Detroit Duets: Alena D'Amico and Kenny Watson

One of four Detroit Duets performing at 'The Ford Fireworks' - June 24 at 8 p.m.

By Juliana Vaccaro - Programming Intern

Meet Alena D’Amico and Kenny Watson! They will be performing as part of the Detroit Duets on this year’s “The Ford Fireworks” presented by The Parade Company. You can watch them and many others on Local 4 and live streamed on ClickOnDetroit Monday, June 24 starting at 8 p.m.

GET TO KNOW ALENA

Alena D’Amico knew she loved singing since elementary school, performing in talent shows and festivals. She recently participated in Season 16 of "The Voice" in Team Kelly Clarkson. Aside from music, Alena has also pursued a career in cosmetology and started her own company, The Beauty Gals.

What’s your favorite part of being a musician?
I love expressing emotion and how I feel through music. 

What artists have influenced you?
I have so many! Celine Dion, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera, Selena, Whitney Houston, and Shania Twain. 

What has been your favorite performance so far? 
Definitely my blind audition on "The Voice"! It was so much fun!

Who would you like to get a chance to work with?
Celine Dion or Christina Aguilera.

What would be your dream venue to perform in?
Somewhere with a sold out stadium.

If you could meet any musician in history, who would it be? Why?
Hmmm. Celine Dion! She’s an incredible singer and I love what she stands for.

What’s a “guilty pleasure” song you love but might not want people to know?
"The Macarena"

What’s one advice you’d give to anyone thinking about becoming a musician?
DON’T EVER GIVE UP! 

FAST 4 FAVES!

Favorite color? Light pink

Favorite movie? A Star Is Born, currently

Favorite snack? Reese's Cups or Almond Joys

Favorite place in Detroit? Belle Isle

FOLLOW ALENA ONLINE!

Facebook: @Alenadamicomusic
Twitter: @Alenadamico
Instagram: @alenadamico

GET TO KNOW KENNY

From Motor City, Kenny Watson’s work is dedicated to music and social outreach. He has performed in the Mike-E and Afroflow Tour, partnering with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to spread cancer awareness to youth audiences through music. In 2016, he released his EP, "The Feeling."

What’s your favorite part of being a musician?
My favorite part about being a musician is being able to make melody and entertain the interest of the listener. 

What artists have influenced you?
I’ve been influenced by a lot of the greats. From Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Donny Hathaway, to Marvin Gaye, Donald Fagan, and Daryle Colley. And everything Hip Hop. 

What has been your favorite performance so far? 
My favorite performance was a Stevie Wonder Tribute that I did with some good Detroit friends and musicians this past Spring. 

Who would you like to get a chance to work with?
I would like to get a chance to work with Bobby McFarrin. He’s my first thought. But my heart in music is open to anyone willing to make beautiful noise. 

What would be your dream venue to perform in?
Madison Square Garden

What’s a song you’d like to perform that you haven’t yet? 
I’d like to perform "Manha De Carnival" by Luiz Bonfa on a classical stage. 

If you could meet any musician in history, who would it be? Why?
It would be Prince. Because of his passion and insight and intimacy with sound and rhythm. 

What’s a “guilty pleasure” song you love but might not want people to know?
“Shake what your mama gave you”-DJ Deeon 

What’s one advice you’d give to anyone thinking about becoming a musician?
My advice would be live it! Study, study, stay. Stay open to new ideas and cherish the old. And bring light and life and heartache and understanding to the listener. Be thankful for such sound and have fun!

FAST 4 FAVES!

Favorite color? Blue

Favorite movie? Not a movie fan

Favorite snack? Butterfingers

Favorite place in Detroit? Griot Lounge

FOLLOW KENNY ONLINE!

Facebook: @KennyWatsonMusic


Don't forget to watch Alena and Kenny perform on "The Ford Fireworks" presented by The Parade Company on Monday, June 24 starting at 8 p.m. on Local 4.

And meet our other Detroit Duets, LaShell Renee and LG, Rocky and JonPaul Wallace, and Beth Griffith-Manley and Theo Spight!

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