In a quiet Mexican bakery in Sunset Park called La Boulangerie Lopez, I sit with emerging soul singer Kendra Foster, who is on the cusp of releasing her self-titled album, a culmination of songs written and recorded over many years. She begins to tell me the whole story of her career. This year, Foster was featured on the track “Questions,” off Domo Genesis’s underrated new album Genesis. Last year, Foster earned accolades for working with D’Angelo on his politically laced funk masterpiece Black Messiah and touring with his band, the Vanguard. Aside from D’Angelo, Foster has also written for artists like Sunshine Anderson, Mark Ronson, and the P-Funk All Stars, with whom she’s worked extensively. She counts a wide range of artists of this ilk as inspirations for her own soulful sound, including the likes of Stevie Wonder, the Isley Brothers, Sade, Björk, and, of course, George Clinton, whom she calls her mentor.
Foster’s career took off back when she was studying at Florida A&M Univeristy in Tallahassee and got connected to Clinton, who signed her to a production deal and executive-produced her first independently released album Myriadmorphonicbiocorpomelodicrealityshapeshifter, which came out in 2003. At around this time, she and Clinton recorded an uptempo dance track called “Bounce 2 This,” which appeared on his 2005 release How Late. As a result. She performed it with him live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Call with Carson Daly and more, getting a taste of mainstream success.
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