Updated: Jul 1, 2019
New Orleans, LA
A sweet musical sound can transform the temperament of any being, raise the vibration in any room, and spark inspiration in moments of fear. The lyrical grip of the songwriter creates a powerful vocal which can ignite deep emotions from its listener. This is the type of affect GG Pender ʼs artistry creates for the listener with its soulful
GG was born with the gift of song. At the age of 3, she began showcasing her musical talents. The foundation of her musical gift was strengthened through her church and school choruses and thatʼs where she immediately discovered her passion for songwriting.
Following Hurricane Katrina, GGʼs family relocated to Montclair, NJ where she joined Montclair High School and immediately joined the Chorus Group as a therapeutic relief of the anxiety associated with that catastrophic event. There, she wrote a song entitled “I Cry,” which awarded her the top prize for the prestigious High School Grammy Award Show held annually at Pace University. The song was recorded in the world famous, Jimmy Hendrix Studio in Manhattan, NY.
The soulful yet modern sound of her songwriting was profoundly inspired by industry legends like: the late Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blidge, Lauren Hill, and the late Aaliyah. She has worked with producers such as Gussy Corleone (Chicago), DJ BlaqnMild (New Orleans), Big Choo (New Orleans), singer Casmeʼ (New Orleans/Atlanta) and many other entertainers.
She has written and performed vocals /features on several R&B and hip-hop artistsʼ albums. The release of her single “UNO” (pronounced You Know) produced by Gussy Corleone took off in a major way in the City of New Orleans stimulating a 6-week spin on Nola Next radio and an exclusive featured spotlight in Off Beat Magazine during Mardi Gras 2018.
Q & A
BS: What does music mean to you?
GG: Music is my everything. It's the best way I can express myself. No matter the mood I'm in, music allows me to be whomever I want to be in that moment.
BS: What motivated you to pursue a career in music? GG Pender: Ever since I was a little girl, I was always drawn to music. So I started singing in church choirs and school choirs. I realized I had an ear for it. At 12yrs old, I realized that I knew how to write songs, especially when my friends would sing them back to me. But within these past 5 years, I've realized being a singer-songwriter has more to do with having a positive impact on the lives of people around me. All I ever wanted to do was help people and I believe pursing my music does exactly that.
BS: What challenges have you faced in the pursuit of your music career? GG: Thereʼs been many challenges along the way. The main three: anxiety, the need for approval, and surrendering. Anxiety is basically fear and I was always so afraid of putting myself out there in the beginning. I would have to repeat over and over in my head "Youʼre not gonna fail" because that's just what I thought. Along with the fear(anxiety), I always worried if people would like me or if I bombed a song and if people would talk about it and I didn't like the thought of that. I would settle and sing safe songs so that people would think that I was perfect. But, after awhile that got old and I broke free of that. Lastly, surrendering. Iʼm still learning lessons as it pertains to this. Letting go of everything I've ever known for the unknown is certainly intimidating.
GG Pender continues to place her mark on the music industry and her community through her God-given gift of song/songwriting. Sheʼs dedicated to spreading love, happiness, and inspiration through her craft and looking forward to what the future has in store for her brand!
Checkout her website and Instagram for updates on local performances and events: www.ggpender.com Follow: @ggpender on Instagram
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