Farewell to tour and hello to the worldwide web!
Farewell to tour and hello to the worldwide web!

Farewell to tour and hello to the worldwide web!

Hello world!


Here it goes – my first blog. It’s funny how difficult it is for me to put my thoughts out into the universe. I’ve always been an extremely private person, but I feel a strong desire to express myself in writing and hopefully my thoughts and experiences will resonate with readers on this platform.  

A brief background on me, for those of you who don’t know me: I grew up primarily in Palmer, AK…a place that I will always love. It’s been over a decade now since I’ve left the state, but it has had a huge role in shaping who I am today. After leaving Alaska, I spent 12 years touring the country with my family as the band Redhead Express. We played, or at least traveled through, every state except Hawaii. It was an incredible and life-changing experience, playing thousands of shows and meeting people from all walks of life. While living in Nashville, TN I had the privilege of working with some of the most talented people in the music industry. This is also where I met and married my husband, Kelly. We now have three sweet and rambunctious boys and are currently living in the state of Utah.  

A new chapter

Redhead Express disbanded last fall, 2019, which, although we couldn’t have known it then, was very timely, considering the state of live performances in the year of 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic. Had we not disbanded when we did, I’m pretty sure we might have been stranded on the road somewhere with all of our gigs canceled and no way to fund the trip back home! Transitioning from band-life to quiet family life has been a roller coaster, to say the least. I have loved being able to throw myself into mothering my boys and we have all thrived on a more consistent schedule. I’ve been able to start homeschooling my oldest, who is in Kindergarten, and explore new interests myself, including taking a family herbalist course (which I’m loving!). Conversely, I have also genuinely missed traveling and expressing myself through music and writing. Along with the desire to write, however, I’ve experienced a season of writer’s block. So I guess this blog is a way for me to unblock my thoughts and connect with the wide world from my home. I remember being asked from time to time in my travels “Do you miss being part of a neighborhood and community?” My answer was always that I just had a much bigger neighborhood. It extended from the Florida keys, on up to Maine and Delaware; across to Tennessee & Missouri, over to Idaho and up to Alaska. I miss associating with all of you! I look forward to connecting with you here.

Wrapping up

To reiterate what I said at the beginning, it’s always challenging for me to put myself out into the world…I battle thoughts in my head like ”What if no one likes what I have to say?”, “What if nothing I say resonates with people?”, “What if I don’t really have anything significant to share with the world?”, what if, what if… but I know I’m not alone in this type of self-talk!

So here I am! I’m Kendra Stevenson, wife to Kelly, mother of 3 beautiful boys. I’m passionate about music, traveling, mothering, homeschooling, holistic healing and learning how to live more organically. This blog will a fun way for me to share my journey and learn from you! I’ll be blogging about all of the above (in between wrangling my boys, of course)…I’ll be sharing music & music/performing tips, homeschooling ideas and resources, recipes, random thoughts, etc. Let me know if there’s something specific you’d like to hear from me!  

With love, Kendra

28 Comments

    1. Carol Hollatz

      Interesting I just come across your blog. I always wondered what your sisters were all up to now. We have missed seeing good, clean entertainment since you have retired. Family is important first.

  1. Pam Benthall

    Best wishes on this new adventure. I had the pleasure of meeting you and your beautiful family while on tour. (Meeker, Co). My daughters, Kayleigh and Morrigan fell in Love with you, and were thrilled to cook pizza’s for you. When you are near Meeker, I’ll be happy to cook for you again!
    With MUCH love and Admiration <3
    Pam, Kayleigh and Morrigan

  2. Ron Kuehnle

    Thank you Kendra for taking the time to write your first blog. I enjoyed reading it. It must be a little challenging since by nature you are a private person. I hope you continue to write and sing. Thank you for taking my song requests at the strawberry festival. I was watching a Facebook memory from 3 years ago when you took my request to sing Somewhere Where The Road Don’t Move. It makes me miss so much seeing you and your sisters on stage. It’s makes me sad it ended yet I am grateful for the memories. By the way I messaged you on messenger. I hope Kelly and the children are doing well.

  3. Kathryn A

    Hello! I saw redhead express in Sandpoint idaho when I was visiting my grandma during the fall off track a few years back. I would certainly love to read the music/performing tips…as I’m a sort of new musician myself.
    Love from Texas 🙂

  4. I saw you several years ago when you were down in Branson, MO and loved it!! Many, many years ago I was part of a traveling band and It was fun but I was not sorry when it ended. Tiring and sometimes very frustrating. GODSPEED to you and your whole family!!!!

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