Janelle Monáe guitarist Kellindo: "The secret to being a good session player is being a good listener"

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Son to a jazz trombonist - and nephew to Maceo Parker (saxophonist for James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic) and Melvin Parker (drummer for James Brown) - it would be fair to say music was always in Kellindo Parker’s destiny.

From his childhood years singing opera, which were followed by in-depth jazz training at Manhattan School Of Music, the New York virtuoso would go on to become Janelle Monáe’s lead guitarist and MD in 2006, establishing himself as a co-writer on tracks like Mushrooms & Roses, Q.U.E.E.N. (ft. Erikah Badu) and Take A Byte after signing a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).