Kendra Morris recalls singers who straddled soul and rock during the early ’70s
, such as Ruth Copeland and Chaka Khan, while her contemporaries include the likes of Mayer Hawthorne, Alice Russell, and Leela James. Morris’s musical taste was developed through her parents’ record collection
, a library heavy on late-60s and early-70s soul and funk. During her childhood Morris’s main companion was her karaoke machine
, which she also used for the sake of recording songs on her own, and self-released a pair of EPs: This Won’t Hurt a Bit (2007) and Milk and Cookies Never Lie (2008). Her first proper recording, a self-titled EP (2010), was recorded with producer and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Page (of That Handsome Devil). After touring with legendary guitarist Dennis Coffey and releasing a series of singles which included “Concrete Waves,” whose b-side was remixed by DJ Premier, Morris released the album Banshee
(2012) on Wax Poetics. In 2013, Morris returned with the covers album Mockingbird
. The title track “Banshee” was used prominently in the Showtime hit series Ray Donovan, while her cover of Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” found itself in the trailer for major motion picture Dead Man Down. In between extensive international touring and promotion for Banshee throughout 2013 and 2014, Morris worked on a small side project band with friends Scarlett Johansson
, Julia Haltigan and Holly Miranda, releasing one single called “Candy.”
#LiveatPennPlaza features live music on Monday and Tuesday evenings, 6 – 7:30pm and Tuesday and Thursday during the lunch hour, 12:30 – 1:30pm.
Monday nights feature soul, funk, and blues bands.
Tuesday nights are global dance parties.
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons are small acoustic concerts.
Produced with Ariana’s List.
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