Kenny White is a New York City based singer-songwriter, studio musician, and writer. For many years, White was a fixture in the NY studio scene, writing and producing hundreds of commercials for TV and radio. In this capacity, he worked with artists lik...
Kenny White is a New York City based singer-songwriter, studio musician, and writer. For many years, White was a fixture in the NY studio scene, writing and producing hundreds of commercials for TV and radio. In this capacity, he worked with artists like Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt, Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Skaggs, Kim Carnes, Felix Cavaliere, Dobie Gray, Mavis Staples, and Aaron Neville among many others.
His relationships with Marc Cohn and Shawn Colvin led to his producing Colvin's Grammy-nominated, "I Don't Know Why" and to his involvement in Cohn's eponymous platinum debut record. White went on to produce three records for legendary J. Geils Band leader, Peter Wolf. The second of which, "Sleepless," garnered the distinction by Rolling Stone magazine of being one of "the 500 greatest albums ever made," as well as giving Kenny a chance to work with Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Steve Earle. White was again at the helm for Wolf's 2010 critically acclaimed release, "Midnight Souvenirs." This time working with Shelby Lynne, Nico Case, and Merle Haggard. A brand new project with Wolf is slated for release in 2015.
As a contributing writer/musician, White worked on many a film soundtrack including, Message in a Bottle, Ed TV, Forces of Nature, A Walk on the Moon, Where the Heart Is, Edie & Pen, and four films by indie master, John Sayles.
After being hailed by reviewers from the NY Times to the SF Chronicle for his thrilling and unique piano playing, White chose to devote himself to making his first album and subsequentially, "hitting the road." His work in the studio enabled him to assemble an A-list team of players for that release, 2002′s "Uninvited Guest." He traveled and opened shows for many mainstays, including Shawn Colvin, Cowboy Junkies, Peter Wolf, Cheryl Wheeler and Jonathan Edwards, quickly gaining a reputation as a 'dazzling' and 'not-to-be-missed' performer. An early copy of his follow-up record, "Symphony in 16 Bars" landed in the hands of folk legend Judy Collins who then signed White to her own Wildflower Records and released the CD in the winter of 2005. Showcasing another remarkable ensemble of talent, Symphony in 16 Bars picked up where Uninvited Guest left off, following a main character whose story, set in New York City, navigates the heart's complexities through an ever changing urban landscape. In 2006, he compiled a politically-tinged, 5 song EP entitled, "Never Like This." In early 2008, White's "How Long" from that record, won in The 7th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Social Action Song. In 2010, White released his most recent effort, "Comfort in the Static," also on Collins', Wildflower Records label, earning high praise from David Crosby and songwriting legend, Will Jennings.
Also in 2010, Kenny announced his first non-musical publication, joining a group of renowned essayists in a collection called, "The Black Body," published by Seven Stories Press. He is expected to release his 5th album sometime in 2015.