Kymberley Kennedy is the real deal. With her emotive vocal, stunning songwriting prowess and superb melodies she joins a new wave of artists paving the way for R&B. Her exceptional new mixtape ‘Cycles’ blends R&B Soul with elements of hip-hop and electronic music to create a coherent body of work with the melancholy passion of Portishead and Sade.
The distinctive sound, influenced by her father’s Stevie Wonder and Prince record collection, has been nurtured from school musicals through to early collaborations. The first, of which, was with break-beat collective Grinny Grandad on the record ‘The Good Girl’. The single was released through Finger Lickin Records and received rave reviews from MixMag and BBC Radio 6. This led to performances at Glastonbury where she met with A.Skillz to write ‘Dead Ringer’, an electronic funk track and possible counterpart to his smash hit remix of Marlena Shaw’s ‘California Soul’.
A buzz resulted which introduced Kymberley to the idea of becoming an artist in her own right, instead of a feature. Whilst in the process of refining her solo vision, she released the ‘What The Funk’ mixtape which was featured in Vanity Magazine and Fame Magazine with special mentions on BBC Radio. She followed this up with her first commercial offering, ‘The Blackout EP’ which gained support from Soundscape Magazine, The Huffington Post and BBC Radio 1Xtra. The lead track ‘Blackout’ was picked up by film director Aram Rappaport and used in the movie ‘Syrup’ (Amber Heard, Shiloh Fernandez, Kellan Lutz). “I’ve always wanted to make music that resonates, that tells a story. Something that stays with you and imprints itself on your memory so that when you hear it years later there’s a sort of sweet nostalgia.”
‘That’s talent, right there!’ – Trevor Nelson, BBC Radio 1Xtra
‘If you love indie music you are going to fall in love’ – Soundscape Magazine
‘Kymberley Kennedy is a vocal traffic stopper’ – Data Transmission