Archive for February 13th, 2021

Ken Powe – Steppin’

Classically trained at age 8, Ken Powe honed his musical skill enough to become a professional musician by age 16. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English, he joined his local AFM union and worked with many widely known artists in concerts and on recordings during the ’90s. Though experienced in the performance of many genres, Ken is mostly known and recognized internationally for his work in Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, Blues and Gospel.  Much of Ken’s past recordings are productions and work for other title artists. However, in 2015, he made the decision to record and perform as a solo artist exclusively and sometimes performs with other established and renown solo artists.  His first Smooth Jazz album, Conception remains his most acclaimed and biggest selling solo album recording to date. Further recordings are Misinformation Age (2017) and the New Age album Journey.

His new album is Steppin’ (2020). Ken comments: “I was inspired to do a stepping song of my own (“Steppin’”) and perhaps dancers will still keep dancing “the step” although many don’t hear its most familiar anthem anymore. “For Ellis” is my humble tribute to this great pianist Ellis Marsalis and father of the greatest jazz musical family in America. “Claudia” is a reference to my favorite character in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.  William “Kedar” Massenburg, a producer and label exec, coined the term “Neo-Soul” around 25 years ago when he launched the careers of artists like Erykah Badu and D’Angelo. He pioneered this style of R&B believing that a blend of Soul, 70’s Acid Jazz, and Hip-Hop would be embraced by the mainstream in an industry dominated by major labels that insisted on pushing only glamorous, loopy, cliched and overly sexualized artists. He was right! My Neo-Soul inspired track “Kedar” is an homage to his vision. My hope is that his faith in true music artistry will be remembered for generations to come.”

Ken Powe’s album is available for streaming and download at Amazon.com.