Johnaye Kendrick music faculty

Voice, Ensemble

Johnaye Kendrick



GRAMMY®️ nominated vocalist, composer, and educator, Johnaye Kendrick emerged as a leading light in a generation of internationally acclaimed jazz artists. She received her BM from Western Michigan University, her MM from Loyola University, and an Artist Diploma from the incredibly selective and prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute. One of only 3 singers to have ever graduated from the illustrious program, Johnaye would go on to create with such luminaries as Ellis Marsalis, Christian McBride, and Nicholas Payton. The late great NEA Jazz Master, Jimmy Heath, is quoted to have felt that, “Johnaye is not just a vocalist. She is a complete musician with a beautiful instrument and open ears.”

Most recently, in 2020, Kendrick’s vocal ensemble, säje, received their first GRAMMY®️ nomination in the Best Arrangement, Instruments, and Vocals category, for their original composition, Desert Song.

She is a recipient of the 2019 Artist Trust Fellowship Grant, the Chamber Music of America 2020 Performance Plus Grant, the 2020 Visions and Voices Performance Grant, and 2020 Earshot Northwest Vocalist of the Year.


BM, Jazz Studies
Western Michigan University

MM, Jazz Studies
Loyola University

Artist Diploma
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz