1. Hi Kendal, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
Hi! Before I was a country musician, I was a kid who used to take her boombox out to the barn and perform for the chickens and the horses. I always loved to sing, even if no one was listening. I then segued into local talent competitions and teen idol contests. It wasn’t until high school that I taught myself how to play guitar and started writing songs.
2. What was the first country album you bought?
The first country album I bought was Taylor Swift’s debut album, and boy, was that a defining moment. I was shocked to discover that a girl my age, who grew up near me (Wyomissing, PA), wrote her own songs and played guitar. To say I was inspired is an understatement. “Tim McGraw” made me want to be a songwriter.
3. What is the background story behind your latest track “Come to Your Senses?”
“Come to Your Senses” vents my frustrations with dating. I’m basically leveling with the guy across the room: look, the ball is in your court. Are we going to sit here and make eyes at each other all night or are you going to come talk to me? You can’t make a connection with someone without communication.
4. Is there anything else coming up with your music in 2019?
I will definitely be releasing more music from the EP that I just finished recording with Matt McVaney earlier this year! There aren’t any songs on there as bright as “Senses,” but there is a fun dance-type track, a ballad, a song about revenge. I’m excited to see the reaction when I put out the rest of the songs.
5. What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?
I love playing Jenks Club in Point Pleasant, NJ. It’s on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, and the crowd is always super pumped and high energy. I’ve played there a few times, and this year I’m opening for Adam Doleac August 21. If anyone wants to go, message me — I have a limited number of free tickets!
6. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?
Vulnerable. Empowering. Edgy.
7. When you are not working on your music what do you like to do in your free time?
I’m a big horror buff, so I like to keep up with the latest horror movie releases. I’m also an obnoxious photographer of food, so I like to try different restaurants and different kinds of food. I’ve learned that I like escargot and grilled cactus.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” This is a paraphrase from Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. I feel like it suits my mindset and the way I approach life in general.
9. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Make sure to follow me on my socials! I follow back on Twitter and Instagram.