Kenny was born in Islington, North London. In the early eighties the heart of the neighbourhood was beating
with the sounds of Soul, Reggae, Lovers Rock and Jazz Funk. He sang in the choir at the local church to the
delight of his mother and had a busy career as an amateur boxer to the delight of his father!
At 15, Kenny’s vinyl collection was boasting such milestone albums such as “Songs in the key of life” and
“Hotter Than July” by Stevie Wonder (his favourite singer), “Off The Wall” & “Thriller” by Michael Jackson and the legendry “Joy & Pain” by Maze. Like any serious music junky Kenny and his mates were constantly
buying and exchanging records, then eventually purchasing musical instruments in an attempt to create their
own sound. “One friend bought a bass guitar and a Moog synthesizer, I bought an acoustic and an electric
guitar, we just jammed all the time trying to emulate the soul and Jazz funk records we loved” reminisces
It was around this time the family moved further east, towards Hackney. As fate would have it they moved
just a stones throw away from Eddie Grant’s studio, The Coach House, where Eddie had recorded hits
including the 1979 track “Living On The Front Line.” ” I remember one very cold winters evening a friend and
I plucked up enough courage to go and knock on the studio door. No one was in, we went back again and
again until, one night, Eddie’s brother answered,” recalls Kenny. He was 18 and his voice was beginning to
develop into a fine soul voice, something that didn’t go unnoticed by Eddie’s brother.
“We managed to raise some funds to record a couple of tracks, most of which came from a friend who
worked in Hatton Garden. Eddie came down to the studio one time and remarked on my voice, saying I had
“a nice commercial voice” remembers Kenny. They eventually got a small record deal at President Records
thinking they had hit the big time but nothing really happened and Kenny retreated into a 9 to 5 job in the
So, after throwing his umpteenth sicky from his current job to pursue his musical career, Kenny stepped into
the studio in Acre Lane, Brixton to record “Outstanding” with a young, talented record producer called Ritchie
Fermie. His manager took the single into Cooltempo Records, who at the time had signed another of his
artists, Monie Love. Within a month Kenny was signed and later that year began making an album with
producer Ian Green for one of the leading dance and hip-hop labels in the UK. His label mates included
GangStarr, Eric B and Rakim, Doug E Fresh & The Show, and Masters at Work to name but a few. This time
he knew he wouldn’t have to throw any more ‘sickies’ and finally handed in his notice at the 9 to 5 job!
Kenny’s 3rd studio album, “Him,” was in the record company starting blocks ready to go into the promotional/
marketing machine when he had his epiphany: He hadn’t stopped for 6 years and he needed to take time
For the discerning lovers of modern UK soul Kenny has never been away. They’ve watched him become one
of the finest voices and performers the UK has produced. He’s a rare artist, who can seamlessly move from
soul to broader musical arenas. In 2004 he lent his vocal talent to Stonebridge’s smash album “Can’t Get
Enough” where he featured on the track “Gotta Give It Up” and then again in 2007 on a further Stonebridge
album called “Music Takes Me” on the track “You Don’t Know”.