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My choir director, Vivian Jones, heard me sing and about passed out. It is so hard to identify with just one genre when you Love Music. I don’t take this charge lightly and I know it is mine to fulfill. What are typical mistakes people make when trying to pursue this career?She looked at me and asked me if I knew what a gift I had. It was at that time I realized that there were other women, Wonderful Female Musicians with deep rich voices and I was not by myself. I fell in love with Sara Vaughn, Ysaye Barnwell (of Sweet Honey and the Rock), Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone and then Rachelle Ferrell!! Jazz became next to breathing and my singing was my reason for existing! Kyndra Joi’s motto is “Where Rn B meets Funk and marries Soul…”I have an appreciation for all creative outlets through song and rhythm. I think because of reality shows and what the public calls “overnight sensations” many new independent artists have a misconception that they can get the millions, the Grammys and fame in a few months. Many independent artists have been working for years, spending their own funds and sacrificing before they can even be seen by a major label! I am a Social Worker by day and a Musician by night!
However, from the entertainment perspective, New Orleans has given me a fast track course on “How to Handle Your Business!I went to Wesley United Methodist Church on Meeting Street in Charleston, SC, right across from the Piggly Wiggly and that is where it all began. They want their children to have stability and be able to sustain.I remember singing in the children’s choir, at the age of 5, and having the deepest voice in the choir. So needless to say, my parents weren’t always for my decision to pursue a career in music until they realized that I wasn’t quitting.The Cape Town International Jazz Festival always hosts a photographic exhibition at the Duotone Gallery.Featuring the work of amateur and professional photographers, it emphasizes the diversity of jazz globally.