Hometown: Nashville, TN
Label: KEMC Records
Sounds Like: Rascal Flatts, Michael Bublé, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton
Pete's musical influences stem from his celtic roots upbringing to those of Americana, folk and country songs of the southern U.S. From early idols like The Eagles, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris to contemporary artists such as Garth Brooks and Rascal Flatts, Pete's influences are evident in his distinctive crossover style.
From feel-good uptempos to reflective story ballads, Pete's music takes his audience on a musical journey through his life and the inspirations behind his songs. His extensive list of musical collaborators include Earl Bud Lee (Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton), Jan Buckingham (Lee Greenwood, Whitney Houston), Beau Fuller (Kristy Lee Cook, Jesse Keith Whitley) and American Idol and Grand Ole Opry star Ayla Brown.
Raised in the Irish countryside with a family of five brothers, Pete Kennedy understands the value of family but has seen hardship at an early age when Pete's father died saving his family from a fire that erupted from his family's locally owned bar. Since then Pete has found his strength through his music and the support of his wife and two daughters. His career gained momentum in 2010 with the release of his debut single 'This Time'. The song was brought to the attention of CMA Nashville's president Lee Williams. Williams was putting together a series of live shows in Nashville for the city's annual CMA Music Festival and invited Pete to be a part of his International Artist Showcase. The success of his Nashville debut and subsequent album release hugely increased Pete's profile and acclaim.
He gained international recognition when he was nominated for Album of the Year and Song of the Year at the BCMA Awards in 2012, winning the album category for 'The Nashville Session Vol.1' at a ceremony in London later that year.
Following his award win and critical acclaim Pete went on to perform two major UK tours with pop icon Neil Sedaka and The Stylistics.
Pete has since been featured on numerous international television shows including Inside Music Row TV and Nashville's Broadcasting Networks Video Jukebox, 'Viva! Nashvegas Radio Show' NBC4 'More at Midday', and performed at prestigious events such as 'Hollywood Meets Nashville Grammy Viewing Party and Benefit Gaga' and as a CMA-featured artist on the Chevrolet stage during the 2013 CMA Festival. Pete's music and style has also brought a number of endorsement and brand ambassador deals including Bedell Guitars and Corello USA.
With the success of his 2 EPs and subsequent full album, Pete looks forward to getting back into the studio later this year to record his newly-written tracks. With a brand new single scheduled for late 2014 and a worldwide tour in the works for 2015 Pete Kennedy is ready to take his established singer-songwriter career to it's next level.
“Pete Kennedy Wins Second Consecutive UK “Album of the Year””
Dan Harr - Music News Nashville
“Pete Kennedy nominated for five categories at 2013 British country music awards”
Michael Rampa - High Octane
“Pete Kennedy Takes Home UK Album of the Year at the 2012 British Country Music Awards”
Jamie Ward - Pete Kennedy Takes Home UK Album of the Year at the 2012 British Country Music A
“IRISH country singer/songwriter Pete Kennedy is making a name for himself in Nashville.”
Daniel O Donnell - PETE HITS THE BIG TIME IN HOME OF COUNTRY MUSIC
“Introducing Pete Kennedy
Chuck Dauphin - Introducing Pete Kennedy
“Pete Kennedy Brought A Touch Of Ireland To Nashville During CMA Music Festival”
Dan Harr - Pete Kennedy Brought A Touch Of Ireland To Nashville During CMA Music Festival
“Ireland’s Pete Kennedy Set For A Busy June in Music City”
Dan Harr - Ireland’s Pete Kennedy Set For A Busy June in Music City