By JOHN DALY
His name may be new to you, but you’ve heard his songs on the radio in collaboration of top musicians.
Now Kellindo Parker is ready to carve out a place for himself as a solo artist. Kellindo’s debut song “When Flowers Could Dance” is now available via Creative Entertainment Network/The Orchard, a division of Sony Music.
A blend of rock, soul, funk, and psych, Kellindo forges outside the box. He started young and his childhood was unique and filled with music, singing opera in the Children’s Choir at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center from 9 through 12 years old.
With musical influences in the family, Kellindo’s uncle Maceo Parker made a name for himself for his work with James Brown in the 1960s, as well as Parliament-Funkadelic in the 1970s. Parker was a prominent soloist on many of Brown’s hit recordings, and a key part of his band, playing alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. So, it’s no surprise Kellindo went on to study jazz guitar as well as classical and jazz music history at the Manhattan School of Music. After college Kellindo formed his first band, Parker and started to make a name for himself in the NYC club scene, the band would go on to win the Best Band Award at renowned live music venue Arlene’s Grocery.
As word started to spread about the up and coming guitarist, his uncle Maceo Parker asked him to join him on a world tour as his lead guitarist. Upon his return, he started working with Grammy nominated artist Janelle Monae in 2006 and has not looked back.
Their collaboration has led to many successes. Originally brought on to be her lead guitarist, Kellindo also became a collaborator and co-arranger on ”Many Moons” from the Grammy nominated Metropolis album, he also co-wrote “Mushrooms and Roses,” “Come Alive” and “Dance or Die” from Monae’s Archandroid album.
In 2013 Kellindo’s songwriting continued to flourish when he co-wrote “Q.U.E.E.N,” “Sally Ride,” “Victory,” and “We Were Rock and Roll” from Monae’s critically acclaimed album Electric Lady. While Kellindo still works with Monae, he has also established himself as a successful songwriter, recently signing a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.
Parker is building buzz as a solo artist, playing venues across New York releasing “When Flowers Could Dance” on all digital outlets and streaming platforms.