After landing co-writing credits on D’Angelo‘s 2014 comeback effort Black Messiah, which recently took home Grammy Awards for best R&B song for “Really Love” and best R&B album, songstress Kendra Foster has been fine-tuning her own material for an upcoming solo effort. Here, she brings the funk and feels with her new offering “Promise To Stay Here,” premiering on Billboard.
““Promise To Stay Here” came about unlike many of the songs I’ve written with genius producer Kelvin Wooten. Instead of building the song from scratch as we typically do, Kelvin pulled a track from the “vault”. The track screamed Chaka Khan circa Rufus era sound & I totally approached it melodically with a “what would Chaka do” attitude,” the former member of George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic tells Billboard.
Foster adds that the track stemmed from real-life experiences. “I was in a rocky relationship, touring constantly with PFunk, traveling to Huntsville to record, and my relationship was long distance,” she says. “I think of the song as the tie we hope that binds our soul mates or those who we believe to be that. A promise to provide each other with every greatness we can give of ourselves.”
She also teased that her forthcoming album will deliver more notes from her POV. “I don’t intend to preach–my vantage point is often from the conversations I’ve had with myself,” she explains of the genre-blending project. “The album is multidimensional like life in word and sound. At its root, it’s soulful.”
Vibe to Kendra Foster’s “Promise To Stay Here” below.