Watch any live performance by the Kennedy Administration, with this band's singular namesake at the microphone, and you'll become a fan for life. Kennedy's joy is contagious. The band has been refining their magical sound and stage presence for three years at their weekly residency at the Groove in NYC. With credits ranging from Stevie Wonder, Gregory Porter, Andra Day to Lauryn Hill, and a roster of acclaimed "musician's musicians" in between, the Kennedy Administration's backing band has seen, heard and played a lot.
Kennedy, who made her way to New York from Detroit, has carved out her own formidable body of work, thanks to a vocal style that is inflected with great influences - think Ella Fitzgerald, Sade, Anita Baker, even a dash of Luther Vandross - but has its own timbre and particular mix of playfulness and seductive poise. In a few short years since coming east, in one of the world's most competitive entertainment capitals, Kennedy has amassed gigs and collaborations with Layla Hathaway Christina Aguilera, Eric Bennet, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Kenny Lattimore, Monifah, Cheryl Pepsi-Riley and many others.
Forging a sound and identity for itself, the Kennedy Administration is creating sensory, soulful modern music with elements of jazz, r&b, hip-hop and pop judiciously applied. Led by an inspirational singer - who takes her role seriously and carries it with graceful good humor - this particular Kennedy Administration is ushering in a brand new "Great Society" of sweet music.