Take two great voices – hers, warm, rich and soulful, his, heartfelt and bitter-sweet – mix together and stand well back. Welcome to the Kondoors… one knock-out sound.
Jess Greenfield and Gavin Conder became a couple well before they became a duo. They first met twelve years ago, but only stumbled on their unique musical chemistry much later on. Both had already established themselves as must-see live performers by the time they met, supporting a roll call of big names, including Brian Adams, Imelda May, Rod Stewart, Rudimental, Professor Green, Take That and Sam Smith.
Both had also long been writing and recording their own material, drawing on a host of influences from Sam Cooke, Connor Reeves and Marvin Gaye (Gav) to Dusty Springfield and Tina Turner (Jess).
It was only when they decided to record Jess’s song, Forgiveness, singing together for the first time, that they discovered the spine-tingling effect of their voices combined. Producer Steve Brown (Rumer and Laura M’vula) stepped in to take their raw, organic sound to the next level – and the breathtaking vocal personality of the Kondoors was born.
Where next? The duo are making real waves as both performers and songwriters. As well as Steve Brown, they have also worked with several other top talents, including Martin Brammer (James Morrison, the Lighthouse Family), Ben Langmaid (LaRoux), Pete Vetesse (Annie Lennox, Boyzone) and Pete Vale (Lemar, The Eagles).
The Kondoors certainly aced it with Andy Murray. They sang at his wedding in 2015…
‘World Class. Absolutely amazing’ Soho Radio
‘An impressive and creative partnership’ Mark Forrest, BBC Introducing
‘They are wonderful‘- Tony Visconti, Producer
‘The Kondoors are a very talented duo who concentrate on writing and performing their own material, but are equally at home playing other musical styles and genres’ John Illsey, founding member, Dire Straits