Whether across town or across the ocean, for an intimate crowd of 20, or for a roaring crowd of 20,000. Watch any live performance by Kennedy Administration, With the bands singular namesake at the microphone and you’ll become a fan for life!
A group of musical all-stars, Kennedy Administration holds down a regular engagement at a popular Greenwich Village nightclub Groove while racking up milestones internationally. Since 2015, they’ve sold out performances in Europe, Russia and Asia, and at their iconic hometown jazz club, Blue Note. In March 2018, they played the annual Java Jazz festival in Jakarta — a three-day affair with attendance totaling 115,000. In Summer 2018, Kennedy Administration will open for Elton John at the Black Sea Arena, Batumi, Georgia.
A self-titled debut album which chartered at #32 on US iTunes released last September on the Germany-based Leopard label, showcases the unique chemistry and songwriting talents of these superb musicians, including the Midwestern-born vocalist who provides the spark and the soul — and the name.
That would be Kennedy herself. A Michigan native who did her first singing in church, Kennedy grew up embracing a range of musical styles, from Anita Baker to Ella, Sade to Michael Jackson, Dave Matthews to Prince. Since moving East, she has worked with Eric Benét, Kenny Lattimore, Monifah and Cheryl Pepsi-Riley, among others — her calling card a voice that balances great influences with a timbre and personality all its own.
Along the way Kennedy met another New York transplant: Ondre J, a keyboardist, composer and recording artist originally from the Czech Republic, currently a touring and recording bandmate of Grammy-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter. The collaboration led to a band, which starting in 2014, led to a memorable run at Groove. With a core trio of Kennedy, Ondre and drummer Nathaniel Townsley — a studio and touring pro for Mariah Carey, Nile Rodgers, Joe Zawinul and Lauryn Hill. The rest of the lineup was fluid, but whoever sat in, New York’s famously hard-to-impress audiences immediately took to this talented band with the inspirational singer.
As word spread and crowds grew, Kennedy Administration added a slew of original songs. A lineup cohered, with Chelton Grey on bass and Dan Muniz on guitar bringing their own wealth of talents and credits. Grey has worked with Michelle Williams, Will.I.Am., Mary Mary and Ludacris. Muniz has played elite New York gigs from The Bitter End to Lincoln Center’s Juilliard School of Music to Le Poisson Rouge.
The band continues to refine and evolve its sound, wrangling jazz, pop, soul, r&b, hip-hop and rock into a heady, unifying whole. And what began as a side gig has grown into a project with a mission: Make great new music with a spirit of optimism and grit that people everywhere recognize and connect with instantly.
Make sure to get Kennedy Administration debut album available for purchase on iTunes.