From: TN, United States
singer. writer. ninja.
"Old soul, but young hearted" are the common words used to describe the passionate, driven actress, painter and singer/songwriter Kennedy Nöel. This 2 time cancer survivor, all by the age of 18, has a new outlook on life, and is ready to take the world by storm with the release of her much anticipated new EP called Cross Over. "Cross Over is like a storybook of the last year of my life. It starts with my journey of facing cancer, falling in love, surviving, and choosing to live a full life, even in the darkest of circumstances." - KN
Although well experienced in acting with credits ranging from independent film projects, The Running and Plates, to major network TV appearances in Crossing Jordan, I’m With Her, and Majors & Minors, Kennedy’s first love has always been music. At the tender age of 8, Kennedy played the piano at the 2006 Grammy Award Ceremony for Kelly Clarkson’s performance of “Because of You.” Kennedy also played the lead role in the video version of the same song, and has appeared in other videos for Jarrod Neimann, Tenth Ave. North and Chris Folsom.
Since moving to Nashville from Los Angeles, Kennedy was introduced to song-writing at a very early age. She has had the honor of co-writing with Grammy winning and top 10 chart writers such as Matt Squire, Andy Dodd, Jessi Alexander, and noted writers Molly Reed, Matt Bronleewe, Megan Kabir, August Rigo, and many more. Kennedy and Molly won Song of the Year's songwriting contest in 2012 in the pop category, and she also made it to the semi-finals in a local songwriting competition comprised of adults when she was only 12 years old. Kennedy's bold lyrical stories have caught the attention of seventeen.com, Dream and J-14 magazines.
Kennedy’s first live performance in Nashville at the age of 11 was at the famous BLUEBIRD CAFÉ. The energy she received from the audience lit the fire to begin playing around town, and ultimately start touring. Since then she has played at multiple venues and festivals in and around Nashville, and competed in Rocketown's Battle of the Bands and won Music City Booking's Wild Card. She has also been known to join in vocally with the ever popular 80's cover band Rubiks Groove as Cindy Bopper.
Because Kennedy has grown up in the music business, she has been around some of the most influential artists and musicians, and several have even joined her on many of her projects. Kennedy debuted her song "You Have Me" sung as a duet with Kelly Clarkson, and her single “HEROES" features Brian "Head" Welch of Korn on guitars and Lester Estelle of Pillar on drums.
At age 16, Kennedy was diagnosed with stage 4 thyroid cancer, and only 6 months later was diagnosed with Melanoma. To be diagnosed with 2 completely different cancers at such a young age is such a rarity, but that's what makes Kennedy so special. She was determined to beat the odds, and succeed. It's that same drive and passion that fuels her music.
Previously, Kennedy was a featured artist on the t.v. show Majors & Minors on the HUB Network, was featured on Kidz Bop for over 4 years, can be heard singing a featured track on the Barbie DVD “Barbie: A Mermaid’s Tale” and has worked with GeoGiRL, a line of cosmetics for teens, singing their theme song and making appearances on their behalf.
When Kennedy is not out playing live, you can hear her music on iTunes, Spotify and many other world wide outlets, and in over 10,000 retail stores in all 50 states, and on over 70 radio stations.