It’s hard for a musician to make a mark in the very competitive industry of music and entertainment; it’s even harder for a musician to prosper by performing a niche genre in a country like India that is listening to popular tunes on the radio. Kenishaa Francis, however, is on her way to greatness by sprinkling some African Latin into the ears of her fans. The talented musician was one out of twenty contestants that was selected to perform in the reality music show, “The Stage”. Although she didn’t win the game show, she not only discovered her true love for the African Latin genre, but also received the platform she needed to boost her to the forefront of the music industry.
I’m a learning and development expert since it is difficult for musicians in India to make money, you need to pay your bills and hence this is my choice.”
It’s a hard knock life
It was pretty hard for Kenishaa to make ends meet being a musician. So, the musician took up a part time job as a soft skill trainer. She says,”I’m a learning and development expert since it is difficult for musicians in India to make money, you need to pay your bills and hence this is my choice.” She however didn’t lose focus on her path to musical stardom as she felt passionately about it. Working on something passionately provides a person with an umbrella that shields you from anything trying to destroy that passion, she believes. Music was her motivation, and therefore, she did what it took to follow her heart and pursue her passion. While working part time, she still uploaded musical covers and videos on Youtube, Facebook, and other social media platforms.
Opportunity of a lifetime
One particular video that Kenishaa posted went viral and eventually landed in the hands of Mr. Eshaan Noorani, one of the judges from the reality show, “The Stage”. He later shared the video saying he liked Kenishaa’s voice, which got the singer excited and more importantly, aware about the show, “The Stage”. Although the program wasn’t very well acclaimed at that point, and was just going to air their pilot show, Kenishaa auditioned for it and was one of the twenty selected, from a group of over a 1000 people.
It broke me down as an artist to understand what I really wanted to do with music, where I wanted to go, and how much I really knew about myself.”
From a caterpillar to a butterfly
She then moved to Bombay and was invigorated by the atmosphere that she was put in. Bombarded by the judges, the crew, the team, and the environment in general, she says it was a celebrity’s lifestyle that she was living. Instinctively knowing that her life would be different after the show, she was ready to transform. However, the caterpillar goes through a lot of struggle before becoming a butterfly. Kenishaa says, “It broke me down as an artist to understand what I really wanted to do with music, where I wanted to go, and how much I really knew about myself.” Being a part of a nationally watched TV show was a blessing, she says, and it opened up an abundance of opportunities for her in the industry. “The Stage” gave Kenishaa the privilege to do what she wanted with her career and she’s very thankful for the opportunity.
I know there is talent in every soul, everybody is talented in some way or the other. “
Kenishaa is now living her dreams, creating a lot of commercial covers, touring with her band, and is even in the process of recording an album. Finally having achieved her dreams, and finding her place in the music industry, she advises other budding aspirants in all fields about the attitude one must take up to dominate in their respective fields. She says, “I know there is talent in every soul, everybody is talented in some way or the other. “ And no talent will be wasted as she feels that there are enough and more opportunities for a particular skill or talent. And, once you’re happy and passionate about what you do, they journey itself teaches you a lot. To sum it all up, Kenishaa’s endeavor teaches us to be bold, take chances, and keep your eyes on the prize for a successful path in a certain domain.