Kendra Foster
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Kendra Foster

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo R&B Funk




""The Rhythm In Everything" by Burkhard Bilger"

Pg. 65 "With Kendra Foster wailing harmonies beside him, D'Angelo seemed to take courage in the sound of his own voice"
Pg. 59 "While they shouted out greetings and gave each other hugs, Kendra Foster, who used to sing with Parliament-Funkadelic, glided into the room trailing a comet's tail of reddish-blond curls."
- New Yorker Magazine, Nov.12, 2012

""Joy to The World: Bob Thompson, Kendra Foster get into Christmas funk""

Bob Thompson says that it isn't easy coming up with something new every year for his special, "Joy To The World" holiday show. But after 14 years, there is a sort of method to the madness. He has kind of a ritual that helps keep the show fresh. "Well, usually, I sort of lock myself up over the Thanksgiving holidays", he says, "I work on the arrangements. The real trick is finding the material we haven't done." Thompson goes through catalogs and old records to find new things for "Joy To The World", carefully mixing the old and familiar with the contemporary. "We have some traditional favorites and some more modern songs," he says, "We're doing a Stevie Wonder Christmas tune, for instance." The overalll theme of the show also changes with the guest singers brought in. Each brings a particular musical experience to the stage. Previous guests have included jazz singers, Dominique Eade, Susan Warner, and Allan Harris, as well as R&B legend Fontella Bass. "This year, we have Kendra coming in from Florida to sing for us," Thompson says. Kendra Foster isn't exactly known for singing Christmas carols. "Kendra sings with George Clinton," Thompson says. "So this year, some of the arrangements will be a little more on the funk side." Beyond Foster's vocal talents, Thompson says that this year's show will spotlight different aspects of the band. "We're looking at duets and trio pieces," he says, "Just breaking the band down in different configurations." And, while new sounds keep the audience guessing, this year all the usual suspects are back. Last year bassist John Ingram fell during rehearsals and was hospitalized on the eve of the performance. A fill-in was quickly called in and the show went on without a hitch, but Thompson says that they've made it clear that Ingram doesn't get to sit this one out. "Yeah, we've given him a little bit of a hard time about that," Thompson admits. "But he's back this year, along with everybody else. Really this is a show we all look forward to doing every year." - The Charleston Gazzette

""Singer's Set a Hit at WVU-P gala""

"Singer's set a hit at WVU-P gala"

"Singer Kendra Foster (her professional name is just Kendra) was a hit at the West Virginia University-Parkersburg President's Gala last Saturday evening at the Parkersburg Art Center. The talented performer is the daughter of WVU-P's President Marie Foster Gnage. Kendra, who lives in Tallahassee, Fla., feels at home singing many genres of music, including jazz, gospel, blues, rock, funk, R&B and easy-listenning favorites like the ones she so expertly sang Saturday, "In a Sentimental Mood" and "Summertime". For the past five years, Kendra has sung with funk musician George Clinton, who has been a popular musician/producer since the 1970s. Clinton, lead vocalist Kendra and other members of P-Funk appeared on the "Jay Leno Show" and the "Carson Daly Show" last November around the time of Clinton's first album release in 10 years. Kendra has her own double-disc album--a fusion of jazz, blues, and rock-- coming out next month and is looking forward to singing on a Christmas show in Charleston with piano-playing Bob Thompson." - Michael J. Christman, Parkersburg Sentinel

""Orchesis dances through past with eye on future""

When professional singer Kendra Foster was a student at Lincoln High School in the mid-90's, her class took a trip to to see FAMU's Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre in concert. "I came to the Orchesis performance, and my breath was taken away, I was knocked out", Foster, 30, said. "I decided right then that I was going to go to FAMU because I wanted to be part of Orchesis."
Foster made good on her promise and danced with Orchesis during her school days at FAMU in the late '90's. After graduation, she landed a job singing and touring the world with George Clinton's famed Parliament/P-Funk All-Stars. She leaves for a P-Funk tour of Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore later this winter.
This weekend, though, Foster returns to her alma mater and former dance troupe to sing the centerpiece song for a concert called "Sankofa". Foster belts the original song a cappella as she slowly strolls across the stage with nothing more than a microphone. The lyrics go: "You must know where you came from to know where you're going... We must not ignore the sound of our ancestor's singing."
"Sankofa means reaching back or looking forward," Orchesis artistic director Gaynell Sherrod said during a rehearsal Wednesday night.
"I approached Kendra with the idea (of writing the song) and discussed it with her. She went away and came back with this wonderful song. People are going to love it."
"I feel this incredible magic and energy when I come here," Foster said. "It makes me want to dance again."
While Foster may not be trying out any tricky dance moves as a guest artist......" - Tallahassee Democrat


The Sun Shines Again Sunshine Anderson
Writer: A Warning For The Heart

Record Collection Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. album Writer: Glass Mountain Trust featuring D'Angelo

George Clinton and his Gangters of Love George Clinton album
Writer/Performer: Stillness In Motion
Performer: Our Day Will Come, Fever

"How Late Do U Have 2BB4UR Absent?", George Clinton and the PFunk Allstars album
Writer/Performer: "U Can Depend On Me", "Trust In Yourself",
Performer: "Bounce 2 This", "Saddest Day", "Su, Su, Su"

"Myriadmorphonicbiocorpomelodicrealityshapeshifter", Kendra Foster debut
Writer: "This World", "Mrs. Marley", "Possession Free Philoshophy", "Happenstance", "Crush (A Heart Trip)", "Glass Cage"

"Triggers", SubSwara album
Writer and Performer: "Nectar"

"Step To Reality" Single Produced by Serge Negri
Writer and Performer

"Fingerpainting" EP Produced by Vanilla Funk's Gordon Cox
Writer and Performer: "Carpet Ride", "Sweet Addiction", "Fingerpainting"

"Monster Peace", Danny Bedrosian and Secret Army album
Writer: "Makes Me Believe"

"Children of Production", Children of Production album
Writer:"Getting Paid", "Blazin", "Get It Back", "Steppin on da Scene", "Roll Up", "No Secret", "Grudge", "What's Poppin"

Featured on George Clinton And Parliament Funkadelic Live At Montreaux 2004 DVD



Kendra Foster was born in Tallahassee, FL where she decided to attend college at Florida A&M University. Like many, she started singing in church during her adolescence, but her career began while at F. A. M. U.
While still a freshman at F. A. M. U., Kendra met Whitney Russell, trumpet/keys player, after "sittin' in" with his jazz combo at a local coffeehouse. Kendra had already developed an interest in jazz in high-school, learning jazz standards and studying Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Nancy Wilson, and Ella Fitzgerald. After hearing Kendra sing, Whitney immediately made her his protg. He simultaneously introduced her to his cohort, Michael Patterson, primarily an amazing funk musician. Mike P (as he is better known) invited Kendra to join his band, Smoke, performing their originals and Parliament/Funkadelic covers (Mike being a P-Funk fanatic). Also, with an 11-year background in ballet, Kendra had already began her schooling becoming a member of Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre at F.A.M.U. and took part in the Urban Bush Women Institute learning and performing mostly African diasporic dances and modern technique. Subsequent to Smoke, mentor, Whitney Russell, formed the fusion-styled group, Fish -N- Grits, and made Kendra the lead vocalist.
As Fish -N- Grits gained more local acclaim and Smoke began their hiatus, Kendra decided to change her major from Math/Chemistry to Jazz Studies/Commercial Music and joined F.A.M.U. 's Jazz Big Band. Meanwhile, Mike P discovered that George Clinton, mastermind behind Parliament/Funkadelic, established a studio in Tallahassee, FL and acquired an engineering job there.
Though they gained much local notoriety, Fish -N- Grits disbanded. Meanwhile, Mike P was working more regularly at George Clinton's studio, and decided to bring Kendra into the fold. Kendra began recording at the studio minimally, making herself available for any possibility of music making--often between classes and work, wading through homework while waiting on an opportunity to grace the mic. In parallel motion, she met outstanding musicians in the music department at school, such as Luna and Robin Rouge of Lotus Love, Saunders Sermons, John Toney, Rashada Dawan, Jeremy Mills, Corey Irvin, George Walton and Marquez Adams (R.I.P.) and formed a band named Concept. With numerous gigs and a flood of school work, Kendra was still creating music in George Clinton's studio every chance given.
After 1-2 years, the substantial amount of material Kendra recorded finally caught Clinton's attention, and he signed her to a production deal and asked her to join Parliament/Funkadelic on the road. Leaving school and Tallahassee behind, she continued the creation of her album, "Myriadmorphonicbiocorpomelodicrealityshapeshifter", and joined the legacy of Parliament/Funkadelic.
On the road, she befriended and began to work very closely with Sativa (Shonda Clinton) and they created Children of Production along with the other younger members of PFunk--Danny Bedrosian, Rico Lewis, New Jeruz (Jason Drennan), Steve Boyd, Young Heff (Stephen Boyd, Jr), Citrus (Chris Sauthoff) also often featuring the legendary Garry Shider and Blackbyrd McKnight. Longing for the fulfillment of her initial goal to present her own musical creations and visions to the world, Kendra began to refocus on her solo career and joined forces with all her favorite producer friends: Kelvin Wooten, Keinan Roland (Rastafunk), and Mike P. She has been collaborating with them and many other great musicians/producers, creating a collection of at least 50 songs, planning for the right time to share them with the world. Her style encompasses her many varied influences ranging from Belita Woods of Brainstorm, Sarah Vaughn, & Chaka Khan to Bjork and Sade. But to attempt to name a few more: Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington, Donny Hathaway, Prince, Freddie Hubbard, John Coltrane, Parliament/Funkadelic, Judy Garland, Wayne Shorter, Brides of Funkenstein, Erykah Badu, Joi, Anita Baker, Parlet, Stevie Wonder,D'Angelo, Isley Brothers, Meshell N'Degeocello, Bjork, Chaka Khan, Lee Morgan, Mary J Blige, Lauryn Hill, Herbie Hancock, Edwin Hawkins, Marvin Gaye, Jill Scott, Betty Carter, De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Staples Singers, Roots, Shirley Murdock... and more 
Her integrated sound (though she has several musical personalities) is a soul based fusion adding everything she can throw in the pot: jazz, funk, hip hop, rock, classical, world, electronica, gospel, etc. She also co-writes for other artists. She wrote for "A Warning For The Heart" on Sunshine Anderson's "The Sun Shines Again", "Glass Mountain Trust" on Mark Ronson's "Record Collection", "U Can Depend On Me", "Trust In Yourself", on PFunk Allstars' "How Late Do U Have 2BB4UR Absent", and "Stillness In Motion" on George Clinton's "Gangsters of Love", "Nectar" on SubSwara's album "Triggers", "Step

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