Kendall Rucks may young, but her mature vocals and raw, poetic lyrics make this "old soul" an up and-comer to watch. Hailing from Florida, by 14, she was living in Los Angeles and working with the teen pop group Counting Dayz.
At 15, Kendall released her first original single “Bad Decision”. By 16, she had been awarded a Reverbnation crowd review Featured Artist spot for her original song “School’s Out.”
This past summer, that song was the top vote getter for College Underground Radio's Summer Discover Contest and she recently signed her first international license deal for "School's Out."
Last October, her original song “Clementine” won her another crowd review featured artist spot and garnered her the attention of World Music Stage Radio's TOP 10 COUNTDOWN. "Clementine" was also selected amongst hundreds of submissions to be the featured song for Season 2 of Dancer and Teen Choice Award Winner, Chloe Lukasiak’s 12 episode video dance series “Dance With Chloe”.
She currently lives and records in Los Angeles and has numerous projects in the works, as well as completed projects with such industry heavy hitters as 5x Grammy winner Brian Vibberts and Alex Houton which have not yet been released. Her most exciting project is the creation of her first album, set for early 2018 release, with multiplatinum music producer/writer/musician Mike Krompass.
In addition to her own songs, the new album features co-writes with industry legends such as Robbie Nevil, Andrew Fromm, Steve Diamond, Pam Sheyne, Greg Becker, Natalie Howard and Skip Black. “The music we are creating is everything I’ve always wanted to do – it’s deep, kinda dark and has an organic rock feel - most of all though, I think it's honest. Kendall makes music that is deep, thought-provoking and has soul with a sultry edge.
As busy as she is, Kendall took some time to talk with us. Check her out.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I suppose my music is alternative - it's a fusion of indie rock and blues. I've heard it called "swanky" before...I kinda like that description.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Lol, no, just the name my parents gave me :-)
What Are or Have been Your Musical Influences?
Kurt Cobain, The Beatles, Bjork, Cat Power, Fiona Apple, Garbage, Tori Amos, Amy Winehouse.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I’m currently finishing up my first album with producer, Mike Krompass, due out this spring and also just started working on a duet project with my longtime friend Timmy Thames and producer Bryan Todd.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Ultimately, I want to create thought provoking music. I want my music to speak truthfully and honestly to people. I don’t always write about happy sweet moments...and I don’t pretend to be a “good girl” cause (while I think I’m super nice), I’m selfish and kinda naughty lots of times too...I think. If we're being honest with ourselves, that’s normal and 100% ok.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
My favorite track to perform is my unreleased song titled, "Bloom" - the song itself conveys a powerful story of awakening and when I perform it so many emotions are ignited within me.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
The biggest challenge has probably been being able to connect with other musicians, I’m a bit of a recluse, so finding other people who have the same vibe and goals as me can be kind of difficult.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
When I'm not in a scheduled writing session, my songwriting process is very organic and sporadic. I find inspiration everywhere. Sometimes my songs and lyrics come to me in dreams. Sometimes they come to me when I'm out in nature. I started a song the other day while shopping in the grocery store! I write constantly...I love it.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social Media has been a game changer for me as an artist. It has allowed me a unique opportunity to meet important people in the industry, discuss collaborations with other artists, served as a catalyst for press opportunities, and allowed me to have a unique platform where I have begun to create a loyal fan base that I can communicate with on a personal and professional level.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Elliot Smith, Radiohead, Father John Misty, Cat Power, Lana Del Rey.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I started online school and moved to LA when I was in my early teens...I've always wanted to pursue music.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Resist much, Obey little. – Walt Whitman
I don't really mean that in a "difficult" way...only that there's power in not doing something that doesn't ring true to you or your vision. Young people are often "boxed in" somewhat based on their age...like we have to pretend to be more innocent/nice than we actually are - it drives me insane.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
Getting started can be incredibly expensive and confusing; I wish there were more opportunities for artist development.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I strongly value originality but at the same time I also believe that, in order to be great, we have to learn from those who came before us and build upon or incorporate their innovations.
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