by Gary Powell
The media loves to tell the story of the naturally talented performer â€œdiscoveredâ€ by chance. This one myth, however, has done more harm than good in promoting business infrastructures that favor chance over discipline, luck over persistence, and style over substance. Even a more insidious result this myth can cause is to push the truly gifted performers, composers, or artists many times, and understandably, to simply exit the premises to avoid the inbred structure of nepotism and pretense.
Enter eleven-year-old Kenna Chris into my life and on to the music scene in the spring of 2009. What Iâ€™ve learned is different about Kenna, after having been her vocal-coach and music teacher since then, is that she loves to sing so much that she looks forward to the work required of her. Someday, with her permission, Iâ€™ll post the video of how she started as a singer. Kenna is also a dancer and actress, and is happy to do whatever is required in developing all her talents.
I couldnâ€™t be more proud of this wonderful person. Kenna brings light and happiness in my life and I always look forward to her sessions in the recording studio. Iâ€™ve written a song for Kenna that will be available on iTunes later this spring.
I hope you will become involved in supporting wonderful people like Kenna–these singers who come through my studio and life hoping for something more than just mythology. This is real â€“ and in this studio we investigate the idea that music is deeper than fame and that it enriches beyond bedazzlement. Bravo, Kenna.