Confessional and captivating, kenzie’s left-of-center pop contains the kind of lived-in detail that
immediately stirs up massive emotion. Whether she’s reflecting on a recent heartache or opening up
about common struggles like anxiety, the 19-year-old singer/songwriter infuses every song with
immense sensitivity, along with the same disarmingly genuine presence that’s earned her a major social
media following. But as the Los Angeles-based artist reveals, gaining the courage to speak her truth took
years of self-discovery and quietly building up confidence.
“When I was younger I’d go into songwriting sessions and feel like my opinions didn’t matter, even
though I was the artist,” says kenzie, “but at the same time I was also writing songs alone in my
bedroom, and it felt so therapeutic to get my feelings out. Finally I decided I wanted to start putting out
music I’d written myself—I had a feeling that people could relate to what I was talking about in my songs,
and maybe it would help them in some way.”
Newly signed to Hollywood Records, kenzie matches her unguarded introspection with a moody and
mesmerizing sound that endlessly spotlights her spellbinding vocal work—an element she first began
honing as a little girl in Pittsburgh. “My mom put me in voice lessons when I was six because I was
constantly singing around the house,” says kenzie, who also started dancing at age the young age of two.
“Once I learned how to sing, I ended up falling in love with music.” Soon after moving to L.A. at age 11,
she began collaborating with hitmaking co-writers and producers, releasing an album in 2018. But it
wasn’t until the depths of quarantine that she started to write songs that truly represented her as an
Her debut single for Hollywood Records “100 degrees” unfolds as a dance-ready breakup anthem built
on fuzzed-out beats and shimmering synth tones. “100 degrees” was created with an all-female team of
co-writers, including her frequent collaborator/producer Lenii. Meanwhile, on “paper,” she offers up a
stark but hypnotic slow-burner that perfectly captures the pain of watching the one you love move on.
Earlier this year, kenzie released ‘sickly sweet’. The all-female made record was written by kenzie,
Mariana Stratan, Ellen Murphy, Elizabeth Murphy and Beren Olivia and produced by Lenii. “sickly sweet”
follows the rollercoaster of being in a destructive relationship. The addiction to the highs, and toxicity of
the lows. The repetitive cycle all leading back to the same poisonous place.
Most recently, kenzie shared the deeply intimate track, “anatomy”. It’s an emotionally powerful track
about navigating your way through life in the wake of an absent parent. Written from deep, personal
experiences, the song is also a love letter to her fans and those with similar stories. The video was
directed by Henry DaCosta and choreographed by Maddie Ziegler with dynamic visuals that showcase
kenzie intertwined with a younger version of herself (played by Kendall Ryan Krajewski) and features
shattered frames that come back together to become whole again.
As she continues to piece together her next body of work, kenzie has begun broadening her musicality
by teaching herself to play ukulele and taking up both piano and guitar, in addition to sharpening her
craft as a songwriter. “One of my friends got me a little journal and now I take it everywhere,” she notes.
“I’m always writing down lyrics and song ideas, especially when I’m traveling—I love just putting on my
headphones and going into my own little world; it makes me feel so at peace.” And as she delivers her
most vulnerable output to date, kenzie looks forward to revealing even more of her vast inner world.
“I’ve been on social media for so long and I still feel like there’s so much people don’t know about me,”
she says. “I hope that by sharing my story, I’m able to show everyone that I’m a regular teenager who’s
going through all the same things they’re going through—and I hope it makes them feel like they’re not