September 1st, 2022 7pm Stage 2
As Kendra Foster circled the globe with George Clinton & PFunk Allstars and D’Angelo & The Vanguard, she made a few pit stops along the way—which included scooping up two Grammys for her work on D’Angelo’s Black Messiah and writing and recording a solo album infused with her heart, thoughts and musical ministry.
On the heels of her work co-writing Grammy-winning song, “Really Love,” & Grammy-winning album, “Black Messiah” with D’Angelo, she independently released her solo single “Promise To Stay Here” and her self-titled album “Kendra Foster”. Both releases garnered millions of streams. Her soul-based fusion is peppered with Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop, Rock, Classical, World, Electronica and Gospel. Her songs, “Step into the Light” and “Promise To Stay Here” (from her self-titled album), were featured on BET’s “Being Mary Jane” and STARZ’s “Hightown” series respectively. Kendra Foster is excited to be releasing an album in 2022 titled “Here”, and has already released a single and a video for the title track.
She is also currently an adjunct professor at The Clive Davis Institute at NYU, and has featured in Iconic artist Simone Leigh’s works presented by Creative Time and the Guggenheim.
Blak Emoji is the brainchild of NYC producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Kelsey Warren. Blending pop inspirations with an emphasis on electronic music, synth sounds and intricate writing, Kelsey's sonic dream is brought to life.
The debut Blak Emoji EP, "INTRO" (2017) was the first of several successive releases with two albums, a sophomore EP and now a third album due in October. Warren has received a variety of accolades from notable publications including Rolling Stone, Afro-Punk, Line Best Of Fit, BUST, Popmuzik, Vampire Freaks and Ghost Cult Magazine. Blak Emoji songs "Velvet Ropes & Dive Bars" and "Poison To Medicine" made their way to ABC's Quantico while "Sapiosexual" appeared in several indie films.
Warren was immersed in soul/R&B and pop music growing up in South Jersey. But after learning piano concertos, jazz guitar standards, drums and other instruments, Warren threw in a monkey wrench of hip-hop, punk and minimalist classical which took his sonic journey to new destinations. He supplemented his ever-expanding musical taste with a dense love of electronic music and synth inspiration from Kraftwerk to Prince to NIN.
In 2019, Warren miraculously managed to assemble a brief European solo tour, a solo NYC residency, and he decided to produce and direct a debut political/musical documentary covering the presidential election. Quarantine didn't prove to slow down Warren who has spent the duration of the pandemic producing numerous artists, directing music videos and dropping an avant-electronic instrumental Blak Emoji album, "Antidote". In anticipation of his forthcoming album, Warren has released two singles which have received noted acclaim from Wonderland and Fame Magazine. The album is due October 1st of 2021.