Beltway Buzz

Kendall King Live Recording offers symphony of Joyous Sounds

Kendall with thr choir

Kendall King showcased her musical versatility during her live CD/DVD recording on Saturday, May 18. The concert was held at Beyond the Veil Worship Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.

The concert was a tour de force that shined the spotlight on Kendall King’s ability to not only pen great music, but to deliver it in a spirit of excellence.

Kendall King is a multi-talented artist. She is a soloist, director, composer, arranger, and pianist. In 2011, she released her sophomore album, “Faithful” to rave reviews and won the 2012 Rhythm of Gospel Award for Song of the Year for “Crazy Praz.”

King is also an astute songwriter and penned songs that reach into the recesses of the soul. The diversity of the songs included plaintive entreaties, joyous adoration and great foot-stomping, hand-clapping music.

Stellar Award winner Phillip Carter introduced King and the concert was soon underway. At the beginning King said she often felt most comfortable as a choir director. She expertly displayed this other dimension of her repertoire to the delight and in some instances, surprise of those in attendance.

King took her rich cast of background vocalists seamlessly through each number. It appeared that the choir she assembled not only delivered dynamic vocals, but seemed to feed off the energy King exuded as she slipped into choir director mode.

Kendall King was very unselfish in her song distribution. She could have easily kept these songs for herself, but instead she distributed them among some of the DMV’s best talent for this recording. Vanessa Williams, Dodi Allen, Thomas Sligh, Andrew Robinson, Elise McCain, Rick Pringle, Rev. Marc Williams and Lisa Locke each etched their unique signature on each song.

The recording was rich with  dynamic and stellar performances. Some of the many highlights included Vanessa Williams delivering “Lead Me To The Rock” with the passion that  so often distinguishes her work. Later in the evening her daughter, Lisa Locke brought her best on “We Bless Your Name” and proved that the musical gene runs deep in this family.

Vanessa William sings

Vanessa Williams singing “Lead Me To The Rock”~ Photo: Sheryl Stradford

Andrew Robinson electrified the audience with “Holy and Righteous” which led to an extended praise break as Rev. Marc Williams acknowledged the need to continue the praise before he delivered “I Am.” Elise McCain delivered a bouncy up-tempo “He Changed Me.”

The choir was  was filled with talent that included Gospel Blue M.I.C. Award winner Robert E. Person, Lisa Locke, Sherice Payne, Kathy Richburg, Precious Holmes, Felicia Edwards, Angie Somers, Mickel Foster, Laverne Thompson, Lloyd Pernell, Brian Spriggs, Rev. Richard Swain, Lamar Hortman, JLashawn Williams, LaShon Kirby, Karen Pernell, and Kim Swain. It was a synergy born out of longstanding musical alliances. Her musical director Joseph Willett led the band that consisted of  Lamonte Silver, Jason Green, Beau Talley, Marcus Gray, Chris Howden.

The live recording served as an awesome demonstration that Kendall King is a songwriter who trusts her message can be delivered through other gifted vessels. Her strategic assembly of singers was reminiscent of a conductor carefully crafting each section to create the perfect symphony of sounds.

Several DMV’s artists were spotted in the audience. Mike McCoy, Rob Mercer, Jimmy Russell, Pastor Jerome BellGinger on Sax and Martin Cornwell were all on hand to support their friend.

Kendall King and Jimmy Russell

Photo: Sheryl Stradford

Kendall King and Dodie Allen

Photo: Sheryl Stradford

For more information about Kendall King, visit


Sarah Hearn
the authorSarah Hearn
Sarah Hearn is Editor-in-Chief of, founded in 2011. The site was recently named among Feedspot's Top Gospel and Christian Music Websites.  Sarah is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Gospel Music Association.
error: Content is protected !!