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Keyondra Lockett Makes History as First Gospel Artist to Ink a Doll Deal with America's Favorite

DALLAS, TX (September 8, 2016) — Keyondra Lockett has embarked on and embraced her solo career inking songs and a history-making deal. Former singer of the two-time stellar nominated group Zie’l, Keyondra is not only taking the gospel industry by storm with her melodic voice and new music but, she has been graced with the honor to be the first ever gospel artist in the history of gospel to ink a deal with her own teen doll. The toy inventor of Kenya® took one look at Keyondra, listened to her sweet voice and inspirational messages and knew she would help young girls through her positive lyrics to believe in themselves and teach them the value of growing up proud.

The Kenya® doll brand has been one of Americas favorite ethnic doll brands and a staple in the African American community for 25 years. New on the Teen Scene™ is Kenya’s friend singing sensation, Keyondra Lockett who helps Kenya® as they face new encounters of Junior High School. Together they overcome daily challenges on the Teen-Scene™. Kenya® has empowered moms for years and now their daughters can play with her and their new friend Keyondra.

Keyondra says, “She is humbled and honored to open a new door in the gospel industry that allows her to speak to children and millennials with a positive message through music and doll play.” Kenya® has been a trusted brand name with kids of color, helping them to utilize their own creative imagination with a doll that shares their color and likeness.

Kenya® and Friends was created to provide girls of color with a toy that reflects their appearance (both skin tone and features) and can be used as a tool to instill self-esteem.

Kenya’s new friend, Keyondra Lockett will hit retail stores in 2017. The Kenya® Doll brand will be available to purchase mid-September at the following retailers, RiteAID, CVS, Cracker Barrel, Burlington Coat Factory, Seventh Ave, Toys R US Express, HEB, and Variety Wholesalers.

About Keyondra Lockett

Keyondra Lockett is a soulful inspirational artist with a Fervor for Kingdom building. The Shreveport native has a one-in-a-million voice and a star-powered personality that lights up the world. Keyondra is one of the original members of the gospel group Zie’l and shares the accomplishment of being named two-time Stellar Award Nominee. Keyondra has shared the stage with artists such as Yolanda Adams, Karen Clark, Kierra Sheard, The Clark Sisters, Livrè, Tye Tribbett, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, The Walls Group, Alexis Spight and many more. Keyondra is the first ever gospel/inspirational artist to ink a doll licensing deal. Her new EP, Bring Me To, can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all other digital download outlets. To learn more, visit

About Kenya®

Kenya® came on the scene in 1992 to provide ethnic girls with a doll that reflect their color and features. The Kenya® brand encourages and helps build the self-worth and self-esteem of young girls of color through positive messages, creating familiar hairstyles and fun fashionable outfits. Kenya® has expanded her brand by adding a few friends of diversity Korina, Kenzy, Kiana, and Keyara. Kenya’s new friends teach young girls the importance of growing up proud; learning how to build one another up and have fun in the process. To learn more, visit

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