Kalenna Harper

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Kalenna Harper
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Harper in 2010
Background information
Also known as Kalenna
Kalenna Vick
Born (1982-08-13) August 13, 1982 (age 32)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Hip hop, R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2004–present
Labels EMI Music
Bad Boy
Associated acts Diddy-Dirty Money
Website Kalenna Harper on Myspace

Kalenna Harper (born August 13, 1982),[1] 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.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Harper was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[1] the daughter of Randy Howard, an emcee and serviceman, and Donna Harper, a gospel singer.[1] Kalenna moved around very often as a child because her father was in the military.[1] She attended three different high schools, Richmond Academy, Hephzibah and Fort Meade, where she graduated.[1]

Career[edit]

2004–09: Songwriting and album appearances[edit]

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.

2009–12: Diddy-Dirty Money[edit]

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.

She also co-wrote a song with Christina Aguilera on the Switch and John Hill production "Bionic" for Aguilera's 2010 fourth studio album, Bionic.

2012–present: Chamber of Diaries[edit]

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.[4]

She is a recurring star in season 3 of Love and Hip Hop ATL.

Kalenna realeased the song Murder on Itunes on June 30th, 2014. This is the first single from her debut solo album Black Orchid due later this year.

Personal life[edit]

Harper is married to Tony Vick,[1] they have one child, son Meshach Vick.[1] It was also announced on Love & Hip Hop:Atlanta that she was pregnant with her second child with Tony Vick (her husband).

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart
positions
U.S.
U.S. R&B
CAN
UK
FRA
2010 Last Train to Paris
  • Released: December 13, 2010
  • Label: Bad Boy, Interscope
  • Formats: CD, digital download, LP
7 3 67[5] 24[6] 194[7]

Black Orchid, 2014

Mixtapes[edit]

Year Title
2012 Chamber of Diaries

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUT
[8]
BEL
[8]
FRA
[9]
GER
[10]
NED
[11]
SPA
[12]
SWI
[13]
2009 "Shake My"
(Three 6 Mafia featuring Kalenna)
Non-album single
2010 "Don't Say Nothin"
(Maino featuring Kalenna)
The Day After Tomorrow
"Beatbox"
(D. Brown featuring Kalenna)
Non-album single
2011 "Welcome to St. Tropez"
(DJ Antoine vs. Timati featuring Kalenna)
4 9 7 3 7 16 2 2011
"To The Top"
(Ja Rule featuring Kalenna)
Pain Is Love 2

As songwriter[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Album
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
"Kaboom"
"Let Them Hoes Fight" Trina Lady Gaga Amazin'
2010 "Bionic" Christina Aguilera Bionic
2011 "Welcome to St. Tropez" DJ Antoine vs. Timati 2011
2013 "Paradise" DJ Antoine feat. Kallena Sky Is the Limit

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