We had the good fortune of connecting with Kendre Streeter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kendre, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe that my entire career has been defined by taking risks. As an artist, it’s incredibly important to be authentic with yourself and with your audience. You take risks every day when you create music, experiment with different vocals and instruments, and then put it out for the world to see. It’s an incredibly thrilling and nerve wracking thing that never seems to get easier. Looking back at my career, I think the first big risk I took was when I launched my first gospel EP. It was the first time I recognized myself as an artist and it was important for me to pay homage to my upbringing and the church. My immediate family and friends loved the EP but my church was not happy with the music and felt that I was miscommunicating the teachings of the bible. It was the first time I really felt that my music was making an impact and starting good communication. I’m all about change so if it’s controversial, so be it. Second to that, I think moving to LA was a huge risk for me and, quite frankly, still is. I spent quite a few years in Nashville making a name for myself. I started working with a lot of my mentors and musical inspirations but felt that I could do more if I went to a bigger market. You know, it made sense from a business point-of-view, but I really didn’t know what to expect or what to do when I got here. Well, a few years later that risk is paying off. I opened for Morris Day, produced a few albums and dropped new music that means a lot to me. Taking risks is incredibly hard, but I think that not taking them is even harder. Sometimes we’re called to do something more with our lives that only we know deep down. Nobody can take that from you and nobody can do it for you. You have to do the work and you have to believe in yourself. That’s what it comes down to.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a musician and producer. I’m originally from Tennessee, where I focused on country, gospel and soul music. After getting a lot of traction as a musician, I realized that I wanted to go into RnB and moved to LA. In my four years here, I’ve questioned my move, because at times the music vibe of LA didn’t seem to have room for my style, but as my team reminds me in those moments, “what is for you is for you” and “consistent, focused work will produce a return on investment.” So, in those moments I snap out of it and remind myself, this ‘music’ is what I was born to do. It is God given, so if I keep grinding, the benefits will show up in due time. My most memorable experience is opening for Morris Day. I’ve also had the opportunity to pitch songs to the likes of Rihanna, Faith Evans, Afrobeats great Meaku, Indie rising star Durand Bernarr, and rap legend Rick Ross has been humbling.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Pre-pandemic, I’d take them to a bunch of underground clubs and studios in Hollywood and DTLA. Now, I’d definitely take them to the beach in Santa Monica or Venice.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My dad, Ken Streeter and my aunt, Kenya Streeter, who also serve as my management.