For every pop tart, there are countless talents whose music isn't exposed to enough people. Kendra Morris has been kicked off three different singing-competition series, exponentially upping her credibility factor. The Florida-bred, New York – based singer-songwriter let loose her powerhouse voice on her debut full-length, Banshee (2012), creating painstakingly crafted songs illustrating her soul and jazz background with a modern approach. Her rich tones wrench the life out of “Today” and ooze syrupy over “How You Want It.” For her own amusement, Morris released a weekly series of cover songs. From a saucy take on Metallica's “Ride the Lightning” to a hair-raising version of Chris Isaak's “Wicked Game,” she's collected her covers on the album Mockingbird (2013). Whatever the song, Morris' voice is by turns heartbreaking and empowering but ultimately soulful.
Sun., June 15, 10:45 p.m., 2014
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