I was born and raised in Elkhorn, Manitoba. Growing up my life revolved around all things horses and sports. My family chuckwagon raced in the summer months and I spent my winters at the rink playing hockey. I was always an outdoor kid that loved to keep busy, and I was involved in every sport and event our little town had to offer.
What made you want a career in country music? I always enjoyed singing, and country music was the only type of music I have ever known. I sang in front of a crowd for the first time when I was 8 years old and started entering singing competitions when I was around 11 years old. It wasn’t until an injury while I was playing AAA hockey that really turned me to the idea of music. My parents took me on a trip to Nashville to record a demo and I fell in love with the music scene in Music City. I recorded my first single later that year and haven’t looked back.
How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?
Modern country with traditional elements
What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Wild?”
Wild is a song that I was pitched. The first time I heard it, I knew I wanted to take this song into the studio. Once I seen the song writer credits (with Carly Pearce having a hand in writing this one) I knew why I loved the lyrics so much. This song is all about letting go with the person your with and letting love run Wild.
Who are some of your musical icons?
I have always loved the artist in the 80’s & 90’s. Of course I was (and still am) a huge fan of the greats like Shania Twain & Geroge Strait. But I also loved artists like Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis and Terri Clark – women of country in that era were so strong and really created a strong place for themselves and that’s the type of female country artist I strive to be.
What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?
I have had the opportunity to play at so many amazing venues over the years, but some of my favourites are The Burton Cumming’s Theatre and the Club Regent Casino both in Winnipeg. I think, as a Manitoban, I had set goals of venues I wanted to concur and get the opportunity to play at and I was lucky enough to perform on both of those stages right at home!
What is your recording process like when making and creating new music?
I usually like to put a rough demo version of all the songs I have in my recording pile to see how they work with my voice and to get an idea of what they are going to sound like. Once I have nailed down the songs that make the final cut for full studio recording, I like to start with vocals. A stripped-down acoustic version of the song that lets me really focus on just my vocals. I let my producer know the vison I have on the musical side of the song and let them build the track based on that!
What is one of your favorite quotes?
“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I always like to take the opportunity to thanks everyone who has ever supported me on my musical journey. From listening to my music, coming to my shows, following me on social media or even reading interviews like this one, you give me an opportunity to chase my dreams and I appreciate everyone for that.
Couple of artists showcase the motivation of country music like the award-winning recording artist Kendra Kay. Kay was raised on the Canadian prairies and is shining bright as a “Canada’s Country Girl” (Harlton Empire), Kay has had a wonderful year including signing on worldwide with Sakamoto Agency, winning the 2019 MCMA Female Artist of the Year, also earning the MCMA Fan’s Choice Award for the second year in a row. Also, she has collected half a million streams, 17 weeks in the Top 100 Canada Country Airplay and earned a Top Ten spot in the 2020 CBC Searchlight competition.
Known for her powerful vocals, down-to-earth charisma and high-energy concerts, Kay has solidly started herself as an artist to watch and a rising country star (Brandon Sun) in the Canadian country music scene. Her single “Steady,” is an updated take on the traditional country sound, written by a talented group of female songwriters including Madeline Merlo (NBC Songland), Victoria Banks (Jessica Simpson, Sara Evans) and Karen Kosowski (Brett Kissel, Tim Hicks, with Kosowski also combining the reigns on assembly duties. Also her sophomore EP “More to Me,” co-produced by country star Terri Clark, with added production credits going to the CCMA Producer of the Year winner Murray Pulver and Juno Award winner Jeff Jones.
Joined with her 5-piece band and love for country music, she has played shows across Canada including the CFL Banjo Bowl Halftime Show at Investor’s Group Stadium, played along with Tim Hicks on his “Get Loud: tour, and played with country legend Patricia Conroy. She has played in big festivals such as Dauphin’s CountryFest MainStage, Canadian Finals Rodeo, Canadian Music Week, Sunfest Country Music Festival, Canadian Country Music Week and gave direct help to artists such as Corb Lund, James Barker Band, Jess Moskaluke and Aaron Prichett.
In January 2022, Kay put out her latest new single “Wild.” This song and other great tunes from Kay are featured both on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about the kind-hearted and talented Kendra Kay then please go take a look at her website (http://www.kendrakaymusic.com).