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N'kenge

N'kenge

N'kenge


N'KENGE , SOPRANO Anyone who has witnessed a performance by singer N’Kenge is not only amazed by the incredible power and range of her voice, they are often surprised at the sheer range of credits and accolades she has accumulated in a very short time. These include the White House where she sang for President Bill Clinton, London’s West End at the Theatre Royal in a tribute to the late great Ray Charles, solo engagements in New York at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center Read more on Last.fm
N'KENGE , SOPRANO Anyone who has witnessed a performance by singer N’Kenge is not only amazed by the incredible power and range of her voice, they are often surprised at the sheer range of credits and accolades she has accumulated in a very short time. These include the White House where she sang for President Bill Clinton, London’s West End at the Theatre Royal in a tribute to the late great Ray Charles, solo engagements in New York at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, even a worldwide broadcast by NPR from the Library of Congress in Washington, DC highlight the extent to which her star has risen. N’Kenge’s interest in music began at the tender age of three after her mother enrolled her daughter for dance and piano classes as a means of channeling her daughters unusual energy. This decision paid off with recitals and a piano scholarship by age six. However, when N’Kenge discovered that she possessed a singing voice this startlingly mature youngster began devoting herself to its full time development. Her supportive mother taught her many popular songs including the Whitney Houston catalogue of classic ballads in its entirety, and she fondly remembers attending her great grandmothers church in the south whom she credits for her ability to sing gospel as the result of listening and learning from those amazing southern church singers. Via a family connection Motown Records offered N’Kenge a recording contract while still in her teens and encouraged her to move to California.

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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