Artist: Kennedy Rd.
Origin: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
So, who exactly is Kennedy Rd. besides being a well-known road in Scarborough, Ontario?
After dropping just two tracks – one of which was dropped about one month ago, she has already drawn attention on Instagram from the likes of Boi1da (notably one of Toronto’s big-time producers) and August Rigo (a distinguished songwriter who has written for many artists such as Justin Bieber, One Direction, and Musiq Soulchild). Kennedy Rd. has merely popped into the game but this fresh and mysterious Toronto singer is on the rise.
Upon first listening to her music, I automatically felt chill and mellow vibes. This ambiance radiated through the production and her vocals, both of which displayed remnants of euphoria. Her smooth and gentle vocals are Jhené Aiko-esque as she has the ability to effortlessly float over a track. This combination of tones and vocals have the ability to take listeners to an elevated state without having to dabble in the act. (But I would seriously spark one and vibe to Kennedy Rd. – her music is soothing and has this power to ease.)
Though her sounds are similar to those of Jhené, her style is definitely reminiscent of the Toronto [R&B] sound. Both her sounds and aesthetic (through the cover art of each of the tracks and the photos on her Instagram), you can tell that she exudes dark and moody undertones – which are a couple of the keys to the whole Toronto aesthetic or wave of music.
“Ron Isley” is the first track that she dropped. Its intro gives me vibes of throwback R&B, but with a modern twist. As soon as the beat drops, there begins a groove and then her singing comes in, glossing over the production. She sings of the joy her lover brings her, making her crave them even more.
Everyday I dream, of holding you close to me
And every night I find, me touching your lips with mine
“Make It Last” is her most recent drop as she gently flows over the track with the love she has for this lover, telling them that they have to make their relationship last. Or perhaps she is trying to save the relationship by reminding them of the love that they once shared and how much their love has impacted her.
Like the moon to the earth, and the earth to the sun
Like a sweet melody, from a Marvin song
We’ll be together
Through her dream-like and euphoric vocals, I feel like she wants to bring the dream back to the east end – assuming that’s where she’s from since she is named after the infamous road in Scarborough.
Where is she really from? Where is she at? We don’t know as of yet but all we’ve got are these two tracks to linger on.