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New Voice

by Kendra Ross

This stellar debut effort is steeped in Modern Soul and Jazz with solid songwriting and sultry vocals. Featuring appearances by Talib Kweli, Eric Roberson and more, "New Voice" is the culmination of years of experience and a passion for the art of music.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. New Voice
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2. I'm So Okay
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3. Real Deal
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4. Interlude - Keep It Loose
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5. 1st Time
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6. I Got U
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7. Can I Keep It? Feat. Talib Kweli and Tiye Phoenix
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8. Teo's Intro
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9. Send Me Somebody To Love
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10. You Made The Difference
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11. Why Can't I See? Feat. Eric Roberson
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12. Has2B
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13. Interlude - Keep It Tight
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14. Very Well
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15. Man You Love Blues
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Kendra Ross is a truly gifted singer and performer. With her beautifully smooth voice and impressive songwriting talent, she is an artist in high demand. In her short career she has already worked with celebrated artists such as Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Omar, Faith Evans, and many more. She has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show and BET’s 106th and Park and has been featured in O magazine.

Kendra is now celebrating the release of her debut album titled New Voice. The long-awaited project, co-produced with longtime collaborator/music director Christian Ver Halen, is comprised of all original compositions. Many of the best touring and session musicians on the music scene today are featured on the album, including Teodross Avery (Amy Winehouse), Maurice Brown (Ramsey Lewis), Lonnie Plaxico (Cassandra Wilson), Chris Rob (John Legend), Daniel Sadownick (Matisyahu), and Skoota Warner (Santana). The album also features performances by Talib Kweli, Eric Roberson, and more.

Critically-acclaimed hip hop recording artist Talib Kweli wrote of the talented singer/songwriter in the liner notes of his Gold-selling album Quality (on which she wrote and performed): “Kendra’s talented, beautiful, and one of a kind.” Time Out New York has hailed Kendra as “an underground soul singer with a mellifluously fluid voice” and BBC’s Radio 1Xtra declared her to be “...the divine Kendra Ross.”

Fully aware of the iconic legacy associated with her last name by a triple threat performer whom she has admired since childhood, Kendra is set to garner her own respect and attention. Get ready to be introduced to the new Ms. Ross.


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Tony N


Great soulful album u can just listen all through and not skip a track. Me favourites are Can I keep it with Talib and Y can\'t i C with Erro

Amethyst Scarab

Kendra Ross - Delectable Debut
Kendra Ross – New Voice Review
 
With Kendra Ross what you see (or rather what you hear) is what you get. From the playfully sexy neo-soul/hip-hop banger “Can I Keep It” (an updated homage of sorts to A Tribe Called Quest’s Can I Kick It) featuring Talib Kweli and Tiye Phoenix, to the almost ethereal “Has to Be”, Kendra’s vocals flow effortlessly affirming that she is not a studio made singer but a sultry siren and burgeoning force to be reckoned with…all this while putting on full display sexy, introspective, and insightful lyrics sure to enrapture the listener.

 
Since hearing her drop some background vocals on Talib Kweli’s Quality album, fans have been waiting to see what Kendra could do on her own project and she serves up a cornucopia of sounds sure to satiate your ears desire for authentic and genuine music that emanates from a sincere place and leaves you satisfied with her debut effort.

 
Her throaty and sultry voice reminds one of a trendier and more accessible Phylis Hyman and with live instrumentation throughout the album and her tribute to a bygone era in jazz (one of the jazz singer) “Man You Love Blues”, she does nothing to dispel that notion. Throughout the album, a synergy is created which only affirms her place as a true vocalist with a great instrument, herself.

 
With thoughtful lyrics that get to the point, Kendra manages to evoke emotion with “I’m So Okay” and lay down the law with the independent black woman theme song “Real Deal!” Though both of these songs titles are sure to join the woman’s lexicon of one-liners to hurl at the offending man in your life, you’d miss the point if you stop there and not get the message that this woman is about growing and healing and living beyond the pain or games in relationships.

 
Personally I like a little H.O.D. (Hint of Desparation) and L.A.P. (Longing And Pain) in my music! I want to feel that pain, that love that is so strong or that passion that is so deep that I’m right there with you! Well, “Has to Be”, an open, light almost orchestral piece that laments a woman’s fear of love and “1st Time”, which celebrates that magical moment where folks have sweat glistening all over they bawdy, take you there like the Staples Singers! Moody, introspective and sexy…now that’s one hell of a combination (and if you look at the album cover you know what I mean) and these two songs exemplify that side that makes you want to get that cup of joe (coffee to you laymen) on a rainy day and just “talk” or whatever all day!

 
A highlight of the album is the riding jam (song you put on in your car and roll down the highway) “Why Can’t I See”, Ross’ duet with underground neo-soul dude Eric Roberson. Kendra shines as the two of them make a little studio magic melding easily with the H2O produced track…check how smooth she sounds on this song…it’s intoxicating!

 
Not to be overlooked are Ross’ power to the people hype track, “I Got You” which exalts having your people’s back, a message some folk really NEED to hear right about now and the title track “New Voice” an empowerment song about being independent in thought and not letting others define you.

 
At a time when many artists have forgotten that music can entertain AND enlighten Kendra is mindful of that fact and does her best to give you both. Some albums settle into a groove and you just lay back for the ride, New Voice is like music ala carte. You don’t have to stare and slobber on yourself while the goods sit there steaming in front of you. You can take what you like and enjoy, but no matter what you sample you’ll be getting a good helping of music sure to fix your “real music” jones.

T-V

A cool artist
I like this album and the artist, and envy those who have had the opportunity 2 hear Kendra live. Kendra has a warm and soulful voice which stands out. I appreciate the diversity of the album, and I'm glad to have purchased it. It contains ballads and laidback interludes as well as midtempo and funky uptempo songs - works fine as a whole. Wish KR all the best and good luck with new projects.

Jawhar Young

Beautiful
Let me start by saying the album is hot, the production, writing and arrangement were well put together and I can't wait until the album come out. Also I would like to add that its been a pleasure working with you and I hope we can do it again sometime. Another thing the album is going to be a great sucsess.

Bigsmooth


This is a prefect example of good honest music something we all can feel and relate too. So if you are tired of the garbage than this is a must have CD it's True full,Honest and Soulful it's Kendra Ross.

Nicole Hamilton - h2O Productions

Setting a new standard of quality and excellence!
QUALITY in every sense of the word! From the music to the lyrics even right down to the artwork, this project is as professional as they come. It sets a new standard for independent projects...and that bar has been set very high! This cd really has a bit of something for everybody: soul, jazz, r&b, a li'l hip hop, some social consciousness, a dash of empowerment and just GOOD songs that take Kendra's message straight to the people! The rich, soulful tone of her voice is one that is reminiscent of a past era, but her songwriting is relevant and fresh. I am really proud of this project as a fan, a friend and also a contributor. This is definitely one for the collection, so GET YOUR COPY TODAY!!!! BIG THINGS POPPIN' NOW, Ms. ROSS!!!! DO IT UP!!

Gary Berman

For Those That Know
Top drawer nu-soul album...real live production with killer songwriting and great vocals

Need I say more except buy this landmark album

SG

NICE!!
This is what I'm talking about. Hope to hear more from Kendra

Calvin Whittaker

Baby Girl is doin' her thang!
I was hooked when I heard the samples! A few different influences, including Soul, Jazz, Blues, and a pinch of Hip Hop can be heard on this project. Superb live instrumentation and vocal styling!

Big Ox


This ablum is hot. The lyrics are really good. So buy a copy now. Your will not regret it!
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