But her mother, Annette Hoffman, born in Georgia and a strong believer in the power of education decided that her daughter’s future would be better served at school, at home in New York. So N’Kenge continued her studies at the H.S. School of Performing Arts, Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School winning kudos for her voice and beauty. At 17 she won the Lena Horne Singing Competition Scholarship, the ASCAP Leiber and Stoller Award and the Leontyne Price Vocal Competition. N’Kenge was crowned Miss Manhattan in the Miss America Pageant which led to appearances on television.
These included Good Morning America which led to a chance to perform the National Anthem for “The Mets” at Shea Stadium. She spent her summers performing at Music Festivals in Europe, Israel, and the Czech Republic and it is therefore no surprise that she can sing fluently in ten different languages! Columbia Artist’s recognized her notable vocal talents and through their auspices has given over 100 solo concerts throughout the United States. While still completing her schooling N’Kenge recorded a solo CD ‘Red Souvenir” and continues to present her own program for students with lesser opportunity in schools throughout the country. This young and energetic singer was recently nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of the leading role in the Elton John/Tim Rice Musical ”Aida” in Arizona, just finished a run of Marion Caffey’s 3 Mo’ Diva’s at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC and returns as a soloist in pop programs with the Indianapolis Symphony, Ottawa Symphony in Canada and the Baltimore Pops Symphony. 2007 will be a big year for N’Kenge in which she makes her debut R&B/Pop album release titled “Center Stage” with famed producer/songwriter Preston Glass.
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