Today I want to introduce you to Kendal Conrad! Kendal is a country music singer/songwriter, an award winning songwriter at that! We talk music, touring, Kieth Urban!!, females in country music, and more! Keep reading to find out the incredibly talented Kendal Conrad!
NN: Can you tell us a little bit about who Kendal Conrad is and your background (where are you from, how old are you, and so on)?
Kendal Conrad: I'm a 24 year-old country music singer/songwriter who loves horror movies, books, and my custom Martin Guitar. I'm from Pottstown, PA.
NN: What instruments do you play and when did you learn to play them?
Kendal: I play a 6-string banjitar and guitar. I decided to teach myself how to play guitar in high school, and it was the best decision I ever made. I also play alto sax in middle school and high school and can probably still play it... (maybe).
NN: You are an award winning songwriter. Tell us what awards you've won and for what songs along with what your favorite song you've written is?
Kendal: I won the title of International Miss Talent with my original song "Girlstrong". Everyone performed dance routines and sang to karaoke, but I walked out there in my cowboy boots with my acoustic guitar and sang a song that no one in the room had heard before... and I won! I am also the 2015 Country Showdown winner for 92.5 WXTU, Philadelphia's country station. I won with my original song Country Queen - which is also on iTunes, Spotify, etc. if y'all wanna check it out!
My favorite song that I've written is called "Unnoticed". It's a story-song about a man and a woman who meet and fall in love. he basically reassures her that she will never go unnoticed as long as he's around. I just thought - what a wonderful thing to say to someone.
NN: You have a lot of shows in Nashville. Are you currently just playing shows in Nashville or are you planning on touring more in the U.S. in 2016?
Kendal: I recently moved down to Nashville, so I split my time between Nashville and Pennsylvania (where I'm from). I would love to tour and play different places in the future. I love meeting new people and sharing my music!
NN: What is your favorite memory of your career (the most gratifying/exciting one)?
Kendal: Singing with Keith Urban is definitely my favorite memory. It's still strange just typing that! That was the biggest compliment -- Keith and his staff thought that I was good enough to sing with him. I'll carry that with me for the rest of my life!
NN: How would you differentiate yourself from other females in the country music world?
Kendal: I'm authentic. When I'm onstage, it's me. I put my heart and soul into my music, so when you come hear me play or listen to my music, you always get me. Yes, I love putting on a show, but I've got to be honest. Hopefully you'll walk away feeling like you personally know me.
NN: Where do you hope to have your career be within five years?
Kendal: I hope to have a single out on radio and be touring! I'm really lucky to have gotten this far with my career, so we'll see where the music takes me!
Kendal, thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview! Make sure you check out Kendal and her music! Follow her on her social media accounts at the links below!