kyndall

What lane does Kyndall, a Houston product of gold grills, laid back energy and smoky vocals want to drive herself in? That’s the initial impression you get by seeing the 19-year-old first appear on screen. Loud orange hair twisted into french braids, grill gleaming from under her bottom lip, brown eyes mixed with intent for success and disgust for what problems her past may have caused her. Her Still Down EP offers plenty of answers yet questions all the same.

For starters, how is it that a Houston born singer can escape from the near canyon that is female R&B in a town that barely gives any singer not afforded the last name Knowles-Carter a shot? How did she scurry off to Los Angeles, create with some pretty solid producers (Maejor Ali, DJ Dahi, Boi-1da) for an EP that sounds like plenty of money and time went into it.

Even in interviews, such as the one where she’s profiled by Karen Civil’s Alley Olivier, she talks like a veteran, someone who’s wise beyond her years. She may not be able to drink legally but she understands her early purpose as a musician, serving a fan base of teenage girls that’s gone through some of the same heartbreak she’s gone through. On the title track to her EP, she strips down her first relationship all the way down to the initial first date. “Word for word verbatim. Every single lyric was my first relationship,” she told Olivier. “We vented, we wrote it out and got all of the reconciliation out and I felt like I needed to get that vulnerable because I don’t think they have really seen that side of me yet.”

It works when you know sort of who you are yet still want to search for something more. With her promo already being handled by Atlantic Records, there’s going to be a little caution attached to a Houston singer to do any and everything Beyonce did before. Same for being a female version of Kirko Bangz, syrupy and sultry, asked to be more Houston than just a singer who could be from anywhere. Kyndall is still down, still rocking H-Town necklaces and keeping herself busy by penning songs about her failures. It works for any rookie, to be as revealing as possible on your first run out. Now to see what life may also offer the burgeoning Houston to Cali talent.