This might explain why Jones, who grew up in Washington, DC, finished at the top of her high school class and went on to graduate from Princeton University. The daugher of two lawyers, Kwanza foresaw a career on the business and legal side of the entertainment industry. However, a chance meeting with Quincy Jones and a performance at the world famous Apollo Theater, altered her course. Despite the lure of the Hollywood lights, Kwanza chose to spend time in New York City honing her songwriting skills, teaching herself guitar, attending law school and "getting some life lessons." She credits her experience during a rigorous nine-day climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, as teaching her about the power of perseverance. Kwanza reached the top via the Western Breach -- one of the most difficult and dangerous routes, which was later closed because people died from rock-fall.
She says, "I could have taken an easier route but where's the fun in that?" Other life experiences include Kwanza's brush with "love gone wrong," when she was kicked out of her New York apartment during the winter. This planted the seeds for her anthemic songs about strength and self-reliance. These songs can be heard in her upcoming release, Supercharged. This album, a fusion of dance and pop, is produced by Luke Tozour (Katy Perry, Mika, Adam Lambert, Selena Gomez). Wen asked to describe herself, Kwanza says, "I'm a gladiator in a thong." In talking about her new songs, Kwanza says, "it's music for superheros and divas (or those who want to be." Kwanza is an outspoken supporter of equality and empowerment causes.
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