In two decades of music Kenny has gained the love of many listeners across the country. This Maryland native is heavily connected to the DC, MD, VA, music scene, deeply rooted in the R&B, Funk and Go-Go styles so prevalent in the area. Though he may not have yet gained national recognition for his work, he has gained an immeasurable amount of love from those who know his music intimately and those who are just becoming familiar.
Kenny began his professional music career in the 90’s with a young upstart smooth jazz group known as Spur of The Moment. In those early years, Spur was mainly a performance band, opening shows and performing with artist such as Angela Bofill, Miki Howard, Al Jarreau, Gladys Knight and many more. During these times Kenny sparingly recorded with area artist Toni Braxton, II D Extreme, Stacy Lattisaw, Tony Terry and Lil Benny. Spur released their first CD, “SpurAddict” in 1995. The CD featured Kenny’s vocals on two of the tracks. The first written by singer/songwriter John Stoddart entitled “Longer than Forever,” which was later covered by Maysa Leak, and the second written by Darren Horn out of Detroit entitled “I Want to Thank You.” Both songs became radio favorites in the Washington, Baltimore and Richmond markets.
As the band grew in popularity, Kenny’s growth in music became evident. The second CD entiled “Out of the Shadows” featured him singing on two tracks. The first “In My Corner” written by John Stoddart, which became a number one requested song in Washington DC and the second, “So Long (Well, Well, Well)” written by the incredible singer/songwriter Eric Roberson.
In the 2000s, Kenny continued performing as a keyboardist, traveling 2 years with Will Downing. He also performed with many artists during this period, Ledisi, Maysa, Norman Brown, Gerald Albright, Brian Culbertson and more. While traveling with Will Downing, Kenny was introduced to producer Chris “Big Dog” Davis. Spur’s third CD “Urban Renewal,” produced by Davis, featured Kenny’s lead vocals on “Meet Me By the Candlelight” written by and produced by Davis, “We Can Get Together” written and produced by John Stoddart and “You and Me” written by Tyra Jackson and Kenny Allen…with Meet Me by the Candlelight becoming an instant hit.
In 2013,while recording for the band’s 4th CD, Kenny decided to stretch out a little and began recording a solo project. He began collaborating with Chris “Big Dog” Davis, Tyra Jackson, John Stoddart and Producer Twenty out of Tennessee, to bring to life his maiden voyage “Remember When.” This project highlights the very essence of life in the metropolitan area. Kenny’s smooth voice moves the listener to reminiscence, joy, sensuality and love. Music lovers, prepare yourselves to be delighted, entertained and blown away by Kenny Allen.