Interview: Harlton Empire with "Rising Country Star Kendra Kay"

Interview: Harlton Empire with "Rising Country Star Kendra Kay"

Harlton Empire - An Interview With Rising Country Star Kendra Kay (By: Kat Harlton)

Manitoba Country Music Association (MCMA) Female Artist of the Year Kendra Kay recently released her new single ‘Better Off’. Written by Terri Clark and Deric Ruttan, the track also features Terri Clark on background vocals.

‘Better Off’ tells the story of a newly engaged country girl who learns of her fiance’s infidelities and decides that her big engagement ring is ‘Better Off’

We had the chance to catch up with Kendra and talk about her new single, working with Terri Clark, and what’s on her playlist.

 

Kat: Could you speak about the inspiration behind your new single ‘Better Off’?

KK: When I first got pitched “Better Off”, I instantly knew that this was I song I wanted to record. It has such a cleverness behind the lyrics that I fell in love with. Plus, this song is full of attitude! The whole idea of realizing you’re better without someone sometimes is really relatable for listeners.

Kat: What does it mean to you to sing a song written by someone as influential as Terri Clark, and for her to provide back-up vocals on your track?

KK: It is truly an honour to have such a Canadian country icon, like Terri, to be such a big part of this song. I have grown up always being a big fan of Terri Clark, I even remember attending her concert when I was about 11 years old and if you would have told me then, that I would get this opportunity, I would have never believed it in a million years. For her to be so helpful and supportive with me on this track really means a lot!

Kat: Who are some of your musical idols or role models?

KK: My biggest musical idols are pretty much all the country artists of the 90’s and early 2000’s, that’s the music I grew up listening to and is today still a big influence in the music that I play and record for myself. But if I had to pick just one, I have always idolized Shania Twain!

Kat: What was the experience like of headlining the Manitoba Stampede?

KK: It was great to headline the Manitoba Stampede this year. I have been attending the MB Stampede for as long as I can remember with our horses as part of the rodeo performance. So to get to come back this past summer as their headliner on stage was awesome for me!

Kat: What’s on your playlist right now?

KK: Right now, and as always, my playlist is full of the good ol country music I grew up on. George Strait, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Travis Tritt, and so on, and lately I have noticed how much new FEMALE country music I have been adding into my playlist. Our Canadian Country girls, like Meghan Patrick, Madeline Merlo, Jess Moskaluke, Alee, are really blazing a trail and showing how strong women in country truly are.

Kendra Kay On Canadian Beats

Nancy Dagg recapped her Saturday Afternoon @ Dauphin's Country Fest:

I ran up to the hilltop to catch Kendra Kay at the Bell MTS stage. This artist from Elkhorn, Manitoba, is the hometown sweetheart and has an amazing stage presence with high energy that appeals to young and old. Kay had the dance floor pack with two-steppers during her show that started at 4:45 p.m. Her up-tempo song choices included her own, “I’m From the Country” to covers that included a crowd favourite, Shania’s “Any Man of Mine” to her just-released single, “My Way” that she ended her set with. Watching her and the most-energetic band that backs Kay up was the absolutely best way to end the afternoon shows. 

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