KennaDee's music incorporates elements of rock, folk, soul, country and pop...playing originals as well as popular covers.
She has been performing professionally in the Central New York area for several years as a solo musician. In addition to regularly playing in bars, restaurants and wineries, she has played weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties and house concerts.
KennaDee has also been featured on WAER’s Common Threads and Westcott Radio’s Hit-n-Mix as well as CNYLive!
She takes pride in putting on a great show and a real need to entertain the audience at a high level. If you hire her for your special event, you will not be disappointed!
Having Kennadee play for our vow renewal ceremony was absolutely fantastic...she was very personable and accommodating with the music she played. Kennadee contacted us as soon as we found her on saladgig and was in touch with us many times asking about song lists and was happy to learn a new song or two if you wanted and she didnt know it. She played the whole time she was booked and she was fantastic. If your looking an acoustic solo person she is the person and I know you won't be disappointed.
Response from KennaDee:
Thank you so much!! It was such a beautiful ceremony (I have to admit, it made me tear up a little) and it was truly a pleasure to meet you and your family!! Here's to another 25 years!! :)
Price Range: $250 and up
Gig Length: 120 - 240 minutes
KennaDee was born in Alabama into a musical family. Her father’s side were all bluegrass and country-western musicians. “Music was always part of my early life” she recalls, “whether it was my mother singing to me (luckily she always did) or family picnics that turned into jamborees”.
She started singing at an early age and fell in love with it. Growing up and all throughout her school years, she was heavily involved in music. Her father was military and they moved around quite a bit, so at every school she attended she would seek out the music programs... if they had one.
After graduating from high school, KennaDee joined the Navy and worked in the medical field. To maintain her music “chops”, she did a brief stint in the Navy choir. “We sang mostly patriotic songs obviously, and occasionally we would do religious songs if they wanted us to perform in churches.... and, of course, the National Anthem”.
And then life happened.
Before she knew it she was married with children. “My focus then became my family”, she says. “I don’t regret it AT ALL. I have a wonderful husband that I love and two great kids that I adore”. But, other than a year in the Rhode Island State Chorus and the occasional karaoke night, music wasn’t something that she pursued. “My life was my family”.
But singing and performing were always in the back of KennaDee’s mind – always on her bucket list.
She had always wanted to play the guitar. “I was a vocalist who unsuccessfully dabbled on the piano. I had tried picking up the guitar when I was younger and watching my Grandma play, but I just didn’t have the patience for it at that time”, KennaDee recalls. So one day out of the blue she went out, bought a cheap little acoustic guitar and started taking lessons. She wasn’t expecting it to go anywhere. “Maybe just learn how to play a song or two around a campfire”, she laughs.
It took several months, very sore fingers and bouts of serious “what the hell am I doing” moments...but she eventually started getting more comfortable with the instrument. At that point her guitar instructor encouraged her to reach out and jam with other musicians. So she put her “feelers” out there.
It wasn’t long before KennaDee found herself in a country band called ‘Headin’ South’...which lead to a variety duo called ‘The Karma Project’ (both within a year)...and then eventually a rock and blues band called ‘The Measure’, where she was the lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist for five years.
She then decided to test the ‘solo’ waters. “I had become a little more confident with the guitar and thought ‘Hey, let’s see what happens!’” Again, not expecting it to go anywhere.
Since then she has played countless venues, benefits, private parties, festivals and house concerts throughout central NY. She has also been featured on WAER’s ‘Common Threads’ and Westcott Radio’s ‘Hit-n-Mix’ (both hosted by Larry Hoyt) as well as ‘CNYLive!’ hosted by Fred Reed. And in late 2019 KennaDee released her debut album “Gypsy Soul”.
“I have met and worked with so many wonderful musicians from whom I have learned so much from. I am constantly growing as a performer and a musician”, she says. “ It’s been a hell of a ride so far and I plan to keep this train a rollin’ for as long as I possibly can”.
Additional Booking Notes
All sound equipment and lighting are provided at every show, producing a good clean sound that her customers love. She is committed to prompt setup and removal of gear, a great sound, and a real need to entertain the audience at a high level.
She is a professional musician that takes pride in putting customers first by understanding the nature of their setting, the needs of the facility, and promoting the interests of the audience.
VOICES CARRY - TIL TUESDAY
RHIANNON - FLEETWOOD MAC
TIMES LIKE THIS - EDIE BRICKELL
RIPTIDE - VANCE JOY
THE SWEETEST MEMORY - KENNADEE
ACID TONGUE - JENNY LEWIS
BETTE DAVIS EYES - KIM CARNES
CRICK HILL - KENNADEE
SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT - NIRVANA
JOAN AND BOBBY - WALK OFF THE EARTH
GHOST IN THIS HOUSE - ALISON KRAUSS
THIS MOMENT - KENNADEE
COME AWAY TO THE WATER - GLEN HANSARD
TAKE ME TO CHURCH - HOZIER
WHO WILL SAVE YOUR SOUL - JEWEL
GYPSY SOUL - KENNADEE
BE OK - INGRID MICHAELSON
BLUES MAN - HANK WILLIAMS,JR
GIVE ME ONE REASON - TRACY CHAPMAN
YOU KEEP PUSHING ME - KENNADEE
MISS K. - DEER TICK
FEELING GOOD - NINA SIMONE
WAITING FOR A GIRL - FOREIGNER
FEEL IT ALL - KT TUNSTALL
DELTA DAWN - HELEN REDDING
ANGEL FROM MONTGOMERY - BONNIE RAITT
DEAR GOD - XTC
LONG WAY HOME - KENNADEE
IM ON FIRE - BRUCE SPRINGSTEIN
I KNOW - FIONA APPLE
SHE TALKS TO ANGELS - THE BLACK CROWES
DAMMIT BEN - KENNADEE
AINT NO SUNSHINE - BILL WITHERS
THE ONLY TIME - NINE INCH NAILS
WILD HORSES - BISHOP BRIGGS
GET GONE - KENNADEE
SOMEONE LIKE YOU - ADELE
YOU OUGHTA KNOW - ALANIS MORISSETTE
YOU DON'T KNOW - JACK KENNADEE
BIG BLACK HORSE - KT TUNSTALL
ADDICTED TO LOVE - ROBERT PALMER
AS IT SEEMS - LILY KERSHAW
BEFORE YOU ACCUSE - ME ERIC CLAPTON
CAN'T LET GO - LUCINDA WILLIAMS
CAUTIONARY TALE - DYLAN LEBLANC
CHARLIE AINT HOME - ZZ WARD
DEEP ELLUM BLUES - THE GRATEFUL DEAD
DOCK OF THE BAY - OTIS REDDING
FIVE STRING SERENADE - MAZZY STAR
GIRL CRUSH - LITTLE BIG TOWN
GONE GONE GONE - PLANT & KRAUSS
HELP ME - JOAN OSBORNE
I DON'T NEED NO DOCTOR - RAY CHARLES
LOVE ME LIKE A MAN - BONNIE RAITT
LUCKY ONE - ALISON KRAUSS
MAD WORLD - GARY JULES
MAN IN THE LONG BLACK COAT - JOAN OSBORNE
MINING FOR GOLD - COWBOY JUNKIES
MOTHER - PINK FLOYD
MY WORRIED MIND - KENNADEE
PAPA COME QUICK - BONNIE RAITT
RADIOACTIVE - IMAGINE DRAGONS
SAY YOU LOVE ME - FLEETWOOD MAC
SHAKE YOUR HIPS - JOAN OSBORNE
STAY - RIHANNA
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE - STEALERS WHEEL
SWEET JANE - COWBOY JUNKIES
TIME AFTER TIME - CYNDI LAUPER
V-12 CADILLAC -JEWEL
WILD WORLD - CAT STEVENS
WILLIN - LITTLE FEAT
YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME - JEWEL
Influences & Inspiration
Susan Tedeschi, ZZ Ward, and Joss Stone…to name a few.
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