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TONY KENNETH Bio!
Born in Washington, DC, Tony Kenneth grew up in a Southern Baptist family singing gospel hymns at the tender age of three and was encouraged by his late grandmother Francis Hines, who up until the time of her passing at eighty-two was still singing in a quartet called the Do Dahs which performed for many nursing homes in her home state of Tennessee. His late grandfather General Jack Hines taught him to put vinyl records on a record player at age five so that he could sing along to show tunes. His late uncle, Vietnam War Vet James Morgan turned him onto The Beatles, Marvin Gaye & The Rolling Stones by the time he was seven. Already rich in musical influences, Kenneth’s mother Mary Ann Morgan, who was a great gospel singer in her own right, turned her son onto classic soul and jazz vocalists that she treasured so much by the time he was twelve and helped him purchased his first professional guitar at sixteen, although Kenneth had been teaching himself already on an inferior guitar he had gotten for Christmas two years earlier. He joined his first band at 18 and although guitar was his love, a lifelong friend and guitarist Edward Davis, Jr (Knee Deep Experience) now in Arizona convinced Kenneth to become a singer in a rock band that he was joining called Excalibur. So then the years rolled by with other bands like Blitzkrieg, The Hundred Monkey and Paul’s House and somewhere in between all of that was many” life got in the way things” says Kenneth,” you know, falling in and getting kicked out of love, career changes, caring about lousy friends, displaying ever present arrogance and taking the blame for nothing! You know, little things” So around 2006, He picked up his guitar and started writing again after a long five year layoff and recorded twenty tracks within four months which now make up “The Kenneth Outtakes” EP and started playing out on the local scene in Maryland with The Tony Kenneth Project and played many gigs since then and decided to retreat for six months during 2012 and take a break from the harshness of trying to establish yourself as an artist and reboot the mission! Kenneth now says he’s ready to do the work and show the world what it’s all about…the music of course! He confides that” time gives us a chance to explore, evolve, open up ourselves and change for the better! I believe as an artist, that I’ve finally learned how to do these things. I’m better for it and my fans will be also, I hope! All kinds of music inspire me and have always! I feel that the music represents all of my love and the passion that we artists will die for and that is that someone out there will be moved and helped from whatever that day brought to them or that they feel that you simply just rock and kick ass!!! Either one works” So as Kenneth’s journey continues and grows, he hopes that you’ll journey with him and continue to have the time of your life!