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Conversations with Kendall Brower

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kendall Brower.

Hi Kendall, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Jacksonville Beach, Florida and have been in Nashville for a little over 6 Years now! I started singing and writing songs early on so I grew up thinking I would be an artist, but as someone with very diverse music taste I could never stick with a specific sound.

The title of being a songwriter didn’t even really cross my mind before moving to Nashville. When I started at Belmont University someone encouraged me to apply for the songwriting department which threw me into co-writing. It didn’t take too long before I realized I could write for other artists and never have to limit what I create.

I spent a semester in La interning for Milk & Honey and ended up being able to go to Bali Indonesia (I know, really really crazy for an intern but shout out to Peter Coquillard for trusting me) to work their international writing retreat. Out of all the artists, writers, and producers there I found myself resonating most with the role of the writers and knew if I wanted to do that one day I needed to get to work immediately.
God/the universe had a cool way of showing me affirmation that songwriting was the right path for me. I started taking it really serious and Warner Chappell took me on as their inaugural songwriting intern my senior year. Since then, I’ve landed about 50 cuts & several sync placements and now work with my wonderful team at Why & How (Bruce Kalmick) and Seeker Music (Evan Bogart) to do this full-time between Nashville and Los Angeles.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
There are always obstacles but nothing that’ll ever make me want to stop. Work/life balance is an ongoing obstacle for all of us, and even getting to the point of having a career in the music business took years.

When I was getting close to graduation in 2019, I knew I needed to set myself up for success if I ever wanted to do music full time, so I started nannying in the evenings so that I could prioritize songwriting. after having a session or two each day to set up my career and running to the night job to pay the bills was a challenge in itself.

Also, I know I’m not alone in saying that it’s easy to feel behind in this industry- but I felt like I started off behind. Jumping into the game a little Late, I just asked everyone (and their mother) to write with me so I could get sessions going consistently and that didn’t always go as smooth as I’d hoped. Putting yourself out there is hard!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Im still doing a session or two everyday focusing on pitch, artist projects, and/or sync. I’m working on vocal production and love helping artists get songs from start to finish. I often do their background vocals and am also usually pretty involved in prepping for release.

I have a lot of ideas for social media promotion, artwork/video ideas, song concepts, etc. so it’s fun diving in on people I believe in! Most of the artists I write for are local Nashville while some are in LA/NY and others I have only done virtual sessions with since the pandemic really changed how we can work from anywhere in the world.

What matters most to you?
Connection!!! I am fulfilled by connecting with others and helping them connect to their music so that listeners may connect in a deeper way too. We can all relate to each other in some way and music bridges a lot of those gaps.

Also, I try to focus on nurturing genuine friendships and relationships because that is what ultimately keeps me going and happy. I’m most proud of the careers I’ve been able to be a part of and build with… helping each other grow in this life in any capacity is SO special.

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Isaiah Huron, Phil Barnes, David Mescon, Reyna Roberts, Halle Kearns, and Jeff Wilcox

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