What is your name?
Heyyyyy I’m Kendall Pennington!
What is your genre of music?
My genre of music is country/pop/lofi. Kinda strange but also, finishing finding my actual sound and rearing into country.
Give us a little bio about you.
I’m a girl from Michigan with a large personality and an even larger heart. I write music that heals and people can feel something from.
What made you go into music?
My father. He pushed me to take singing lessons and stick with it. I eventually merged over into writing my own music and have never given up!
Are you signed?
I’m currently not signed…. YET. Excited to see what the future holds with this though!
You released your new single ‘ Empty’, tell us more about the single.
This single was hard for me to put out. I was nervous to be super vulnerable about my past and showing people the truth about how things were in my home life. It’s about the grief of losing my parents and how they are no longer around.. and all the things I’m missing without them.
What is the meaning behind ‘Empty’?
This song is about how my parents’ demons of alcoholism, abuse, and extreme addiction. It’s more of a memory video where I’m watching back on old memories of this. Reminiscing on how sad the end of their lives were.
Describe the track in two words.
Grief and Addiction
We also see a music video, tell us more about the creation of it.
The creation of it was a super emotional day. Everyone was super respectful and took their job very seriously. I was so pleased with the end of it but definitely drained from reliving the emotions over and over.
Who did you work with on the video?
I worked with one of my college friends on this. He directed and produced it. This was awesome because having a friend along on the process who knew my situation, really helped him get the message across and work so hard to make my song come to life.
Will we see an EP or Album this year?
An EP will definitely be happening near the end of the year.
Do you have any shows coming up?
With everything going on at the moment, I don’t have any shows to give. Was hoping to do a show in Seattle this summer and hoping this can still happen!
If so, where will you be heading?
Seattle, Washington! Or Nashville, Ten.
What else can we expect in Early 2020?
Early 2020 I’ll be putting out another single. This is a country/pop song about the loss of my mom specifically. I’m also planning to pitch and continue more songs! Helping to write and collaborate with other artists.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?
I am helping my friend, Jordan Doww write his music for his EP. And will be collaborating with Adam Ivy (Producer) and am hoping to collaborate with FLETCHER!
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
I would most definitely be up for collaborations! It’s a goal of mine for 2020. They can contact me directly, or go through my promotion company to ask for this.
Do you play any instruments?
I play the piano to write, and hoping to learn guitar soon
Who are your influences?
My influences are Julia Michaels, Maren Morris, and Kacey Musgraves. Each went the route of song-writing and ended up as an artist. Specifically Maren and Kacey for their country writing styles. They have been able to change how country-pop is viewed.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
I get inspiration, unfortunately, mainly when I’m sad. I want to make sure I put myself in a place to write where I know that I mentally won’t be interrupted or distracted.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
In 5 years I hope to see myself with a full album and a record deal. Touring with other musicians and getting my music heard by thousands to millions of people.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I honestly love running/going to the gym. It’s a stress reliever to me.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
The song I heard that influenced me to go more into music was “Lost Boy” by Ruth B. It’s not exactly the genre I’m in but the simplicity of it shows me that it doesn’t take a ton of production and bells and whistles. Just some strong, relatable, lyrics and a simple melody.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
To stop caring what other people think!! It’s so important to just focus on what you’re doing and not worry about what others will think of it. This could literally be detrimental to your career, and your mental health.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
As an artist, you have to be 100% true to who YOU are. Always make music that resonates with you and believe in it! Never try to mold yourself into someone that you aren’t.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
A quote that I always stick by is to never regret anything. You will learn from everything mistake and wrong decision you make. It’s all about learning from our mistakes to not repeat history.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first?
I would first go to Denver, Colorado, visit my boyfriend and his family.
2/ Who do you see first?
I would first see my boyfriend of 3 years, Dylan
3/What do you eat first?
I would definitely have an iced coffee and some type of pasta dish
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
I can’t forget my iPad, water, calming music, food, and some of my favourite people to be there
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?