Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenan Amori.
Hi Kenan, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Hello, my name is Kenan Amori. I am a Hip Hop artist from Washington, DC, and my passion for music started as a child. My mother and father always had music playing in the house, from DC icons like Marvin Gaye and Chuck Brown to R&B legends like The Temptations and Curtis Mayfield. I remember being 4 years old and my father lining all my siblings and me up side by side, teaching us the lyrics and choreography to every song by The Temptations. My father was determined to have one of us fall in love with performing, and it just so happens I was the one who chose music as a way of life. Unfortunately, my father passed away in December of 2001 when I was 5 years old. Around that time, my mother learned from a cardiologist that I was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. This devasting news made me give up singing and dancing because my father was gone, and I couldn’t play any extracurricular activities because of my health condition. I almost lost all hope as a child until a year later when my uncle moved into the house with me, and my mother and I discovered a thing called Hip Hop. I remember going into my uncle’s room to listen to artists such as Nas, Mos Def, Lil Bow Wow, 2pac, and Nate Dogg. I would stare at the 2pac poster my uncle had on his wall, amazed at how cool 2pac looked as he posed for his album cover. I knew at 7 years old I wanted to be a rapper and tested my skills at a black history month poetry contest my elementary school was having.
I recited an original poem I wrote about the blues singer Ma Rainey called The Mother of Blues, and I won first place for the best poem, a certificate, and a gold black history month medal. From then on, I kept writing poems and raps until I started to record these writings in a recording studio as a teenager. But it wasn’t until I was 19 when I was first recognized as a Hip Hop artist. Baltimore activist and filmmaker Bashi Rose asked me to write and record a song for his documentary on activist and author George Jackson. The documentary was George Jackson: Releasing the Dragon (A Video Mixtape) for The Real News Network. A year later, I released my mixtape, A Breath of Fresh Air, and performed at the 20th annual port towns day for Mayor Mrs. Takisha James of Bladensburg, Maryland. Also, I performed on Gospel Live talk show and 4 Sisters Live talk show on VOXWAV.com.
In conclusion, I have performed at various nightclubs, churches, community events, and birthday parties in the DMV area. I’ve released 3 EPs, and a mixtape called A Breath of Fresh Air, Who is Kenan Amori?, Love for Sale, and Smile Through the Pain. I hope my music inspires the listeners to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There have been many challenges along the road, like health issues, lack of family support, and being betrayed by people I thought were friends. But my love for making music keeps me determined to follow my dreams.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I am Hip Hop artist that specializes in making people feel good and believe in themselves. Also, I am known for being a versatile Hip Hop artist that transcends all genres of music from R&B, Gospel, Pop, Rap, etc. I am most proud of the testimonies people tell me of how my music impacted their lives. Finally, my comfort with being myself in my artistry sets me apart from others.
What matters most to you?
What matters to me the most is happiness and gratitude because no matter how successful you are in life. If you are not happy and grateful, you’ll never fully enjoy the fruits of your labor.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamkenanamori/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kenan.amori.14
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamkenanamori
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoAvR9jpbT9bGyiB5soX2ag
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-138718528
Photo Credit to Marlo Thomas photography.