Today we’d like to introduce you to Kendall Morgan.
Kendall, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started writing songs when I was in 3rd grade; I used to walk around with an old Fisher Price recorder and record my songs acapella onto cassette tapes. I grew up in Tennessee – going to church every Sunday; so, the first songs I wrote as a child were church songs and hymns – which I then presented to my church’s music minister in hopes of having the choir perform them.
When I was 15, I met a rap crew in Nashville and started working with them singing and writing hooks & verses. That was the first time I recorded in a studio. I continued to write and sing with them for a few years – developing my urban and r&b writing skills. We also performed in Nashville and surrounding cities. I attempted to go to college for music, but I knew if I was going to be successful as a writer and artist, I needed to be in the studio or on the stage – not in the classroom; so I quit. When I was 19, my friend started a non-profit — so I started performing acoustic shows around the country. This was when I took my first trip to Los Angeles, and everything changed for me. I saw very clearly what I wanted. At the same time, my best friend was working for a music management company in Miami and introduced me to a manager and producer there.
I continued to live and write in Nashville for a few years and figured out how to merge my music styles. My sound was very different from what Nashville is known for (although their music scene is becoming more diverse now), and I knew I needed to leave my hometown in order to grow. I decided to move to Miami, and I began working with Grammy award-winning producers and songwriters in Miami. Living in Miami led me to work with Yo Gotti on “Don’t Come Around” and Tech N9ne and Kendrick Lamar on “Fragile” — which resulted in my first national television performance, radio airplay, and my first certified Gold record. While in a studio session, I met Shae Haley from N.E.R.D, and he served as my mentor for a couple years helping me develop my craft even more and connecting dots.
Presently, I live in Los Angeles; I have a management deal with Indie Pop as an artist, and I am currently working on my debut album.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Absolutely not! I don’t think the pursuit of any creative career is ever smooth – or even supposed to be. Trite to say, but if it was easy, everyone would be doing it – and I don’t know a statement that has ever rung more true.
On a personal level, it’s important to have a deep understanding of yourself in order to be an artist – thus begins the emotional struggle of balancing the light and the dark. I have had emotional breakdowns, questioned my life path – I have MANY times been on the cusp of giving up. The light for me is remembering every day that I’m doing what I love – and I could not see myself doing anything else.
The music industry requires you to have thick skin – especially as a woman. I have been in situations that don’t sit well with my values, and I’ve had to power through them. I’ve had to fight for what is rightfully mine, say no countless times, and call people out on their bullshit – just so I can continue to be respected in my creative field. My advice here is to listen to your gut, and if the room doesn’t feel good – leave the room.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Kendall Morgan – what should we know?
I am a recording artist and songwriter. I am proud that I am able to create musical experiences for others and for myself. I write my own songs, and I love that I get to share that in collaboration with other artists.
Songwriting is liberating! It’s such a powerful tool for self-expression and reflection – whether you’re releasing your own emotions or you’re channeling someone else’s experience(s). It’s truly a healing mechanism for everyone involved in the process. It forces you to ask questions – to yourself, to others.
Makes you dig deeper than you would otherwise, and in digging, you find what’s true to you.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I am very self-aware – and self awareness allows me to be my authentic self as an artist.
This is something that is important to my success; because I am bringing my own sound and artistry to the table. I’m not allowing anyone to tell me who to be or what to sound like. Musically, I am very diverse. I have experience writing different styles and genres, and I am able to meld those together to create a unique sound for myself.
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