TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Tallahassee native Kendra Foster may be a Grammy Award winner, but that doesn’t mean that she’s forgotten about her home and her roots.
In February, as part of a collaboration with D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Foster won the Grammy for Best R&B Song for “Really Love” beating out R&B heavyweights such as Tyrese and The Weeknd.
It was her first major award win in her impressive career.
“I’ll sum it up with ‘Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!’ It was incredible because I didn’t know that we were going to win, I really didn’t,” Foster said of her Grammy win. “I can’t even explain the way you feel when you hear it.”
Foster came home this week to receive recognition from the City of Tallahassee and Leon County. She’s also fresh off of a performance at Tallahassee Nights Live.
Some of the things Foster says she’s most excited to see coming back to her hometown? Family and Friends of course, but she’s also glad to see the trees and the Spanish Moss, a big change from her current residence in Brooklyn.
Foster, a true Tallahassee original who once roamed the halls of Lincoln High School and the campus of Florida A&M, traces her musical roots to First Institutional Missionary Baptist Church on Osceola Street. Foster also collaborated earlier in her career with local resident and funk legend George Clinton, joining Clinton’s long-standing group Parliament/Funkadelic.
Citing social issues and humanity as an inspiration for her work, she refers to her approach to her music as a “multi-dimensional ministry.”
Foster told WCTV that her new single “Promise to Stay Here” released in April and that her new album will out this summer.