He had performed with his brother Floyce as the Austin Brothers, achieving some success. Entertaining was a part of who Royce was, yet he set that part of himself aside to provide a stable income for his family. As a child, Jeannie's vocal ability was constantly being acknowledged by teachers in her schools. They brought what they thought was 'news' to her parents. Time and time again Jeannie's parents reply would be a polite, "Yes, we know that she can sing." What her parents didn't express was their concern.
They also knew the heartbreak and rejection that a life in the music business could bring to their talented little girl. All the while, Royce Kendall listened carefully to his daughter, knowing the inevitable in his heart; she was destined to sing. Kendall cautiously encouraged his daughter to develop her voice. He, the proud father, would sing the harmony parts behind Jeannie's crystal clear - pitch perfect voice. They not only created a unique duo, 'father - daughter;' but also a distinctive sound. Not being one to jump into anything without due consideration, Royce Kendall, approached a friend who had connections in Nashville, TN.
He asked him the question that thousands of hopeful performers ask: "Do you think we're good enough to make it?" The response was yes; and at age 16, Jeannie Kendall found herself at her father's side, pursuing a musical career. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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