Having caught the attention of Sean’ Diddy’ Combs and DJ Khaled through her appearance on Fox’s breakout hit reality show ‘The Four: Battle For Stardom,’ Kendyle Paige is back with her ethereal vocals on ‘Brainless.’
As the lead single of her recently released EP ‘Before We Had Time, We Had Fire,’ ‘Brainless’ introduces Kendyle’s determined attitude for the project, “My noise is not absurd, I am not as foolish as you may have heard…” The song is an outcry of Kendyle’s pent-up emotion, a declaration of her true feelings, a warning to not take her for granted.
Only a few of us are lucky enough to be born with the insatiable desire to perform live in front of an audience, and such is the case with Westlake Pro’s Executive Assistant Kendyle Paige. Ever since the age of nine, Kendyle has strived to follow in the footsteps of her uncle, Grammy Award Winning Jazz flutist Dave Valentin. With a strong work ethic and a burning passion for performing, Kendyle pounded the pavement looking for opportunities to appear on stage. She quickly went from small local stages to legendary New York & Los Angeles venues including The Bitter End, SOB’s, and The Viper Room, just to name a few.
Kendyle continued to climb the ladder when she teamed up with producer Brandon Lee Richardson. Together, the two collaborated to produce Kendyle’s first album, Keep in Mind, It May Be Behind You, which featured her debut single Flower back in 2018. Collectively, the album reached over half a million streams vindicating Kendyle’s passion. With great success, the duo continued working together bringing us to their latest release, ‘Brainless.’
Accompanied by a hypnotic music video directed by Richard Valentin and starring Kendyle Paige herself, ‘Brainless’ is an introspective dialogue with oneself about understanding your self-worth. Led by Kendyle’s powerful vocal stylings that range from smooth and celestial to a hip-hop flow – this pop/electro-R&B track features a simple yet effective kick and rim beat surrounded by ghostly synthesizers that time-traveled to the future from the 80s.
Westlake Pro: Brainless sounds great! Who was involved with this track?
Kendyle Paige: I wrote and performed the song and Brandon Lee Richardson, the producer on my first album, produced, composed, and arranged the track.
WLP: Are there any specific instruments or plugins used to help shape the sound of the song?
KP: Yeah! We did all the recording and sequencing in Logic Pro X and used the Yamaha Motif XS8 for a lot of the sounds. We also used a lot of plugins from iZotope Music Production Suite 4, Waves, and Fab-Filter.
WLP: How have you been able to balance your work with Westlake Pro and your work as an artist?
KP: The positive work environment at Westlake Pro has enabled me to pursue my passions in the industry.
As an independent artist, it’s crucial that I can work full time and still be an artist.
From the catchy earworms that appear on her latest EP, ‘Before We Had Time, We Had Fire,’ which includes ‘Brainless,’ we’re very excited to hear more from Kendyle Paige. She’s in the midst of working on her second studio album, which is set to release in 2022.
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