Kenniecia Grant

:: LOCATION

Planet Earth

:: MEDIUM

singing, songwriting

:: IDENTIFIES AS

Human

How do you define art?

Art is the language of the soul- an unrestrained yet a poised communicator that can say anything and get away with it.

As a woman or woman of color, why do you think it is important to create?

As a woman of color, it’s important for me to create because my story reflects nature. No matter the conditions, what I create as a black woman, as a human, will exude beauty and contribute to the energetic exchange of the universe.

What or who keeps you inspired?

Music keeps me inspired. It’s one of the things that can bring me joy,  with no regard of time or space.

What has been your proudest moment as an artist/creative?

In Botswana, Africa. It was my first tour as an opera singer, and for the first time on stage I decided to let go. I let go of any fear, control, expectations, and in that moment I felt more than the audience’s energy. It was as if they were singing back to me. As our experience was woven into each other’s,  I made an important decision that I’m still proud of- I fell in love with my craft and decided to follow my passion.

What do you like to listen to while you create?

a wide variety, but the top 5 on my playlist are AWOLNATION, Moloko, Kendrick Lamar, Nina Simone and Faure. I know, it’s a very wide variety, but all of these sounds make me who I am.

Do you have any words of advice for young womxn/artists/creators out there?   

Live Your life. Own it! Don’t limit your potential. We are human, not subhuman!

What social issues do you care about most?

Ethnic injustice and homelessness.

What keeps you creating during hard times, such as all the things going on in the world right now? How does that affect your work?

During hard times, the best thing for me to do is sing. Singing is like an automatic soul cleanser for me. Sometimes the results don’t come out as expected, but when I sing, it’s as if my soul goes into a hidden room or digs into something deeper to find the remaining hope or courage I have remaining.  Though sometimes small, what is given after all is left many times has the strength to turn hard times into seeds of opportunity.

If you’ve been lucky, you’ve experienced the vibrational magic that Kenni’s vocals bring to the universe. You’ve inspired us to let go of fear, control and expectations for our passions to ignite. We would be so honored to hear you sing some day.