N'Kenge

N'Kenge

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“N’Kenge is an amazing talent that needs to be heard.” said by Burt Bacharach. This young upcoming star, is noted both for her vocal range, versatility and stage presence. N'Kenge has been compared to Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. An extraordinary talent you just don't want to miss!

Biography

She’s Only Just Begun…N’Kenge’s interest in music began at the tender age of three when her mother enrolled her in dance and piano classes channel her daughter’s energy. This decision paid off with recitals and a piano scholarship by age six. When N’Kenge discovered that she possessed a powerful singing voice, this startlingly mature youngster devoted herself to its full time development. Her supportive mother taught her many popular songs, including the entire Whitney Houston catalogue of classic ballads. She fondly recalls attending her great grandmother’s church in the South, whose influence she credits for her ability to sing gospel by being immersed in the power and joy of amazing Southern church choirs.

While still in her teens, Motown offered N’Kenge a recording contract and encouraged her to move to California. Her mother, a strong believer in the power of education, decided that her daughter’s future would be best served in school, at home in New York. N’Kenge continued her studies at the High School of Performing Arts, Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, winning many kudos for her voice.

Range and repertoire… N’Kenge’s repertoire is as vast as her talent. She excels in the classics from Handel’s Messiah to Puccini’s La Boheme. She has also mastered American classics as George Gershwin, Aaron Copeland, Cab Calloway and Ray Charles, as well as Broadway’s best in Aida, West Side Story, and Porgy and Bess. Her musical influences include Kathleen Battle, Maria Callas, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin. N’Kenge’s personal style is a fusion of pop, R&B and Rock. She has been compared to Whitney Houston, Billie Holiday and Beyonce. Known for her versatility, she has mastered opera, Broadway, jazz, blues, soul, R&B, spirituals, and gospel. And she sings in 11 languages.

Honors and Accolades…N’Kenge has received numerous awards in recognition of her talent. Among them include being a two-time winner of the New York Artists Vocal Competition 2006 & 2007, ASCAP Lieber & Stoller Award, Lena Horne Vocal Competition and Leontyne Price Vocal Competition. In addition, she has been nominated for the 2007 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (3 Mo’ Divas), Lead Actress in Elton John’s musical Aida, and Best New Artist by Talent in Motion magazine.

All the World’s a Stage…The world has become N’Kenge’s stage as she has grown into an international phenomenon. She has performed for President Clinton at the White House and a worldwide NPR broadcast from the Library of Congress to the Theatre Royal Haymarket on London’s West End, with stops in the Czech Republic, Germany, Israel and Spain. Back in the States, N’Kenge has performed from sea to shining sea including featured soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. But there’s no place like home for N’Kenge, She has graced the stage at New York’s most famous venues, including Lincoln Center and Alice Tully Hall.

Ready for CenterStage…2007 promises to be even busier for N’Kenge, with upcoming concert performances with the Baltimore Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony, starring in the musical revue Ain’t Misbehavin’, upcoming concert dates for her newly-created one-woman show Last Diva Standing!, a feature article entitled “Opera Divas” in the spring issue of Uptown magazine. She is poised for super stardom with the debut of her new R&B/pop album, produced by Preston Glass and Tony Sheppard, with songwriters Michael Masser, Narada Michael Walden, Carole Bayer Sager, Lora Kvint, celebrated Russian composer, and featuring appearances by Ray Parker, Jr., Ray J and Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint.

Lyrics

Rock the House

Written By: Narada Michael Walden, Preston Glass, Jim Reitzel


VERSE 1

Turn it loose, gonna make the switch oh yeah
Time to make my move
Gimmie the juice, got my party itch oh yeah
And here’s just what I’m gonna do
Gonna leave the drama behind
Gonna block it out of my mind
Now whatcha gonna do baby
Gotta turn it way up on high
Gotta burn it out of my mind
Ooo like I want it to come on come on

CHORUS

Say we gotta get up
Lets rock the house
Say we gotta get up
Lets keep the music playing
So we gotta get up
Lets rock the house
Say we gotta get up
For my emotional stability

VERSE 2

Working too hard
Going nowhere fast oh yeah
I had enough for one day
Need my battery charged
If I’m gonna last oh yeah
I’m clockin out its time to play
Gonna leave the drama behind
Gonna block it out of my mind
Now whatcha gonna do baby
Gotta turn it way up on high
Gotta burn it out of my mind
Ooo like I want it to come on come on

BRIDGE
Get what you need
Get what you want
Get what you like
And if you really want it
You can rock it all night

Lets bounce REPEAT
Turn it lose
Make a move
Gimmie the juice the juice

CHORUS
Say we gotta get up
Lets rock the house
Say we gotta get up
Lets keep the music playing
So we gotta get up
Lets rock the house
Say we gotta get up
For my emotional stability

Goosebump Moment

Written By: Oprah Winfrey, N'Kenge, Preston Glass, Alan Glass, Versatile

Nunca me han agarado
Pero muchos han gratado

Suddenly it was hoping and a popping

Yo a visto a qui
Yo a visto a ya

Verse 1
I traveled the world
I’ve been here I’ve been there
Seen a lot
(ja ich liebe das leden)
Ain’t never been phased
Though a thousand have tried to get me got
(pourquoi? Je ne sais pas)
Que sera, c’est la vie, mon amie
That was my motto my style….Lala
Suddenly it was hoping and a popping
I was entranced by your style…just like that
You drove me wild

Chorus
You give me goosebumps goosebumps
From the first moment yes
Right from the jump
You’re taking my breath away
You give me goosebumps goosebumps
From the first moment yes
Make my heart pump
You blow me away

Verse 2
Been centerstaged
Cast in love scenes globally
With the Best
(con todos los hombres bellos)
Art imitates life
But till now I have not been impressed
(Tu e centro vieti mele simi)
Que sera, c’est la vie, mom amie
That was my MO, my vibe…lala
Suddenly it was hoping and a popping
There were no words to describe…solo asi
You sent chills up my spine

CHORUS

Everything To Me

Written By: Philippe Quint, N'Kenge


Verse 1
Rainbow in the sky, I look at you
Shining stars at night, I sing to you
And when I am all alone
There’s no place like home
My Love, you are my heart and soul.

Chorus
And I will pray for every breath you take
And I will pray each night through every storm you brave
And I will pray for you to come home safe
For every dream that we believe
Only love can set us free
My love, you mean everything to me

Verse 2
Wishing every night, you’d come home soon
Magic spirits rise, I’m missing you
Though the wind may steal my heart
We shall never be apart
My heart belongs to you forever

Chorus
And I will pray for every breath you take
And I will pray each night through every storm you brave
And I will pray for you to come home safe
For every dream that we believe
Only love can set us free
My love, you mean everything to me

Discography

"Centerstage"-official release Fall 2007
"N'Kenge"Cafe Ingenue Disques 2006
"Red Souvenir" LBTV Music/WEA 2000

Set List

N'Kenge's vocal range covers her original songs along with many top 40's hits. Ranging from Crazy in Love to Somewhere. You name it, she can do it.
Here are a few samples of N'Kenge's set list depending on how long the set is and what venue it is.

Original Song Set List

Rock the House
Everything to Me
Goosebump Moment
Love You're Wild
Thats Why I Love This Man
Tell me

Cover Song Set List

I'm Every Woman
Power of Love
Boogie Oogie Oogie
Respect
Somewhere
Crazy in Love
Queen of the Night