Kennedy Mann, indie singer-songwriter and lead singer of dream-pop band Highnoon, is a rising artist from the Philly DIY scene, in which she has become memorable for her poignant lyricism, tender vocals, and sharp melodic skill.
Combining the analog sounds of dream pop, indie folk, and slowcore, Kennedy Mann’s compositions strike you in the heart and linger like a bittersweet memory. Kennedy’s journey as a songwriter began with the debut of Highnoon’s first album Semi Sweet, a project consisting of self-written pop-rock tunes. As Kennedy continued to write, she quickly gathered a collection of demos that felt too intimate and singular for the traditional rock band format — a world of music she kept to herself like a secret.
Kennedy finally launched her solo project in 2023 as a way to bring some of her most personal musical ideas to life. A prolific songwriter and creative force, she began performing her original acoustic demos on TikTok, quickly building a small devoted following around her vocals and songwriting. Through TikTok, Kennedy began to build her own music community, befriending fellow songwriters Kai Warrior, Tofusmell, and Leith Ross along the way.
In recent months, Kennedy Mann embarked on the European leg of Leith Ross’ first headline tour, allowing her the opportunity to bring her idiosyncratic talents to the world stage. In July of 2023, she released her debut solo single “Crooked," a charming Kimya Dawson-inspired slowcore track that finds Kennedy pining over her partner’s “ugliest” and most undesirable traits.
Now based in New York City, Kennedy is currently crafting her first full release as a solo artist, which she plans to release later in 2024.