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Kia Bennett: A New Note in Jazz


Jazz.The language of human sensation brought to life. Abstract, playful, electric, romantic, provocative, and the art form for the lovers, the broken, the strong, the weak, and those searching for euphoric escape.With every note, jazz has the power to embrace the soul. Nu jazz percussion infused with whimsical instruments and the beautiful atmospheric voice of Kia Bennett bring forth a new note in jazz.

Kia Bennett is a beautiful, classy, and down to earth talented singer and songwriter from Washington, D.C. Her music and soulful voice have been described as “cozy,electric, warm, and atmospheric.” As a native of Richmond Virginia and a musical commodity from Howard University, Kia Bennett’s voice has touched the souls of jazz lovers throughout the country and abroad.

She had her first taste of the entertainment industry when she sang with former Washington D.C. group “Entyme”. She was blessed to have the opportunity sing alongside other down to earth soul singers such as Geno Young, Sy Smith, and Yahzarah. Her voice and dedication to music have swiftly moved her up in the ranks of jazz and soul, yet she remains humble and grateful for the voice that God has given her. Through her music, Kia exemplifies the beauty of love and life. In regards to her musical mission, Kia says “I want you to feel high without the feeling of a superficial one . Through my music, I want to create and redefine an atmosphere of love and beauty in all forms and on all levels, embracing you as you embark upon a ‘New but classic feeling’.

With just one soulful note, Kia’s voice has the power to embrace your mind, body, and soul. Her music isn’t just for the elite jazz connoisseurs, nor is solemnly for those  facing the daily struggles of life. Her music is for everyone. No matter your race, religion, age, sexual orientation, or musical background, Kia Bennett’s music has something that every individualKiaBennett2 can take to heart. She reminds us that “My music is universal and for all seasons. You can make love to my music, clean the house, cook, entertain, drive, sleep, relax to my music, get motivated and even get lost in it and be vulnerable..!”

Her music relaxes the mind, eases the body, and embraces the soul with passionate and tender kisses. Kia Bennett’s talent is one that will become renown amongst other leading ladies in jazz and soul. She is known for her sensational and soothing background vocals for international artists D’Angelo, Ledisi, Michael Bolton, Julie Dexter, and Deborah Bond. But her work doesn’t stop there. Kia has had the pleasure of collaborating with house music producer and musician Osunlade, Spanish singer Carlos Mena,Tamara Wellons, Ave To, Shambahala, Ezel, SoulPersona, Twin Cities, and London drummer Nick Van Gelden (original Jamiroquai drummer).

As she continues to collaborate and write for other artists, Kia is becoming nationally recognized as a prominent artist in the jazz, soul, and r&b genres. Recently, as a member of Roy Ayers Music Production band (RAMP), Kia has been selected to participate in a documentary that explores Roy Ayers influence in the music industry. Kia will be featured in this documentary along side Erykah Badu, QuestLove, The Roots, Common, and many others as well, including her mentor John Manuel/RAMP. Kia Bennett is honored to be featured in this documentary, which is still in the works and she thanks God for her success.

In the midst of all her accomplishments, Kia Bennett is truly a beautiful leading lady in the jazz and soul scene. This beautiful and exquisite singer has a voice that will you send you into a dream state, a vibrant journey that will relax your mind and free your soul. Kia Bennett is the truly a new note in jazz…

Be sure to check out Kia Bennett’s music and Roy Ayers Music Production. Prepare your mind for a whimsical and romantic journey that will take you to a higher place.



©Jasmine McGee