About Kendall Dean
Get to know Kendall Dean
Kendall Dean is a talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. She has a storied history of live performances, musical arrangements, and professional recordings. She prides herself on her unique sound and musical versatility, breaking boundaries with crossing genre borders. Explore the site and learn more about the musician behind the music. Kendall Dean has been rockin' the heartstrings of the violin for over 20 years since the age of 8.
"I remember being a small child and watching a woman perform violin at my father's graduation ceremony and saying, 'That's what I want to play.' I didn't give up on it and begged my mother to let me take lessons. I was in love."
Her roots are from the rocky coastline of Maine, where she studied Irish, Cape Breton, Scottish, and Classical music for almost 10 years and has now been a violin teacher herself for many years. She grew up learning traditional fiddle tunes and technique with her Uncle and sang harmonies with her mother, who is a trained pianist and pipe organist. Also, her grandmother was a vocalist and guitarist in a Hawaiian style female trio and Dean feels that the love of music has been passed on to her, it's "in her blood".
She's been a member of various bands, from country music to borderline metal music performing as an electric and acoustic violinist and as a vocalist. "I want people of all ages to be able to connect to my music. I want you to feel something. Connection is what life is all about." She is currently studying online with Berklee College of Music to obtain a degree in Film Scoring, and she has attended numerous workshops including one in Dunkeld, Scotland, training with renowned Scottish fiddler, Pete Clark and another in Austin, Texas for violin teacher training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. As a world traveler, Kendall Dean lived and performed on the Hawaiian island of Maui for almost 5 years and she has spent significant time in Ireland, performing music there and immersing herself in the culture.
She recently released her sophomore album, "Catharsis", in April, 2020 and was booked to perform an album release concert at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on Maui. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic shaking the world and changing how we live and work in our daily lives, Kendall has not been able to perform that event and has found herself in a similar situation as other musicians and artists in that she cannot perform regularly at live venues. She has music available for purchase online on all digital platforms and also in physical CD form and she has also recently set up a Patreon account, so please stay tuned for ways you can stay connected and join in to hear live virtual house concerts, and to help support her with doing what she loves and to keep bringing the music to you!
Aloha and Sláinte Mhaith.