Kevy Nova: Bio
Kevy Nova has been playing music for longer than he can remember. It's true. His father, a drummer, dreamed of having a guitar playing son and supplied young Kevy with a plethora of musical toys. According to his Baby Book, on his second birthday he received his “1st set of drums, 3rd guitar & other various toys.” Kevy would often “sit in” at his father’s band practices, watching the guitarists and trying to mimic them with his little red toy guitar. At the age of ten, he started going to his father’s gigs to work the lights. At 13, he was allowed to control the P.A. and finally, at 15, he was asked to join the band. He spent the next three years honing his skills on guitar, bass and drums by gigging weekly in several bar bands until forming his first all original band at the age of 18.
For the most part, Kevy learned music by figuring out songs from his parents’ record collection which consisted mostly of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Moody Blues, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin and other bands from his parents’ era. Kevy would later fall in love with 90's alternative rock such as Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction, Primus, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice in Chains and many others. He also has a deep love of and has studied classical music, film scores, funk, soul and blues. His own music is a unique blend of all these various styles.
Now living in the San Francisco area, Kevy Nova continues to write and perform his own songs. In 2009, he released his first full length CD, “Greatest Hits Volume I” on which he plays acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, tenor banjo and sings lead and harmony vocals. He currently has enough material for five more volumes but continues to write new songs and is working on his first album of all acoustic songs.
Kevy also uses his music for several charitable events, most notably his annual 24-Hour Guitar-A-Thon in which he plays guitar for 24 hours straight to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Kevy Nova's Guitar-A-Thon has raised over $27,500 to date. In addition to performing music, Kevy also performs with an Improv Comedy Group on the California Coast called Blue Blanket Improv and is the Artistic Director of Coastside Young Actors Workshop, a non-profit, after school theatre program for children.