A consummate guitarist, singer and songwriter, Kellindo Parker aka Kellindo easily sounds like an artist you should already know. Having co-written songs and toured with Grammy-nominated artist and actress, Janelle Monae for over a decade, Kellindo breaks out on his own with his new alt-rock single “Sugar.” The guitar riff-based song is the first single from Kellindo’s debut solo album, Games, set to release on February 28, 2020.
Music is in Kellindo’s DNA. His professional music career began when his uncle, Maceo Parker, asked him to join him on a world tour as his lead guitarist. Upon his return, he was hired to be the lead guitarist for Janelle Monae in 2006. Their collaboration blossomed where Kellindo also became collaborator and co-arranger on “Many Moons” from Monae’s Grammy-nominated Metropolis album. He also co-wrote “Mushrooms and Roses,” “Come Alive” and “Dance or Die” from her Archandroid album and co-wrote “Q.U.E.E.N,” “Sally Ride,” “Victory,” and “We Were Rock and Roll” from Monae’s critically acclaimed album, Electric Lady. In addition, Kellindo co-wrote “Take a Byte” and “Americans” as well as co-arranged “Pynk” on Monae’s most recent album, Dirty Computer.
In December 2018, Kellindo released his debut solo single, “When Flowers Could Dance”, which garnered 115,000 streams on Spotify. East Coast Rocker says Parker’s music “blends the best of rock, soul, funk, and psych” and he is “definitely outside the box.” Soulbounce lauded that Kellindo’s “ridiculous skills have allowed him to share the stage with icons like Prince and Nile Rodgers.”
Today, Kellindo is set to release his debut body of work in early 2020. Check out his first single, “Sugar”, which is out now on all music streaming platforms. And stay tuned for the new “Sugar” music video — a tasty treat for the eyes, coming soon!
If you’re in the LA area, catch Kellindo performing live at The Mint ( 6010 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA) on Saturday, Dec. 14th at 9 pm.