Set Times: 7:00pm – 8:00pm ; 8:45pm – 9:30pm ; 10:00pm – 11:00pm
A remarkable composer, vocalist, and saxophonist, Memphis born musician Kenneth Whalum has set a new direction in music that can be described as creatively engaging, intense, and artistically real, to push the conventional boundaries of contemporary emerging artists. Whalum fuses together soul, alternative, hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and blues–creating Picasso-like colors and brimming textures, of even richer musical hues.
Whalum has performed and recorded along side this generation’s most renowned entertainers, singers, and musicians; including R&B crooner Maxwell, D’Angelo, rap star Jay Z, and many others. In the past, Kenneth has toured with music icon Sean “P Diddy” Combs. This engagement led to television appearances hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, Tyra Banks, Jimmy Kimmel, and David letterman. Whalum quickly played on more gigs and tours for the industry’s most sought after producers, musicians and entertainers. After Combs, Whalum toured with rapper and business leader Jay-Z. This led him to write the horn arrangement for Jay-Z’s popular song “Roc Boys (And the Winner is)” and to be featured on the album, American Gangster. The song was named No. 1 by Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 best Songs of 2007.”
Whalum went on to record, tour, and write for the industry’s most leading musicians and entertainers, including multi-platinum artists 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Al Green, Mary J. Blige, Ciara and provided recording accompaniment for Fantasia, Beyonce, Joss Stone, and R&B producer Rodney Jerkins.
In 2015, Kenneth released his first single as a solo artist called, “Ghost Town”. He released “Might Not Be Ok”, as his next single the following year, which features popular hip-hop artist, Big K.R.I.T. By 2017, he released a full album for his artistry called Broken Land, which included the two singles. In the past year, Kenneth featured on Big K.R.I.T.’s latest album, 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time. He also recorded on Maroon 5’s Red Pill Blues and Jay-Z’s 4:44. Kenneth continues to tour across the U.S., promoting Broken Land and is currently in the studio focusing on his next release.