Janelle Monae’s Guitarist & Collaborator Kellindo Steps into His Own with New Single, “Long Gone” — Available Now!
“This has smash hit written all over it” — Total Rock
He’s Performed with Prince & Stevie Wonder — Plus For Letterman & Obama
Now, Janelle Monae’s Guitarist & Collaborator Kellindo Steps into His Own with New Single, “Long Gone” — Available Now!
Single Lands Ahead of Kellindo’s Forthcoming Rock-Opera Debut, Shattered Rhapsody
Kellindo is best known as energetic side-man and collaborator to Janelle Monae, playing guitar on her four GRAMMY Award-nominated records and touring the world on some of the biggest stages — including the Oscars and GRAMMYs, and for everyone from David Letterman to Karl Largerfeld to The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Not only is he currently putting the final touches to his epic rock-opera album debut, Shattered Rhapsody, but he can also be heard on Janelle’s new single, “Turntables.”
His musical story however, starts way before that…
Born from a gifted bloodline that includes James Brown band members Melvin and Maceo Parker, and the first black law professor at Columbia University — his father, Kellis Parker — Kellindo was just eight years old when he first picked up guitar.
Now, after over a decade of performing with geniuses like Prince and Stevie Wonder, he’s ready to strike out on his own with his own distinctive brand of soul inflected rock ’n’ roll.
A string of eclectic singles (including “When Flowers Could Dance,” which has been streamed over 125,000+ times) and the Summertime Remixes EP on Quickfix Recordings have led to this new release. “Long Gone” is a no-nonsense hook-and-riff driven rocker with a nice, big chorus and the kind of flashy fret work that made him stand out in the first place.
You will be humming it into your mask for days, and Kellindo will soon be a name with no need for associations.
“Long Gone” is available now.
We would like to thank Eric Alper for the press release and artist profile.