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Harper in 2010
|Also known as||Kalenna
August 13, 1982 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Genres||Hip hop, R&B|
|Associated acts||Diddy-Dirty Money|
|Website||Kalenna Harper on Myspace|
Kalenna Harper (born August 13, 1982), mononymously known as Kalenna (pronounced kuh-LEE-nuh), is an American singer-songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. She is perhaps best known as the second female singer of the hip hop group Diddy-Dirty Money, which also included Sean "Diddy" Combs and fellow singer-songwriter Dawn Richard, until they disbanded in 2012.
Harper was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Randy Howard, an emcee and serviceman, and Donna Harper, a gospel singer. Kalenna moved around very often as a child because her father was in the military. She attended three different high schools, Richmond Academy, Hephzibah and Fort Meade, where she graduated.
2004–2009: Songwriting and album appearances
She wrote many songs for other artists, such as Christina Milian's "Peanut Butter & Jelly", Charlotte Church's "Moodswings (To Come at Me Like That)", Aretha Franklin's "Put You Up on Game", Pussycat Dolls' "Painted Windows" and Ciara's "Pucker Up". She was featured on Rasheeda's GA Peach on the track "Pack Ya Bags" and Timati's The Boss on the track "Sexy Bitch". A track leaked in 2008 titled "Kaboom" is a duet between Harper and Lady Gaga recorded during their sessions with Jim Jonsin, before either singer was famous.
Additional credits include, Maino (Don't Say Nothing), Three 6 Mafia (Shake My), Ciara (Kiss My Swag), Trina (Let them Hoes Fight) and Dirty Money (Love Come Down). She's also been featured on the movie soundtracks to “Phat Girls” (Stronger) and “Confessions of a Shopaholic” (Big Spender). "Let Them Hoes Fight" was originally slated to feature Gaga, but solely Harper's vocals ultimately made the record.
2009–2012: Diddy-Dirty Money
Harper has now become a member of a group called Diddy-Dirty Money, which includes Harper and former Danity Kane member Dawn Richard. The band worked heavily on Diddy's new album Last Train to Paris. They have released three singles to date. "Angels" was the band's debut single and featured The Notorious B.I.G., and was officially released on November 3 (but the song had leaked to the internet in early June). The video was directed by Hype Williams. The band's second single "Love Come Down" was released later that day (November 3). Both singles appeared on Diddy's album Last Train To Paris.
On November 13, a new Diddy-Dirty Money song leaked onto the internet. The song "Hurt" was a demo but officially became known as "Loving You No More," and features Drake. The song is likely to be a track on Last Train To Paris. The band's third single "Hello Good Morning" featured rapper T.I. and was released on March 30, 2010.
The group has performed on the 2010 BET Awards and nominated for the BET Best Group award. The album's fourth single "Loving You No More" featuring Drake was released on iTunes on September 21, 2010.
2012–present: Chamber of Diaries
Kalenna released a mixtape called Chamber of Diaries on February 13, 2012 free of charges, consisting of thirteen tracks. The mixtapes lead single, "Go To Work" was released in November 2011.
|2010||Last Train to Paris||7||3||67||24||194|
|2012||Chamber of Diaries
As featured artist
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
(Three 6 Mafia featuring Kalenna)
|2010||"Don't Say Nothin"
(Maino featuring Kalenna)
|—||—||—||—||—||—||—||The Day After Tomorrow|
(D. Brown featuring Kalenna)
|2011||"Welcome to St. Tropez"
(DJ Antoine vs. Timati featuring Kalenna)
|"To The Top"
(Ja Rule featuring Kalenna)
|—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Pain Is Love 2|
|2004||"Peanut Butter & Jelly"||Christina Milian||It's About Time|
|2005||"Moodswings (To Come at Me Like That)"||Charlotte Church||Tissues and Issues|
|2007||"Put You Up on Game"||Aretha Franklin, Fantasia||Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen|
|2008||"Painted Windows"||Pussycat Dolls||Doll Domination|
|2009||"Pucker Up"||Ciara||Fantasy Ride|
|"Angels"||Diddy-Dirty Money, The Notorious B.I.G.||Last Train to Paris|
|"Love Come Down"||Diddy-Dirty Money||Non-album singles|
|"Freezer Burn"||Lady Gaga, Jim Jonsin|
|"Let Them Hoes Fight"||Trina||Amazin'|
|2011||"Welcome to St. Tropez"||DJ Antoine vs. Timati||2011|
|2013||"Paradise"||DJ Antoine feat. Kallena||Sky Is the Limit|
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- Kalenna Harper on Myspace
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- Kalenna Harper at the Internet Movie Database
- Non-commercial Kalenna mixtapes