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How did you come by your stage name?
Well my actual first name is Kennedy and all of my people call me Ken. Everything that I do in my life, including music, is to build up my kingdom. I want to leave a legacy as well as continue to build my family’s kingdom. It’s also a goal for how I carry myself. I called myself that to give me the confidence to walk the walk and talk the talk of the man I wanted to be.
So I just put Ken in the word kingdom. It’s still pronounced as “Kingdom” though. Autumndale, my brand, was named after the street I grew up on in Tennessee. I became everything that I am now when I lived on that street. So my team and I named the brand after the street so we could keep the name alive forever.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I’ve had a love for entertainment my whole life. The funny thing is, I always said I’ve been doing this since I was 12 or 13 when honestly my foundation for this was laid far before that. When I was in elementary school, Nelly and Bow Wow were who I looked up to. Nelly was always super fresh and Bow Wow was a sensation and was in movies.
By the time I was like 10, I was heavily into Kanye and OutKast, which made me fall in love with hip-hop. I was on a local weekly TV show in Memphis when I was younger too, so that sharpened my creative mind as well as confidence in any art form, to be honest. That all morphed into me making music when I got to be 13 or so. I studied the greats for years and continued to work hard, so now I have the confidence to push myself out there.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
“Big Pimpin’” is a song about struggling with your status on love. You have people who are more adventurous and don’t wanna be held down by one person, and you have people who fall in love easily and want commitment. The only thing about that is the fact that there are people that are one way but aspire to be another.
That’s what the song is about. In the story, I’m someone who likes to spend time with multiple women and multiple personalities, which is where the “Big Pimpin’” aspect comes in. All of that changes when one of the girls confesses her love for me. Now I’m confused because I’m feeling her even though she was only supposed to be one of many girls I’m talking to. My confusion and indecisiveness make her not trust me as a potential love interest.
That’s where she says “I love you but I can’t do that forever” and “I love you but I can’t see us together”. Not many people wanna be with this kind of person because he/she doesn’t even know what he/she wants. I’ve been on both ends of that gun. So I just wanted to make a transparent song about indecisiveness in love.
What are your plans for the near future?
I have a few different things locked and loaded right now, timing is the key component. I have a good amount of singles that will be released this year, ones that I am very confident with. They will give the world a deeper look into my artistry and hunger as a creative.
I also have an EP going through the final stages, mixing and such. I’m working on a full-length album right now, and I’m taking my time on it. We have a lot of special things coming your way very soon. The team at Autumndale is doing a great job and I’m continuing to create good music and improve as an artist.
How can fans find you?
I’m on all streaming and social media platforms. I’m the only Kengdom in the world so if you type that in any streaming platform I’ll come up first. On social media, it’s @kengdomofficial all across the board. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, etc. And if you need any further contact info, all of that good stuff is on my social media. So you can reach out to me and my team via email and the DM at any time for anything.
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