Artist of the day: Kendra Morris
At the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg native Kendra Morris worked her way straight out of school, logging four shows a day as a performer at Busch Gardens. After that, she played and sang with bands around St. Petersburg, belting out everything from rock and reggae to soul and rap. She went to open mike nights, started writing her own songs and joined any project she could. Then she got the idea of forming her own band, an all-girl group. She found a drummer and talked her hairdresser into learning to play bass. The band was called Pinktricity; their sound was Heart/Blondie/Pat Benatar rock.
Morris is 30 now, and she’s still in New York tending bar a few nights to make ends meet. She signed a record deal not long ago, her debut album, Banshee, is due out in early summer, and people are starting to notice. Interview magazine compared her with Amy Winehouse, Adele and Joss Stone and added: “But the best analogy for Morris might be a modern-day Janis Joplin.’’
For more on Kendra Morris, check out Tom Zucco's story in the April 2012 edition of Bay magazine. It's on page 94.
Photo: Chip Litherland; shot inside St. Petersburg's ARTpool Gallery & Vintage Boutique.