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Kourdell Shows Up to Show It

Sometimes an artist’s story arc seems like it was written by a Hollywood script wizard. Kourdell, a New York State native, has had a successful life doing things in the background – such as being a dancer on MTV, BET, and performing at Madison Square Garden. Completing his bona fides it looks like he’s ready to become the main attraction. And dear readers, let me tell you, the word “ready” is an understatement.

Kourdell’s song “Just Show It” (available on his Spotify page) is a breakout track in a million ways. First, his vocals are captivating and resonant – with crisply articulated lyrics and a romantic swagger that Cary Grant would admire. The beat too is an engineering work of art. With phased guitar strums, and ear-candy vocalizations in the background – morphing drums a la Bjork’s “Vespertine.” The track evolves in a way that shows it was meticulously crafted.

There’s also an interesting sci-fi/space-themed lyric video on YouTube. Here we get to see Kourdell’s visual arts side. He seems like a classy guy, which goes with the style of his music, so no surprise there. I end up reviewing a lot of music as part of my day job, and I feel like I have a pretty good sense of whose music is going to gain traction, and I can say confidently that Kourdell is a safe bet.

KOURDELL Interview: Freshly inspiring New York state of mind mentality

We sat down with the ultra talented KOURDELL to slice it up music-wise. He lets up deep within the NYC underground and shows us why he stuck up for himself at school and followed his soul despite many challenges.

Hello there KOURDELL. Gosh, we’re huge fans of your name and music equally. Thank you for your time today. First, have you always dreamt of being a musician, or how did it all start?

Hey there, thank you so much for your support and your time as well! I’ve always dreamt about being a worldwide performer. It’s not something I ever planned to be. I just always have been an artist inside. I remember wanting to sing and dance in preschool, at a time when I was told that boys don’t sing and dance. I still followed my soul and knew there was no other option for me.

Please tell us more about your exciting debut single, Just Show It.

My new single “Just Show It” is my debut! It’s my first original production that I shared with the world. Produced by my friend Raymond Scavo III, who just got nominated for his first Grammy! It describes exactly where I’m at in life. As I progress on my journey of becoming who I am supposed to be, I want the people who say they love and support me to, Just Show It! If not, that’s ok! I can do bad all by myself.

If you could share the stage with any 3 artists of your choosing, who would you choose?

That’s tough to narrow down! But I will have to choose:

Drake – because he has written the soundtrack of my entire life every step of the way.

Rihanna – she is the major blueprint and inspiration in my artistry.

Summer Walker – her soulfulness is something I connect to deeply, I will be able to sing the soul music I love the most, and we’re both Aries.

New York. Have you always lived there and what inspires you most about this enormous city?

I have lived here my whole life. What inspires me the most about NYC is that anything is possible. You can be whatever and whoever you want to be at anytime. But the real and authentic will always come out on top over here. NYC is as real as it gets! Brings out your inner beast.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Do not let anyone steal your peace and joy.”

A recurring piece of advice that has been given to me throughout my life and the most important to me. Don’t give weak people power over you!

Where would you recommend fans watch quality underground live music in your local area?

This is New York City, so there are so many options and always a new place to explore. But I would say Village Underground, The Cutting Room, and The Bitter End, are some to name a few.

Last, do you have anything cookin’ music/tour-wise in 2023 that you can share with us?

2023, the sky is the limit for my music! I am going to release my first EP in the spring. I’m looking forward to many live performances that I will keep you guys updated to look out for!

Listen up on Spotify. Find out more on IG.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen