Featured artist: Kennedy Vie – New Female Rapper From LA Taking Charts By Storm
Below is a short interview with the upcoming underground artist Kennedy Vie.
How did you decide to become an artist?
Kennedy Vie: Well Since I was young I’ve been performing. When I was 5 I Was in ”Little Orphan Annie the Broadway Play” and that’s when I fell in love with performing and being on stage. I’ve done music practically my entire life .. 5th grade I started writing songs and raps–granted they were terrible but that’s where I started. I started producing at 15, and due to unfortunate circumstances I took a break from music for a few years.. Last year (2014) after a very traumatic and life-changing event, I pushed myself to go audition for The Voice. At the time we had very little money so I did crowdfunding on GoFundMe.com, and to my surprise I raised $700 in less than 2 weeks. A nice chunk of it was from a very dear friend of mine in Australia, Ciaran, and if it weren’t for him pushing me to go to the auditions when I felt like giving up I wouldn’t be here. I made it to the 5th round on The Voice and got cut because I ”didn’t have the look they were going for that season”. I came back home half heartbroken (which going to Denver and coming back home took around 4 days; I took a greyhound bus) and nearly devastated at the reason they cut me for. Fast forward to a couple months after that and I released my first official single ”Why” (available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google play).. Being cut from the voice really pushed me and gave me a boost of confidence oddly. After my pity party, I thought to myself ”well if I made it to the 5th round — passing the first round which is the hardest — then clearly that means something” .. And now here I am on LAs Top 50 and LAs Hot 100. I’m so grateful for all life has thrown my way because without any of it I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Don’t make music for anyone else but yourself. You’re Kennedy Vie, and you’re going to make Kennedy Vie music whether people like it or not. Keep your head up, you’re going to go very far in this business.
What about concerts? Do you play live?
Yes, actually, I do. My first official and legit concert was 1/18/15 at Boardners in Hollywood off of Hollywood blvd and Cherokee. It was a blast. I’ve performed other places as well, go to http://ift.tt/1JRIVBP to see where I’ll be performing next!
Best punchline you ever wrote?
From a rap of mine? That’s really hard. Probably ”I heard you talking shit/ and I’m knowing why you hate/ ’cause you look like Rihanna after Chris got to that face…”