We had the good fortune of connecting with Kendra DeÀnna and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kendra, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I know deep down in my heart of hearts that I was placed here to save lives and win souls for my Heavenly Father.. He has given me many talents & gifts, but my favorite one of them all is the Gift of Music. Music is a universal language enjoyed by everyone! It heals, it saves, it nurtures and I am so Blessed to be a singer/songwriter who is able to do those things via music. It warms my heart and confirms my purpose when people tell me they felt better after hearing my song or hearing my voice or when they tell me they can relate to my words. I absolutely Love what I do with a passion!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a half Deaf singer, songwriter, and producer. My mother found out I was deaf when I was 3 years old. It took me a very long time to embrace not only being half Deaf but to actually introduce myself as such. I was embarrassed by it. I tried to hide it for a long time, as a matter of fact it wasn’t until 2 years ago that I finally being to share this about myself publicly. I knew it was time to stop hiding myself. Once, I did a show in ATL with The Band of Brothas for a show called “The Melting Pot”, I couldn’t hear the music and myself at the same time and I did a horrible job. I stopped singing live for about a year and a half after that performance because I was so embarrassed. I couldn’t believe what had just happened. But I begin to open up about my disability and was told by a musician about an in ear monitor that helped me hear both the music and my voice. I am so confident on stage now! I got my light back. That situation taught me that you can truly make your life harder than it has to be when you’re not being your authentic self. As an artist, vulnerability and authenticity is important when it comes to sharing your art. People can tell when you’re not being yourself and that plays a major part in your career. When people listen to my music and support my entrepreneur endeavors I want them to be reminded that it’s so necessary to embrace all of you! Not just the “pretty and lovable” parts but ALL. Your purpose is dependent on that. And if you don’t know what your purpose is, spend some quality time with yourself and I guarantee you will find it!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ok, so I’ve been moving around quite a bit over the last few years and I know that ATL has changed a whole lot since I’ve permanently lived there.
Monday – The Georgia Aquarium & Mary Mac’s for lunch slutty vegan ATl for din din.
Tuesday – Maybe a little walk around Piedmont park and Tom, Dick, and Hank for lunch.
Friday – Go shopping at Lennox Mall, The W for lunch, and end the night on the Eastside to bar hop on Flat Shoals.
Saturday- Take a hike on Stone Mountain, lunch at the Old Lady Gang, then end the night in midtown to bar hop.
Sunday- Church, Shopping at Little Five Points, Nice home cooked meal.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, there’s so many amazing people in my life that deserve credit in my story. But what immediately sticks out to me at this moment is a non-profit organization that I am apart of called FemWINism. This organization is full of super dope talented women dedicated to seeing other females win. Each woman involved is selfless and genuine and I’m proud and honored to know them all and share my Purpose with them! They have all helped me to become a better woman, wife, mother, Child of God. I’m forever grateful.
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