With the soulful up-tempo jazzy sound of the titled album “Strawberry Lemonade,” singer and song writer Darnell Kendricks announces his thirst quenching, much anticipated debut onto the R&B/ Smooth Soul circuit. Darnell celebrates being in love with the idea of being in love in “Can’t Wait” as a sensual yet inviting way to convey his heartfelt testimony. He captures how absence makes the heart grow fonder and signifies that for him, sensuality is powerful.
Although alluring yet captivating Darnell Kendricks soothes the desires within to understand love in “Willing,” Its this kind of old fashioned romantic attitude fused with an utterly modern sound that helps Darnell stand out in a crowded field of soul. And it’s what makes “Strawberry Lemonade”, his smooth and soulful journey for grown folks. Where songs like, “Have I” reinvents what’s real in life and the unselfish emotion of love.
Directly inspired by the “Divided Soul” man himself, Marvin Gaye, Darnell takes a page from his idols book and continues the heritage of Detroit all while maintaining a style uniquely his own as an R&B/ Smooth Soul artist.
This California native has taken his rich, seductive and passionate voice and set Detroit’s music scene on fire. His lyrics, style, and intricate harmonies are born from “life’s’ inspiration”. And clearly speak of the human factor. Darnell’s philosophy is that. “Songs are already written in the Heavens and we as artists are blessed to be vessels to birth them into this dimension of life”. Simply from being around him, his spiritual upbringing is apparent; a steadfastness that has been passed down by his mother, plus the love and support of his friends and family has shaped Darnell rare perception on how awesome life is. Darnell expresses. “I want people to feel good, be inspired and uplifted, encourage, healed and full of hope, my music would mean nothing if I wouldn’t be able to accomplish these things”.
Whether you catch him gracing the airwaves on 107.5 WGPR, rocking the Rhino in Harmonie Park, or captivating audiences at the Ribs n Soul Fest, Darnell will continue to deliver his jazzy melodies and up-tempo grooves that will definitely keep you thirsting for more.
The “Strawberry Lemonade” collection is the fruits of Darnell Kendricks dedication and inspiration to Smooth Soul. Finally, there is a soul singer who devotes his love for music to the world.