Kellindo Comes On Strong With Long Gone

Janelle Monae’s longtime guitarist steps into the solo spotlight with his new single.

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Kellindo arrives in style with his new single and video Long Gone — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

A preview of his rock-opera debut solo album Shattered Rhapsody, the Hendrix-via-Kravitz funk-rocker also serves as a re-introduction of sorts for Kellindo. Best known as energetic sideman and collaborator to superstar Janelle Monae, he has played guitar on her four Grammy-nominated records, toured the world with her, performed on Oscar and Grammy telecasts, and rocked out for everyone from David Letterman to Karl Largerfeld to President Barack Obama.

His musical story, however, starts way before that. Born from a gifted bloodline that includes James Brown band members Melvin and Maceo Parker, and the first black law professor at Columbia University — his father Kellis ParkerKellindo was just eight years old when he first picked up guitar. Now, after over a decade of performing with geniuses like Prince and Stevie Wonder, he’s ready to strike out on his own with his own distinctive brand of soul-inflected rock ’n’ roll.

A string of eclectic singles (including When Flowers Could Dance) and the Summertime Remixes EP have led up to Long Gone, a no-nonsense riff-driven rocker with a nice, big chorus and the kind of flashy fretwork that made him stand out in the first place. You’ll be humming it into your mask for days.

Watch Long Gone above, hear more from Kellindo below, and keep up with him on his website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.