T
teeming with human created stuff to copy what exists with or without us

How could I have ever been so blind
I don’t wanna lose this sense tonight

Suffering House

Written By: Kendall Patrick

More than once in a while I find myself get paranoid as hell
No trust, trust out the window, trust like I never did know
And it ain’t you, no it ain’t new
The Suffering House must burn down

I get this hot fucked up feeling that you’re leaving
and I’ve believing the deceiving fantasy I have in my mind
In this evil little mind / Gets me every single time
No matter how persistent your convincing, I’m not listening, lost to this thing, lost
The Suffering House must burn down

Ch: My head is filled with all this doubt
Can you relieve me? Can you release me from my fears?
Before I turn this inside out
Can you unteach me? Come on, unteach me all those years

Every time that I turn around from the Spirit of the earth that I know I’ve once found
It all goes black really fast
And I wonder will I be saved? It could be only five minutes till I find my grave
There’s a search party that’s looking for it with a vengeance
The Suffering House must burn down

Ch
(Bridge): Have some faith that I will not leave you

Second Line

Written By: Kendall Patrick

Shit’s really hittin the fan these days
and can we even see it coming or is it just falling on our plates?
I see no reason to get bent out of shape
It’s gotta be happening for a reason or I would not be here

Not sure who’s coming or going anymore
Are you really gonna throw it away and walk out the door
I thought you were serious about this side of the line
Guess everybody’s gotta go and get fucked up sometimes
Guess everybody’s gotta go and get fucked up to find themselves

Ch: I don’t wanna lose my place in line
I’ve worked so hard to get here
Why would I, Why would I throw it all away for a second time
You sure can’t save your ass and your face and at the same at the same time

Standing around smoking cigarettes in the freezing fucking cold
Taking our lives for granted like we can’t wait
for death to get us when we’re old and
Tryna make sense out of these people just falling off the earth
Are you gonna come and get us now or will you wait till we are worthy?

Ch

Certainly Trying

Written By: Kendall Patrick

Sweet malfunction got me again
Something ain’t wired right in my head
Quick super spiral into the ground
It’s taking me apart and spinning me around

It’s hard to see clearly
When I’m all disoriented and dizzy
My mind is playing tricks on me challenging my ability
To decipher reality gotta throw out these worn out beliefs

Ch: Maybe I’m no better than the girl I was back then
But who’s to say I won’t make it I’m certainly trying my best

Pretty soon everything will belong to you
I am humbly giving this business of misinterpretation up to you
Whenever I believe in my own head I end up on the floor
And I don’t wanna be there anymore no no no

Ch:
(Bridge): I set myself up for this trouble / carried terrible beliefs
now I gotta deal with all this rubble
and build myself a new way to deal with me

(Chorus)

Big Stars

Written By: Kendall Patrick

In the summer time, in the summer time
we were in love, burning the days up, yeah
Sharing beds and floors, sharing beds and floors
Coronas in the fridge, smokes in the package, yeah
But better glue than that, but better glue than that
we had our guitars under the big stars and we were in love

Ch: Don’t go out of sight. I’d really miss you so stay
Don’t go out of sight. The summer’s slipping away
The summer’s slipping away

So you came last night, so you came last night
to celebrate me being away, being away for a whole year
Guess I got your blessing

And I’m so glad to have it, so grateful to have it
gonna carry it, carry it with me in my soul
when I’m out on the road missing home
But better glue than that, but better glue than that
we had our guitars under the big stars and we were in love

Ch:

Discography

Peaks and Valleys (2016)
The Other Side (2012)
See It Coming (2011)
House of Ink (2007)

Set List

Peaks and Valleys
Of Money and Cars
You Remind Me of Rain
Cannonball
First Day of My Life/Bowl of Oranges (Bright Eyes Covers)
The Other Side
Be With You
Mop and Broom

Set Me Free
Faith In Me
The Road
Make It Stop
You and I / Cassidy/ Sydney (Brett Dennen Covers)
Still
On My Way There
Of Money and Cars