Kendra Gale Up For Two Music NB Awards With New Rock Style
It was at one of these showcases that I got quite a shock last year, certainly my big surprise of the weekend. I had seen St. Andrews' Kendra Gale a few times over the years, starting back when she was in high school. At the time, she seemed like an earnest songwriter, acoustic and folkie, sitting in her bedroom and playing. That was my impression, anyway. But around a year ago, she started introducing the next stage of her career. It wasn't just Kendra anymore, it was the Kendra Gale Band, or KGB. The acoustic was gone, and now she was playing electric. There was bass and drums, too. Soft singing was out, full-throated vocals were in. It was bluesy rock, modern, loud, with riffs and rhythms. It was still her words, but Gale had toughened up big-time. It was night-and-day really.
“As you may know, to be successful in this industry, you need strengths on both ends of the formula. That is, the artist needs to be have a strong visual presentation equal to the sound and writing of the product. Kendra is that type of artist. If I may say respectfully, she is a very lovely lady, with a very unique voice signature. She writes her own music, from her own life experiences. She is her own worst critic, which keeps her very grounded.
Who is this Kendra Gale? Listen to her CD. SHE is in the music, her persona, her identity, her richness of life with its up and down experiences are in the writing and the song. Listen, and you will be hooked! I am!
I derive nothing, no personal gain, in writing this letter, other than the action of doing so. Kendra is that damned good! Now, go and listen to her CD and be hooked!
CALAIS ST STEPHEN MACHIAS 102.9
“Imagine a life without music, a life without sound. Nineteen-year-old singer-songwriter Kendra Gale faced that reality as an infant. Fortunately for Gale a series of corrective surgeries restored her hearing and she embarked on her musical journey from a very young age.
Kendra Gale is a young up and coming artist. "Music is a really big part of my life and it's very important to me. I couldn't imagine a life without it so I never take my hearing for granted." Speaking with Gale from her home in St. Andrews it becomes easy to forget that this driven and talented musician has yet to reach her 20th birthday.
At only 19 years of age Gale has released two full-length discs, 2006's self-titled debut and her most recent Moments of Nothing released in December of last year. At age 12 she took up the drums and her musical adventure took off at a startling pace.
“Teen songwriter releases second CD ...St. Andrews - Kendra Gale is only 19 but the young St. Andrews singer/songwriter is about to launch her second CD, which will take place at the Legion hall Saturday Dec. 6, starting at 9pm.
The 2007 graduate of Sir James Dunn Academy has written all 14 songs on the new CD, Moments of Nothing, also the title of one of the song. Her fist self-titled CD was released in August 2006 and her voice has become familiar thanks to the heavy play on Calais radio station WCRQ-The Border.
Born hearing impaired, Gale underwent three corrective surgeries in her early years and by the time she was four her hearing had been restored to almost 100 per cent.”
St. Croix Courier
“Not only does Sessions café bring in fine entertainment like Toronto's Bob Wiseman (Sunday, 2 p.m.), it's also a great backer of local music as well. St. Andrews Kendra Gale is one such performer.
Kendra Gale (Independent): Singer-songwriter Kendra Gale will be at Sessions Saturday with songs from her new self-titled CD. It's a strong debut, the work of a confident songwriter, offering a rocking edge to her acoustic-based tunes. All are written by Gale. It's impressive, considering she's still a Grade 12 student.
Though many of the songs are unadorned - strictly guitar and percussion - her words and performance are honest. She's described as shy and hardworking. That work has paid off. This disc is a calling card that she can present to anyone with pride, and she's heading to the ECMAs in Halifax in February to do just that.
The Telegrapgh Journal