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Posted: March 30, 2010 08:41 pm (-05:00)
Danny Coleman
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Beginning To Hear From Kendal Conrad

KENDAL CONRAD is an eighteen-year-old high school senior from Pottstown, PA. Simply put, her talent is limitless and, this past Sunday, I had the pleasure of interviewing her live on ROCK ON RADIO.

Getting involved with music at the very young age of six, CONRAD started out by enjoying her time singing in her school chorus. Inspired by her school music/vocal director to seek additional training, she took the advice and began singing in earnest.

Entering many local talent contests and local competitions, the awards and accolades began to accumulate quickly. One of her first was having the honor of being crowned "Miss Pennsylvania Teen Talent." This was followed by successes such as winning the local "Pottstown Idol" as well as "Lehigh Valley Idol" competitions.

One of CONRAD's biggest thrills, and the one which has opened many doors for this young singer/songwriter, was winning the "Miss Pennsylvania Teen Talent," as she competed in this event while wearing an actual stage-worn gown which belonged to one of her idols and influences, Whitney Houston. Once this was on her resume, a flood of opportunities opened up.

Currently, she is the vocalist who sings The National Anthem prior to the Reading Phillies, as well as the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Iron Pigs (both minor league affiliates of the Philadelphia Phillies), home baseball games.

CONRAD has been asked to sing at the United Nations, has also done a vocal solo with the gospel choir at St. John's Church in New York City and, most recently, played her guitar and sang at the 2009 White House Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

This Thursday, April 1st, she'll be back in Washington, D.C. performing at the National Cherry Blossom Festival and this summer she will be performing at Hershey Park in Hershey, PA.

Now, all of this sounds great, however, consider this... she has only been playing guitar for two years, and just wrote her first song six months ago! All amazing accomplishments given her age and experience.

"Songwriting comes easy to me," she said as she was telling us how she approaches her craft. A prolific writer, she pens most lyrics to her songs in less than fifteen minutes.

On her resume she also has written two books. Writing is a passion for this young lady. Once quoted as saying "I'd rather spend the night with my acoustic guitar, rather than an actual human being," she loves to write just this much.

As a show host/interviewer, I'll be the first to admit that you have to word your questions and comments carefully. This especially so when dealing with younger artists. In the case of KENDAL CONRAD, she handled herself like a veteran. It's very obvious that she's experienced way beyond her years and her self-titled EP proves this.

This effort is available by going to her Myspace page (www.myspace.com/kendalconrad) and sending her a message. In addition, all of her upcoming gigs and information are listed there as well.

A very pleasant interview, I truly believe that we've only just begun to hear from KENDAL CONRAD. Check her out. You won't be disappointed.

This Sunday, April 4, Trenton, NJ-area singer/songwriter JOE KILDEA returns to ROCK ON RADIO. Joe has a renewed dedication, determination, and desire to his music and has recently been performing at local open mics and showcases in the Trenton area while he's prepping for the studio to record his first ever EP.

Turn on... tune in... and ROCK ON!

Danny Coleman
Danny Coleman is a central Jersey resident and a long-time area musician. He is currently the host of Rock On Radio which airs Sunday evenings at 10pm (EST) on www.wifiam1460.com.
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