Musical virtuoso Kellindo is ready to take his place in the line of great American musicians. His childhood was unique and filled with music. He sang opera in the Childrens’ Choir at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center from ages 9-12. While in college Kellindo studied jazz guitar, classical and jazz music history.
Kellindo’s first band, Parker received critical acclaim. They played many popular NYC clubs including CBGB’s and other downtown clubs. Musical greats like David Bowie and fashion designer Agnes B. heard about Parker and came to check them out at CBGB’s. Parkers’ reputation was growing and people wanted to see the guitarist who was evolving into a legend. Parker would go on to win the Best Band Award at renowned live music venue Arlene’s Grocery.
Kellindo’s first world tour was as lead guitarist for Maceo Parker. Next he went on to work with Grammy nominated artist Janelle Monae. He started playing with her in 2006 and has not looked back. This collaboration has lead to many successes. His primary role with Janelle has been as her lead guitarist. But he has also been a collaborator and co-arranger. He co- arranged Many Moons from the Grammy nominated Metropolis album. His success as a writer continued with another Grammy nominated Janelle Monae album Archandroid. He co-wrote three songs on that album including: Mushrooms and Roses, Come Alive and Dance or Die. In 2013 Kellindo’s songwriting process continued to flourish when he co-wrote Queen, Sally Ride, Victory, and We Were Rock and Roll for the critically acclaimed Janelle Monae album “Electric Lady.”
While Kellindo still works with Janelle, he has also established himself as a solo artist. He now works with Sony ATV as a songwriter. His debut single “When Flowers Could Dance” is scheduled to make its debut on various music streams on December 7, 2018. As you listen to the catch melody with the infectious hook, think about Kellindo, the multi-faceted guitarist.