“I don’t make gospel or hip hop. I make LIFE music.”
Ken the Messenger, born Kendell Willis, is an inspirational songwriter and hip hop artist that makes impactful “life music”. At the intersection of Life and Christianity, he wants to spread the word that you don’t have to be “perfect” to be a Christian; it’s okay to be authentically you and still have faith in God.
Ken developed a strong passion for music and knew that he wanted to make inspirational music with a modern edge after seeing how his Grandfather, a Bishop, delivered the message of God in a way that people easily understood. Ken is an anointed young man with a heart for God who uses music to evangelize and uplift those who feel hopeless. He also encourages the youth by letting them know they can be “Saved and Lit”.
After the release of his debut EP, Mistakes to Masterpiece, Ken’s mission is now to make a bigger mark not only in gospel, but hip hop and R&B as well, while providing an inspirational soundtrack to Life. He continues to create clean music with more lyrical content that authentically hits on the full life experience (love, finances, mental health, emotions, etc.) without removing God from the equation.
“Sometimes as Christians, we often don’t talk about everything. We cover the struggle and how good God is, but nothing else. God is a part of every aspect of life and I want to speak on it through music.”
Ken delivers his message with a modern, upbeat vibe and high energy performance, blended perfectly with elements from his church upbringing. Ken has performed over 50 shows (Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, Las Vegas, and Indiana), including Sofar Sounds Chicago where he received a standing ovation and was asked to return. He’s opened for Tasha Page-Lockhart, The Walls Group, Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy, Nia Allen, and 8x Stellar Award Winner and BET’s Sunday Best Judge, Jonathan McReynolds and is a part of his Chicago-based management team.
“If we can’t get them in the church to hear God’s message, then we gotta bring God’s message to them.”