Updated: Mar 9, 2021
Kellindo Parker is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and lead guitarist for Janelle Monae. He began playing the guitar at the age of 8 and was propelled into the music scene under the guidance of his uncle, Maceo Parker, saxophonist for James Brown. Since those early years, he has collaborated and co-arranged with Janelle Monae on multiple hits featured on her Grammy nominated albums, “Metropolis,” “Archandroid” and “Electric Lady.” His riff on “Tightrope“ was featured in Target’s 2010 ad campaign. Most recently, Kellindo co-wrote and was featured on Janelle’s “Dirty Computer” album, nominated for Album of the Year at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Kellindo has performed all over the world. He has opened and performed with legends such as Prince, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, and Earth, Wind, and Fire among many others. He was an honorary guest and performer at Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Fashion Show in Dubai 2014. He has appeared on TV, film, and radio, including The Grammys, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, The Ellen Show, NBC’s The Today Show, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, BET Awards and many others. He is currently signed as a songwriter with SONY ATV.