Kendall Gerth (США)

    Kendall Gerth was born on February 8, 2004 in central Illinois. Her love for music developed early, and within a few years she was picking out melodies on her Little Tykes piano. By age 5, she was beginning to play piano and sing at the same time for public performances, first at the church, and then at a local coffee shop’s monthly open mic night. Kendall has also participated in the Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude the last three years, using her musical talents to raise nearly $1,500 for the Children’s Hospital. 
    At age 9, Kendall began to experiment with writing her own songs. The first song she completed, “Never Grow Apart”, is about the love she has for her little sister. In June 2014, Kendall attended Songwriter Girl, a songwriting camp for girls run by Nashville hit songwriter Kirsti Manna (Blake Shelton’s #1 hit “Austin”). “Never Grow Apart” was named best song of camp and Kendall won a free recording session of the song with a Nashville producer and session musicians. “The studio experience was amazing," said Kendall. "Learning the process and watching it all come together, I knew instantly that I wanted to do it again." Kendall also had the opportunity to perform her song at the world famous Bluebird Café’s open mic night to a huge response.
    Encouraged by the reception she had in Nashville, Kendall returned to Illinois and continued to write while also trying to be a normal 10 year old child. She completed “No Matter What” and went back to Nashville in October 2014 to record the song with producer Bill Warner. This time Kendall was able to not only contribute all lead and background vocals for the production, but also played all piano, organ and synthesizer parts to complete the song. “I loved the way 'No Matter What' came together, I never imagined that the ideas inside my head could come to life in that way."
    After the second trip to Nashville, Kendall knew she wanted to combine her musical gifts and heart for helping others to try to make as big of an impact as possible. “It’s scary taking this step, because I still want to be a normal kid, but I also want my music to be heard and to use it to help others as much as I can. On my first trip to Nashville, I met Gracie Schram (16 year old singer/songwriter/philanthropist) and hearing her story gave me the courage to step forward and think big." Gracie released a CD at age 10 to raise tens of thousands of dollars for worthy causes. 
    Another strong influence on Kendall are the young girls that run the Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude. The two sets of sisters have put on the event seven years in a row, starting when they were even younger than Kendall, and have raised over $100,000 for the Children's Hospital.