We did it!
Thanks to your support, Songs for My Father is at the top of iTune’s Top Jazz Albums chart on it’s very first day of availability! Thanks so much for all you did to make this dream tribute to Dad come true!
If you didn’t have a chance to pre-order, you can purchase on iTunes today and it will still count toward our opening day sales at tinyurl.com/KC-SFMF.
Looking forward to chatting with Cres O’Neal in just a few minutes (1:15-2:15) about the new record! If you’re near the phone, call in and say hi! 347-677-0653
Here’s the show link:
What a fantastic night! Thanks to everyone who made the CD release party such a special event. I am truly blessed to have such amazing people in my life. I could almost feel you there, Kent Carter. Thank you Tyrone Jackson, Tim Aucoin, and John David for your tremendous musicianship AND friendship!
Meet my wife, Christine Frigo Carter – Chris is my rock and my biggest (and certainly cutest) fan. She and our family and friends have been such a great source of support to me – especially over the past year. She is also the salesperson in the family – so if you are looking to purchase the album (especially in bulk) – let her know. She will be at both shows on August 23rd and hopes to see you there. Chris – which track is your favorite?
Get your CD release show tickets: http://thevelvetnote.com/kenyon-carter-cd-release/
Get the album: tinyurl.com/KC-SFMF
Meet Ric Stepp – album art. Without much direction and with only one run through of the tracks – Ric blew us away with his work on this album design. He captured the look and feel that we wanted and exceeded our expectations. The album cover looked great on the top 10 iTunes charts. Ric – what inspires you to do the work that you do?
Meet Jeffrey Keesee and Shawn Whitman – photography. Every time we need a photo – we call Jeff and Shawn. They did great work for us on this album even coming to the studio to capture the band at work. Jeff and Shawn also took our wedding photos. Jeff and Shawn – how can people contact you if they need great photos?
Meet Trammell Starks – production / mixing. Trammell and I have worked together on both albums (and we’re currently working on the next one). In addition to having a great ear and fantastic temperment, he is a fantastic teacher. I learn so much from him every time we are in the studio!
Meet John David- drums / percussion. John David and I have been playing music together for the past decade. He’s from Cairo, GA and was an “in demand” player on the Miami music scene playing with some of the biggest names in jazz including Arturo Sanduval and many others. In addition to being a great drummer, John is “my brother from another mother” and played on my 1st CD, “Right By My Side.”
Meet Tim Aucoin- acoustic / electric bass. Tim is a New Orleans native and
one of the hardest swinging cats you’ll ever hear. WAY before we started playing together, Tim was the GAJE jazz workshop clinician for the band I was in during my senior year of high school. You’re going to love his beautiful solos on “Sweet Hour of Prayer” and “To God be the Glory” not to mention the swinging foundation he lays down on ALL the tunes! The band rehearsed at Tim’s place before going into the studio and he only charged me a six pack for each rehearsal day. Tim – did you finish those beers yet?
Meet Tyrone Jackson- keyboards / piano. Tyrone truly is one of “the greats” and is one of Atlanta’s most sought after pianists. He wrote the super hip arrangement on The Old Rugged (instant download when you preorder) and co-arranged half of other tunes on the album. It was such a great pleasure to work with Tyrone on this project.
Meet Billy Wilkie- acoustic / electric guitar. Billy has the uncanny ability to make EVERYTHING he plays “just feel good” – check out his bluesy solos on “He Lives” and “Sweet Hour of Prayer” to see what I mean… We have been playing gigs together for years and I’m so happy to have him on this project. Billy’s “unique” sense of humor kept us cracking up throughout the sessions too!
What a year it has been!
Most of you know that I lost my father, Kent Carter, to cancer last year. After a few months of mourning – I was inspired to write an album dedicated to him. With that idea in mind, I compiled some of his most favorite gospel hymns and arranged them with a jazz vibe. When we played the program live in my hometown back in October 2013 and received such a positive response, we immediately got in the studio to record this music. The result of this effort is the new album – Songs for My Father. I’m excited to announce the release is just four weeks from today! Here’s a short preview video. (http://youtu.be/-FPQKp-WRqA)
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I’m excited to announce that the band and I will be performing at the fantastic new Sandy Springs venue, “Steve’s Live Music!” This unique venue, opened in June 2012, offers an intimate listening room that showcases local and national songwriters, and musicians.
We’re looking forward to playing lots of the new tunes from BOTH of the CDs we’re working on this year! We’ll also be throwing in some of our (and your) favorites from artists like Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Hall & Oates, and a few surprises… You’ll want to go ahead and book your tickets NOW to ensure that you get a great seat to hear this smokin’ band.
You’ll hear Tyrone Jackson on keyboards, Billy Wilkie on Guitar, Tim Aucoin on bass, and […]
We will be back at The Velvet Note on February 21st playing some new tunes that we’re in the process of recording (and a few of our old favorites). We love playing this venue and it’s no surprise that it has become one of THE hot spots for music in the south east. The room is intimate, the sound quality is fantastic and the food and drinks are great – it’s no wonder that these shows sell out early! We encourage you to get your tickets early so that you don’t miss this brand new program!
Here’s a short clip from last February’s show at the Velvet Note – we’d be honored if you checked it out and maybe gave us a “like” or nice comment […]
Kenyon Carter Connection at “The Leaf”
Come on out and hear the entire 5 piece band live on Wednesday, October 30 at Leaf Cigar Lounge in Midtown. Richard Sherington (keys) will be joining Billy Wilkie (guitar), Tim Aucoin (bass), John David (drums) and me as we play material from “Right By My Side,” an entire album’s worth of new originals, and some of your favorite pop, r&b, and jazz tunes (from artists ranging from Sinatra to Michael Jackson and beyond). The Leaf is also offering a fantastic 50% off bottles of wine and champagne special and has free parking and patio seating and no cover charge! We hope you’ll come enjoy this hip venue, a bottle of wine, good friends and some great tunes with […]