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Birth name
Kendra Janelle Ross

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Kendra Ross

Years active


New Voice

December 4, 1975 (age 48) Youngstown, Ohio,United States (

singer-songwriter, record producer, music business executive, social activist

Singer-songwriter ·

Brooklyn College, New York University, The New School for Social Research

Contemporary R&B, Soul music, Neo soul, Jazz, Gospel music, Hip hop music

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Kendra Ross (born Kendra Janelle Ross, December 4, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, music business executive, and social activist. from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (though born in Youngstown, Ohio) who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York City.



She got her start singing in church and performing with the Civic Light Opera Mini Stars of Pittsburgh. After many years of working in musical theater, Ross went on to work as a vocalist and songwriter with artists such as Quincy Jones, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Idle Warship, Res (singer), Omar, Faith Evans, Rita Coolidge, Tamar-kali and many more. She has appeared on NBC's Today and BET's 106 & Park and has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine. Ross has opened for musicians Babyface and Isaac Hayes.

Debut album

Ross' debut album titled New Voice was released in June 2007. The album was co-produced with longtime collaborator/music director Christian Ver Halen and features appearances by Talib Kweli, Eric Roberson, and more. Many touring and session musicians are also featured on the album, including Teodross Avery (Amy Winehouse), Maurice Brown (Wynton Marsalis), Lonnie Plaxico (Cassandra Wilson), Chris Rob (John Legend), Daniel Sadownick (Matisyahu), and Skoota Warner (Santana). The album has been well received in the U.S. and Japan where it was released by P-Vine Records in December 2007.


Ross won for New Artist of the Year at the 2007 SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards in Detroit on November 16, 2007.

Hip hop recording artist Talib Kweli wrote in the liner notes of his 2002 album Quality (on which she wrote and performed): "Kendra's talented, beautiful, and one of a kind."

Academic studies

Ross is also an independent feminist scholar and cultural anthropologist who cites Zora Neale Hurston and Katherine Dunham as two of her greatest academic influences. She received a Bachelor of Music from New York University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Brooklyn College and another in Anthropology from The New School for Social Research in New York City. She is currently a doctoral student in the Community Engagement program at Point Park University.

Ross is currently wrapping up the recording of her second album which is set for a 2016 release.

Discography and appearances

  • 2000 Train of Thought/Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek) [lead and background vocals]
  • 2001 Too Close/A Hundred Birds(Japan)[songwriter; background vocals]
  • 2002 Quality/Talib Kweli [songwriting; featured and background vocals]
  • 2003 Space Under Sun/Ari Gold [songwriting; featured and background vocals]
  • 2004 Beautiful Struggle/Talib Kweli [songwriting]
  • 2005 Right About Now/Talib Kweli [background vocals]
  • 2005 Rawkus Records Best of Decade I 1995-2005 [vocals]
  • 2006 Live Shot/The Rooftop [featured vocals]
  • 2007 Kendra Ross/New Voice (debut album) [executive producer, co-producer, arranger, and lead and background vocals]
  • 2007 Art of Life/Charon Don [background vocals]
  • 2007 Eardrum/Talib Kweli [background vocals]
  • 2010 Q: Soul Bossa Nostra/Quincy Jones [featured and background vocals]
  • 2010 Sleeping Beauty: You Are the One You've Been Waiting On/Abby Dobson [background vocals]
  • 2011 Gutter Rainbows/Talib Kweli [songwriting; featured and background vocals; production coordination]
  • 2011 Habits of the Heart/Idle Warship (Talib Kweli & Res) [songwriting; background vocals]
  • 2014 Prisoner of Conscious LIVE/Talib Kweli [background vocals]
  • 2015 F- The Money/Talib Kweli [songwriting/featured vocalist]
  • 2015 Indie 500/9th Wonder & Talib Kweli [featured vocalist]
  • 2016 Kendra Ross/The Multitude [FORTHCOMING]
  • Songs

    You Made The Difference
    New Voice
    Can I Keep It?
    Enough to Go Around
    I'm So Okay
    Man You Love Blues
    Why Can't I See?
    Send Me Somebody To Love
    Real Deal
    Has To Be
    I Got You
    1st Time
    Interlude - Keep It Tight
    I'm So OK
    I Got U
    Interlude - Keep It Loose
    Very Well
    Teo's Intro


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