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** The Biz With D : Exclusive Interview with Kalenna **

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Kalenna started writing songs at 11, when she would accompany her father—a rapper and army man—into the studio. As a military daughter, she moved often, living in diverse locations including Alaska, Germany and Hawaii. In music, she found a home for herself even as “home” was constantly changing. “Growing up, I understood how music can take you away and help you escape,” she says. “At the same time I began learning how music brings people together; how it can heal and comfort.” She eventually channeled her talent for songwriting into a successful career penning hits for Jill Scott, Jennifer Lopez, Timbaland and multi-platinum producer Rodney Jerkins. As a songwriter, she is highly sought by A-list artists to write their hits. Her talent has been featured in varied genres of music. She has written songs for Christina Milan, Opera signer, Charlotte Church (Mood Swing), Bobby Valentino , Rasheeda, Aretha Franklin and Fantasia, Slim Thug,  cat Dolls, Timati, Christina Aguilera and countless others. Additional credits include, Maino , Three 6 Mafia, Ciara, Trina, and of course Diddy-Dirty Money.  In between touring and songwriting, Kalenna lends time to her nonprofit organization, the I Heart Kalenna Foundation. Her mission is to provide social services to families with lupus or homeless veterans. She also provides mentoring and guidance to students by way of school visits and workshops.

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