Kendra Erika Strikes a Pose at 'Night of 1000 Madonnas'

Tuesday October 17, 2017

One of today's rising divas of the dance floor will help to pay tribute to the mama diva of them all on Saturday, October 28, when Kendra Erika performs "Vogue" at the "Night of 1000 Madonnas" Halloween gala taking place at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.

We spoke to the singer at Shelborne, where she was busy preparing for another production, "The Oasis Show," a more intimate show she is starring in that takes place this Friday at 11 p.m. in Shelborne's fabulous drawing room.

Has Madonna been an influence in your music career?

Kendra Erika: Madonna has had an effect on everyone's career in the music business. She has done such an incredible job with every one of her projects, writing and developing the creative aspect of them, as well as how she wants to present herself. Yes, people may argue that she has been about shock value, but there's an art form behind her shock value, in that it rattles and throws the apple of discord into society. This has led to a lot of progressive movements in society, especially for the LGBTQ community, and for children in need. It's something that I am trying to bring back in my artistic process as well, because I feel a lot of the shock in today's music has grown cheap, dry, petty, and unoriginal. Without judgement, it's just something I don't want to follow. I'll do me, like Madonna did her.

What do today's clubbers need to know about the Material Girl's importance to the dance floor?

Kendra Erika: Madonna's music doesn't allow the beat to hide the message. Most of what today's dance music offers a redundant message that's hidden by a beat. Although it is facilitating a fun emotion, it's deceiving. What I've learned from Madonna is that she kept and keeps improving her message to want to unify, and the beat only enhances that, and makes it playful. I never want to be vindictive when I write dance music, I only want to stay authentic to the broader scope of feelings and thoughts people can evoke while listening to it.

Has Madonna been an influence in your career?

Kendra Erika: I enjoy her classics such as 'Holiday,' 'Vogue,' and 'Express Yourself," --
but I have to say the most impactful album for me was 'Ray of Light.' I love hearing about an artist's process, and how they're being vulnerable about it, and not leaving any stone unturned when it comes to coming to the reality of being human. The first song on that album 'Drowned World/Substitute for Love' describes how hectic maintaining her high-pressure life was, and then from there, each song is a sort of battle plan on how that particular aspect of her life will be improved and addressed. The last song, "Mer Girl" is basically a poetic movement describing how she is going to become the better version of herself, especially with having a child. It's a journey that most people don't bother to see or pay attention to, but something that will help understand not only Madonna, but everyone else around them. Stay woke, loves!

How did you come to choose to perform 'Vogue' at 'Night of a 1000 Madonnas?'

Kendra Erika: When you're asked to perform at a Madonna tribute event, you want to make sure you're performing that one song that is celebrated by the community that supports you so vigorously.

Will this be your first time working with Tracy Young?

Kendra Erika: Yes, and I am so honored and excited. You have to respect artists like Tracy who have been an integral part of a progressive movement, and ones that let their work, and not their postings, speak for itself.

You're also performing The Shelbourne on Friday. Please explain what you will be performing at 'The Oasis Show.'

Kendra Erika: I will be going back to my roots of theatre, classical, jazz, and basically that intimate vibe and setting. I'll also be deconstructing some of my favorite songs, as well as my own. I named the show 'Oasis' because I plan to take people to that authentic spot where that raw sentiment can be experienced. The desert is filled with bass drops, but it's always nice to perform in a natural way, so that you and the audience can get hydrated in the oasis.

Kendra Erika's latest single, "Under My Skin," is available on iTunes, Amazon, and all other major retailers