IndiePulse Music Magazine Interviews
Why did you decide to play Country music?
Country is in my blood, my dad listened to Hank Williams and Johnny Cash while I was growing up. I like all kinds of music – blues, rock, country, as long as it has a good melody.
You mentioned leaving the music business for a while after you got married, but then getting back into it after your wife passed. How did that come to pass?
Well my wife didn’t like me to hang around in bars, she was extremely jealous, so, I put it down for about 15 years; however, I still played my guitar and wrote music Then when she passed away, I had so many meaningful words, that I wrote my first album Say Goodbye. It debuted on the Country iTunes Chart at #22, right next to Merle Haggard’s greatest hits.
What is the back story behind the great Nashville music contacts you made?
I was contacted by Dean Miller in early 2013 I wasn’t sure if it was real. So, I flew to Nashville to meet him in person. We got to know each other and bam, we were on our way to making great music!
He has been my producer ever since. We work out of Larry Baired Music Group, that’s where Randy Travis, Faith Hill, Chris Young, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, etc. have recorded their music. So, I’m flattered to be a part of that list.
Your song “Something” is currently #13 on the iTunes Country Top 100 Chart, a pretty impressive feat. How did that happen for you?
It’s a great tune also Tania Hanchoroff is singing on it, she has done all my back-up (vocals) on my first album and she is on my second album as well “Kalifornia Cowboy.” She also has done some recordings with Rascal Flatts – and other great artists, and she sang at the Country Music Awards last year, “Something” was released at #1, and when I saw that I knew it was a winner.
The Los Angeles Music Awards are honoring you for a second consecutive year. For those unaware with the LAMAs, can you fill our readers in how that happened for you?
It all started with my video “Say Goodbye.” I was working with sizzle reels. Max (Worthington), my producer, got me in with Al Bowman the Producer of the LA Music Awards. And (Max) also helped me win Video of The Year. That led to Country Artist of The Year.
After that I performed to a packed house at the Whiskey A Go-Go in West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip.
Best gig you ever played? And what was the Worst?
I’ve played all along the Sunset Strip, The Roxy, The Whiskey, and the House of Blues. I’ve played festivals, fairs, etc. But I guess that night at the Whiskey was the most special, with Great White and a couple other cool bands. The worst place would probably be on any Monday night, because there is no night life on a Monday night! (laughs)
If you were to pen a politically-themed song based on this year’s Trump/Clinton fiasco of an election, what might it be titled?
I would call it the Good, Bad, & the Ugly.
The Good -that we learned how corrupt are government is how dishonest the media is and how Bad of a choice we must choose from. Out of a billion people we get two morons to choose from! And how ugly people get when you try to talk to them about it.
Let’s talk about your upcoming CD release, Kalifornia Cowboy. How long does it take you in the studio to complete a full album?
“Kalifornia Cowboy” is my image, my signature song, recorded in Nashville with Tammy Cash singing with me, she is an in-law of Johnny Cash and she is also on my “Say Goodbye” video. It’s taken about two years to get it together. It will be ready for release in early 2017.
Where do you see Kenny C, career-wise five years from now?
I see myself at the top of my career, my music is right in the pocket and with the two soundtracks I have already done, “Coming Home” and “Colors of Freedom,” I already have a foot in the door in Hollywood. Whenever one can mix Hollywood
with Nashville and have a song at#13 on the top 100 iTunes Charts, up is the only direction for me.
Best Social Media Outlets for music fans to keep abreast of all Kenny C news? (e.g. your website, Facebook, etc.)? Best Social Media Outlets for music fans to keep abreast of all Kenny C news? (e.g. your website, Facebook, etc.)?
Of course, you can like me on my face book page KENNY C
Also, Reverbnation and my web page www.kennyc-weebly.com.