We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyndl and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kyndl, how do you think about risk?
The way that I think about risk taking? The only real wins in life come from taking risks. Growth doesn’t happen within our comfort zone and even if we don’t willingly embrace it, life will eventually force us into it. I’ve grown through mistakes (that are inevitable) but my most rewarding growth has came from taking risks. The first risk I ever took in my career as an artist is when I decided to release my music for public consumption and critique. And if it wasn’t for that risk, I would have probably never discovered a hidden passion and received as much love as I’ve gotten. If it wasn’t for me facing the fear I had about sharing my art with the world, I would have never gotten the confidence to continue to express myself more authentically. The biggest risk I’ve taken in my career thus far has been dropping out of college to audition for Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow, which I now appear in the inaugural season of, And the most recent risk I’ve taken has been moving from my hometown of Indianapolis to Atlanta to further pursue music.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a kid I’ve always been a writer, but before it was music it was short stories and poetry. When asked what I wanted to be when I grow up, I always replied with an author. However, as I grew older, I started to take an interest in poetry. Then once I went off to college, poetry morphed into music. And since releasing my first song in 2018, I’ve found not only a passion but purpose for my life. What sets me apart from others is that I’m unapologetically myself within my art and I’m versatile in terms of not only being able to rap but sing as well. I’m most proud of myself for my consistency and commitment to growth as an artist and excited to see how I will continue to grow as I know my potential is limitless. I’ve gotten to where I am today with faith and community. It was not at all easy but nothing in life that doesn’t come with a bit of difficulty is worth having. And my faith and community are the very things that have helped me overcome challenges. I’ve learned many lessons along the way but at the core, I’ve learned to keep going. Rest if you must but always keep going and thank yourself later. What I want people to know about my brand and story is that I embrace growth and authenticity through and through.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend visited Atlanta for a week, that would mean I would have to have roughly 5 recommendations for breakfast, lunch/dinner, and places to drink/visit. This is assuming that on at least two of those nights, we’re spending quality time at the crib with a home cooked meal. So of course for breakfast, at least once, Waffle House is a must, but so is Atlanta Breakfast Club. And Breakfast at Barneys. However, I’m also a fan of Flying Biscuit and YolkArt. For lunch/dinner, I would recommend options that are either in or outside the city such as The Bando, Marietta Diner, CalaBar, Gus World Famous Fried Chicken, Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Hattie Marie’s and Go Vegan Grill. And lastly, as far as places to visit and drink, Little 5 Points is a must, as well as The Battery, Atlantic Station, and Marietta Square. There’s also an area near a lot of the colleges that are just a block party of bars. However, I know that as I become more acclimated with the city, I will have more recommendations.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I think I can speak for any artist when I say my hometown has had a major impact on my life and ultimately, influence on my art. With that being said, I’d like to shoutout the city of Indianapolis but more specifically, the Far Eastside. No matter how far I may move from home, I’ll never forget exactly here I come from. Yet ironically, even with me living 549 miles away, I still am able to represent the Far Eastside of Atlanta. There’s a special type of grit and grind that comes from being raised not only in a city, but on a side of town with very little resources and crime. However, I take pride in the sense of community that is still able to be found there and the culture we also have. Now living in Atlanta, I’m able to not only appreciate but take pride in the rich culture that is here, while finding a sense of community with being apart of it.

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