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Currently Nominated for Female Artist of the Year 

Kendi Jean & The Velvet Smokeshow is a Texas Americana band with an edgy female-outlaw, "rock & Soul" mix of original content and covers that all get simmered in our own sauce. Kendi is a 14-time charting songwriter from Fort Worth and is recognized as an Amplify 817 artist .   She and her Smokeshow play all over Texas over 200 shows a year, have headlined a festivals, and have been curating their sound on stage after stage along the way. If you like artists like Band Of Heathens, Lukas Nelson, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Marcus King, Chris Stapleton, Paul Cauthen, and Margo Price, you will pick up what this band is throwing down.  

Kendi's rich vocals have been compared to Carrie Underwood, Janis Joplin, and Bonnie Raitt, but like any artist she likes to think her sound & style is uniquely her own. The Smoking Gun Tour begins  2.16.24 ... when the single is due to release. Smoking Gun is the first single of her 2nd album that will drop in July of 2024. What happens after that? You will have to follow along and see...


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