“I don’t make gospel or hip hop. I make LIFE music.”
Born Kendell Willis, Ken The Messenger is an inspirational songwriter and hip hop artist that makes impactful modern 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 pastor, delivered the message of God in a way that people easily understood. He figured if he did the same in his own unique way, he could be more like him.
Ken has set out to make his mark not only in gospel, but in hip hop and R&B too by releasing his debut EP, Mistakes to Masterpiece.
“If we can’t get them in the church to hear God’s message, then we gotta bring God’s message to them.”
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, Nia Allen, and 8x Stellar Award Winner and BET’s Sunday Best Judge, Jonathan McReynolds and is a part of his Chicago management team.
Mistakes to Masterpiece is available on all streaming platforms and music outlets, and can also be heard on WYCA 102.3 FM, 1390AM (Chicago’s #1 station for Gospel music), and many other stations in the midwest and Atlanta.