Who Is Kenya?

Vocalist/Songwriter Kenya delivers smooth soulful vocals. Her jazz influence creates music that embodies a contemporary groove and has charted on the US R&B Billboard Chart as well as the Top 10 UK Soul Chart and other European radio charts.   Inspired by American singer/songwriters such as Stevie Wonder & Lalah Hathaway and international groups like Incognito & Brand New Heavies, Kenya admits that "Music = air"...without it, she simply doesn't breathe.  Read More...

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  • Sundays...❤️ #quietmoments #reflecting #writing #planning #soulandme #selfiebecausewhynot
    Sundays...❤️ #quietmoments #reflecting #writing #planning #soulandme #selfiebecausewhynot
  • Join me! Details at Kenyamjmusic.com/shows-appearances #livemusic #soul #jazz #momentsofSade #Chicago #untitledsupperclub
    Join me! Details at Kenyamjmusic.com/shows-appearances #livemusic #soul #jazz #momentsofSade #Chicago #untitledsupperclub
  • Thanking all who attended today's fantastic workshop "Creating Crimson Presents Celebrity Vocal Coach MzLyndia" this morning!  @mzlyndia shared her truly inspiring story as a vocalist and now vocal coach as well as provided  extremely valuable insight into what it takes to navigate and be successful in today's music industry.  This was a very rare opportunity and my #PR team @christi.love & @latreakimberly and I are honored to have been able to produce the event.  Stay tuned for more workshops coming soon! Visit creatingcrimson.com to learn more about our artist development services. #Chicago  #MzLyndia #vocalcoach #artists #singers #musicians #development #creatingcrimson #kenyamjmusicproductions
    Thanking all who attended today's fantastic workshop "Creating Crimson Presents Celebrity Vocal Coach MzLyndia" this morning! @mzlyndia shared her truly inspiring story as a vocalist and now vocal coach as well as provided extremely valuable insight into what it takes to navigate and be successful in today's music industry. This was a very rare opportunity and my #PR team @christi.love & @latreakimberly and I are honored to have been able to produce the event. Stay tuned for more workshops coming soon! Visit creatingcrimson.com to learn more about our artist development services. #Chicago #MzLyndia #vocalcoach #artists #singers #musicians #development #creatingcrimson #kenyamjmusicproductions
  • Another breathtaking hall (1 of SEVERAL) at max capacity during the #northseajazzfestival during @cecilemclorinsalvant mesmerizing vocal jazz performance❤️
    Another breathtaking hall (1 of SEVERAL) at max capacity during the #northseajazzfestival during @cecilemclorinsalvant mesmerizing vocal jazz performance❤️
  • This is just ONE of the halls to see live performances during the #northseajazzfestival!!! C'mon now!!!! I was just blown away!!! This is during @gregoryportermusic performance....standing room only.  They eventually had to close the venue due to max capacity...all in the name of jazz music❤️🎶 #love
    This is just ONE of the halls to see live performances during the #northseajazzfestival!!! C'mon now!!!! I was just blown away!!! This is during @gregoryportermusic performance....standing room only. They eventually had to close the venue due to max capacity...all in the name of jazz music❤️🎶 #love
  • Seeing fellow #Chicago artists blaze the stage is ALWAYS a GREAT thing!!! @dylanmcgeejones congrats on a fantastic job playing with @sogallant at the #northseajazzfestival last weekend!  Keep soaring!
    Seeing fellow #Chicago artists blaze the stage is ALWAYS a GREAT thing!!! @dylanmcgeejones congrats on a fantastic job playing with @sogallant at the #northseajazzfestival last weekend! Keep soaring!
  • And, so...you're either loving Esperanza's new album or completely not feeling it.  What am I?  LOOOOOVE it!  Probably one of the most genius albums made for 2016, but ya gotta dig into it ferociously to get there (which I love to do!). This is a moment during her concert at #NorthSeaJazzFestival performing one of my fav songs #NobleNobles from her new album #emilysdevolution Plus...I got to meet her and chat it up 😁 #winning #brilliant
    And, so...you're either loving Esperanza's new album or completely not feeling it. What am I? LOOOOOVE it! Probably one of the most genius albums made for 2016, but ya gotta dig into it ferociously to get there (which I love to do!). This is a moment during her concert at #NorthSeaJazzFestival performing one of my fav songs #NobleNobles from her new album #emilysdevolution Plus...I got to meet her and chat it up 😁 #winning #brilliant
  • Okay, okay, OKAY!! I'm having #NorthSeaJazzFestival withdrawal!!! A week ago I witnessed the most tremendous music festival I've EVER attended...woo-EEEE!!!! And so...I'm about to flood the feed with pics and vids I didn't get a chance to share yet but that are sooo worthy of sharing! 1...2...3....#letsGO!
    Okay, okay, OKAY!! I'm having #NorthSeaJazzFestival withdrawal!!! A week ago I witnessed the most tremendous music festival I've EVER attended...woo-EEEE!!!! And so...I'm about to flood the feed with pics and vids I didn't get a chance to share yet but that are sooo worthy of sharing! 1...2...3....#letsGO!
  • Two weeks ago I boarded a plane heading to France....my trip to Paris was exquisite...the people, culture, food, architecture, and the love...everything was incredibly energetic & simply splendid!  Hard to imagine their country is facing yet another senseless tragic incident.  Our world...my oh my...we're all being called for a healing indeed.  I'm sending prayers, love, light and healing.  I hope to return to Paris soon...it oozes beauty and intimacy.  Despite it all, there is still incredible love felt in its atmosphere.❤️ #France #Nice #light #love #prayers
    Two weeks ago I boarded a plane heading to France....my trip to Paris was exquisite...the people, culture, food, architecture, and the love...everything was incredibly energetic & simply splendid! Hard to imagine their country is facing yet another senseless tragic incident. Our world...my oh my...we're all being called for a healing indeed. I'm sending prayers, love, light and healing. I hope to return to Paris soon...it oozes beauty and intimacy. Despite it all, there is still incredible love felt in its atmosphere.❤️ #France #Nice #light #love #prayers
  • D.C.!!!! New show coming this fall on Oct. 9th @anacostiaarts!  Intimate acoustic set feat. guitarist @motyajazz performing jazz & soul!  LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE! Grab your tickets early at http://kenyaupclose.bpt.me  SEE YOU THERE!! #DMV #DC #MD #VA #soul #jazz #concert #acoustic #kenyamjmusic
    D.C.!!!! New show coming this fall on Oct. 9th @anacostiaarts! Intimate acoustic set feat. guitarist @motyajazz performing jazz & soul! LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE! Grab your tickets early at http://kenyaupclose.bpt.me SEE YOU THERE!! #DMV #DC #MD #VA #soul #jazz #concert #acoustic #kenyamjmusic
  • LAST DAY!!! To register for artist workshop w/ celebrity vocal coach @mzlyndia in Chicagoland Sat. 7/16.  Also, #Bayarea, grab your #earlybird registration for the artist workshop next month in #SanJose!  Visit creatingcrimson.com (search "our events") to register for either workshop! #artists #musicians #producers #managers #singers #workshop #vocalists #Chicago
    LAST DAY!!! To register for artist workshop w/ celebrity vocal coach @mzlyndia in Chicagoland Sat. 7/16. Also, #Bayarea, grab your #earlybird registration for the artist workshop next month in #SanJose! Visit creatingcrimson.com (search "our events") to register for either workshop! #artists #musicians #producers #managers #singers #workshop #vocalists #Chicago
  • And just like that- our boys are back from "Grammy & Baba" camp!😊 #wearefamily #raisingboys #summertime
    And just like that- our boys are back from "Grammy & Baba" camp!😊 #wearefamily #raisingboys #summertime
  • TWO MORE DAYS!!!!! Don't miss this amazing workshop hearing celebrity vocal coach MzLyndia share her journey in the music industry and share tips and advice on how YOU can navigate the business.  Register NOW for just $25 at http://creatingcrimsonpresents.bpt.me. PRE-REGISTRATIONS ONLY!!! (No registration on site) #artists #musicians #singers #vocalists #managers #producers #workshop #creatingcrimson #kenyamjmusic
    TWO MORE DAYS!!!!! Don't miss this amazing workshop hearing celebrity vocal coach MzLyndia share her journey in the music industry and share tips and advice on how YOU can navigate the business. Register NOW for just $25 at http://creatingcrimsonpresents.bpt.me. PRE-REGISTRATIONS ONLY!!! (No registration on site) #artists #musicians #singers #vocalists #managers #producers #workshop #creatingcrimson #kenyamjmusic
  • And heeeere we go!! #NEWSHOWS #joinme #Chicago #DC #DMV #NYC #Indy #moreshowscoming #staytuned #kenyamjmusic #MyOwnSkin #SkinDEEP
    And heeeere we go!! #NEWSHOWS #joinme #Chicago #DC #DMV #NYC #Indy #moreshowscoming #staytuned #kenyamjmusic #MyOwnSkin #SkinDEEP
  • THIS NOVEMBER LIVE IN LONDON AT 3 LONDON COLLEGES!  Heading abroad w/ my sisters-n-music @gwendolyncollins & @kenyasoulsinger to team up with Dee Majek AKA Kejam, @neo2soulakaniceness Godfrey Fletcher and Diane Dunkley to inspire young people across all vocational areas, share valuable tips , & discuss strategies for success.  Honored to be a part of #moments4love and give back to the young community internationally! #wegiveback #staytuned #London #UK #artists #indiemovement
    THIS NOVEMBER LIVE IN LONDON AT 3 LONDON COLLEGES! Heading abroad w/ my sisters-n-music @gwendolyncollins & @kenyasoulsinger to team up with Dee Majek AKA Kejam, @neo2soulakaniceness Godfrey Fletcher and Diane Dunkley to inspire young people across all vocational areas, share valuable tips , & discuss strategies for success. Honored to be a part of #moments4love and give back to the young community internationally! #wegiveback #staytuned #London #UK #artists #indiemovement
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NEW MUSIC

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NOW AVAILABLE
New soulful house remix of Kenya's hit single 
"Let Me"
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AVAILABLE NOW!
"Take Me Away" (Tom Glide Rework)

Kenya releases a rework of her hot single from the chart topping album MY OWN SKIN!
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KENYA RELEASES NEW SMOOTH JAZZ VERSION OF HIT SINGLE
"Be Here"

feat. Smooth Jazz/R&B flutist Althea Rene and soul duo Kloud 9
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Upcoming Workshops

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July 16, 2016
Chicagoland area workshop with celebrity vocal coach MzLyndia hosted by Kenya
August 28, 2016
Bay Area artist workshop & acoustic performance hosted by Kenya w/ special guest recording soul artist Tracy Cruz
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 CREATING CRIMSON
ARTIST DEVELOPMENT & COACHING
Learn how you can take your creative career to the next level & upcoming exciting events!
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My Own Skin
(US Label: KenyaMJ Music)
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Upcoming Shows & Events

Live Concert: Moments of Sade & More Smooth Jazz & Soul

Untitled Supper Club, 111 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL

Kenya and her band pay tribute to Sade and other smooth jazz and classic soulful songs. This will be a night of fun upbeat music as well as smooth grooves. Reservations strongly recommended. Contact 312-880-1511.

WORKSHOP & PERFORMANCE: Creating Crimson Artist Workshop & Acoustic Performance

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San Jose, CA

Kenya hosts "Creating Crimson Presents" workshop discussing the "Top 10 Indie Artist Commandments" as well as discussing the artistic journeys of Kenya and Bay area soul indie artist Tracy Cruz. An acoustic performance will be included by both artists.

Live Concert: Creating Crimson Presents Kenya & Shana Tucker

The Promontory, 5311 South Lake Park Ave West, Chicago, IL

Singer/songwriter/cellist Shana Tucker and Kenya perform a night of music full of jazz and soul. Creating Crimson is an artist development and coaching service that includes independent artist features and showcases.

Oct4

MASTERCLASS with Kenya

Bowie State University, Bowie, MD

Kenya presents a masterclass at Bowie State University's music dept. discusses key strategies to successfully navigating the music business/industry as an independent artist.

New Music Video

KENYA'S "Little Drummer Boy" STRIKES A BIG BEAT IN 2015!
The following entertainment sites are currently featuring "Little Drummer Boy"
Click on the links below to read more about this jazzy holiday hit:
Heart & Soul Online Magazine
SingersRoom.com
Frequency Music Videos
Grown Folks Music
EURWeb Magazine
Soul Artistry Media
SoulandJazzandFunk.com (UK)
Soul Brother Podcast
Middle Child Promotions
Soul You Know Blog
AMB Magazine
Hype Magazine

Other Music News

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My Own Skin
album makes 
"Best of 2015"
New Album Lists

Soul Brothers Records
Soul Tracks (honorable mention)
Urban Union (Taiwan)

The incredibly talented Kenya stopped by Border Crossings and sang her version of the Michael Jackson song 'I Can't Help It'. It will be on her Aug 28th release, "My Own Skin".

Posted by VOA MUSIC on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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ESSENCE MAGAZINE FEATURES KENYA!

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"LET ME"
Official Music Video
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