Singer/songwriter Kenya delivers smooth, soulful vocals with a jazz influence that creates a contemporary groove. Kenya's music has charted in the US Top 30 Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary charts, Top 50 Smooth Jazz independent charts and top 10 on the independent UK Soul Chart in which her previous album My Own Skin (2015) reached the #1 spot for four consecutive weeks. Similarly, she reached the #1 spot in Chicago's R&B/Soul ReverbNation chart (August 2018) and was the 2014 recipient of the Black Women in Jazz "Best Black Female 'Rising Star' Jazz Artist" award. Opening for such recording artists as Lalah Hathaway, Rachelle Ferrell, Raul Midon, Mint Condition's Stokley Williams and Algebra Blessett, Kenya delights diverse crowds with her melodic tone and engaging stage presence. A graduate of Howard University and former member of the university's Howard Gospel Choir, Kenya is now based in Chicago and has performed internationally at noteworthy venues and festivals including Essence Festival, Capital Jazz Super Cruise, Magic CIty Smooth Jazz in the Park Series in Alabama, Washington D.C.'s Blues Alley, Denver's Dazzle Jazz Club, The Biltmore in LA, Groove NYC, Atlanta's St. James Live, The Promontory in Chicago in addition to a variety of other Chicago area venues and showcases, London's Jazz Cafe, Manchester, UK's Band on the Wall and a variety of other international settings. Kenya's most recent collaboration with legendary smooth jazz saxophonist, Gerald Albright is a rearrangement of the classic song "My Favorite Things" and is a stellar example of her progressive musical ideas and talent.. Her impressive vocals along with Gerald Albright's signature sound is sure to draw in new listeners and fans as she prepares to release her new upcoming project "S.H.E." the fall of 2019.
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