By
Kendall Renee & Marissa Nasiatka

Our Interview with Kendall Renee

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Kendall Renee is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and Lola’s dog mom from Southern California. Her music is her greatest passion, but Kendall’s music is all about the message. She strives to write songs that resonate with her listeners. Kendall strives to make others feel understood and less alone with her songs, as she felt these emotions in regards to her food allergies. Kendall is anaphylactic to 95% of all foods and must use a feeding tube in her stomach to receive nutrition. Kendall is also severely allergic to airborne particles of all nuts. Kendall carries auto-injectable epinephrine with her at all times – and has used it to save her life eight times to date.

None of this has stopped Kendall from pursuing her dreams and career. She released her first album, Original in 2016, dedicating its message to individuals with various differences. Alongside her career as a songwriter and artist, Kendall travels around sharing her songs and story in the hopes of inspiring others going through their own medical struggles. She believes that disabilities can be turned into “superpowers” and can be used to do great things in this world.

Aside from her music career, Kendall was also a highly competitive US Figure Skater for thirteen years. She is currently working on a project to showcase the stories of different individuals with disabilities. Kendall has partnered with Aerie by American Eagle Outfitters, as a changemaker to create a music video showcasing the stories of individuals with special needs. The song and video, for Aerie, focus on bringing hope and inspiration to others worldwide.

Kendall is also a food allergy awareness advocate, working to educate the public about food allergies. She has been a powerful voice within the food allergy community for many years. Kendall serves as a FAACT Ambassador, for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team. She has shared her story in the media on several occasions including: Good Morning America, The Young Icons, ABC7, KTLA, Ability Magazine, and more. 

Interviewed by our Different & Able President and Founder, Alexandra Nicklas, Kendall discusses her life with anaphylaxis, how she advocates for individuals with differences, the body positivity she exudes on social media platforms, and her music.  Through her songs, Kendall hopes that every listener realizes that it is okay to be different and that there is nothing wrong with the original. As Kendall states in her song, Original, “Wise beyond your fears, resilient beyond your years. Don't forget you’re original.”

Kendall Renee | (kendallreneemusic.com)

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