Nnennaya Kelly

Nnennaya Kelly

My music has impacted my life. I am American born and raised but did secondary school in the Northern part of Nigeria, so I enjoyed my identity years in Nigeria.

I did my first degree in Washington DC at Catholic University of American and did my masters in Science at London School of Economics (LSE). I studied music in opera mezzo soprano for two years during my bachelors as I wanted to get a degree in Music voice but stage fright blew me away and I changed my BA degree to HR Mgt.

Family life and other factors kept me away from pursuing my heart’s desire to do music and now I took a bold step to do it again but with a mission to use a portion of my proceeds with my music to raise money for my charity for children. I also have other projects cooking like a remix with my 15 year old son Sammy Smack.”

How long have you been creating music?

20 years

Do you have a preferred genre?

Afrobeat, jazz, hip hop & r&b

Tell us about your latest song, EP, or album.

My Funny Valentine-A portion of this song is going towards my charity to build a children’s wellness centers in Africa. We have a remix coming as well with my now 15 years old rapping and a video shoot. We have paid an African children’s orphanage who specialise in dancing Afrobeat to dance as part of our video. The money we paid them will go towards sending them to school and giving them a wonderful future. So this song say it all, these children and the one we will help as part of our children’s wellness center our valentines, not the best looking but they are close to my heart.

Are there any challenging aspects to writing and/or recording your music?

Getting the right producer, the mixing and mastering skills has to be right. I am still searching for that tight producer. Who is in tune with me.

Has your style evolved since the beginning of you career?

Yes. I started as an opera lover and over the years my mind moved to R&B, jazz. Now I love Afrobeat but never left the others.

What do you enjoy most about being a musician?

Singing, writing music, producing and planning music videos!

Playing live or recording in studio? Do you have a preference?

I love to do both! I have not yet played live, trying to get over my stage fright, but I will love to do it now soon.

Do you have a preference… vinyl records, cassettes, CDs, or downloads?

Downloads, however I love vinyl records too have over 600 rvjnyl records from my dad!

Tell about a magical moment or positive experience that has happened through music.

Recently on the making of the first Christmas single with my son. He rapped for the single. He was 14 years old but now 15! Just doing music with him is golden. He loves music. He plays the tuba, sax and sings. My Funny Valentine remix with my son was a dream come true!

Are there any musicians who inspire you? What qualities do you admire about them?

Sade Adu- smooth deep voice and full of romance Lionel Ritchie – can be exciting but yet calm, loving and romantic R&B Anita Baker – oh her soul full jazz and style is so unique Yemi Alade – beautiful wide and daring! Yet very African and classical Ed Sheeran – oh wow! Country R&B, Afrobeat styling and very English /Irish R&B! Romantic! I just love it!

Would you like to travel to other countries to perform your music? If so, what would be your first stop?

First stop USA! New York, DC, Virginia, Florida! Then Africa and Europe , UK

Are you currently working on any projects we should look out for?

My Funny Valentine remix, more Afrobeat dance version and the music video to go with it! You & You Angel – my son raps through the song Thinking of You Several projects to do this year.

Is there something you would like to say, that we didn’t cover?

Just thank you for giving me this opportunity to do this interview! For fans to expect something fantastic, exciting for all ages!

Artist / Band:
Nnennaya Kelly
EP or Album:
You & You Baby’s on the Way
Featured Song:
My Funny Valentine

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