Award winning musicians and songwriters Bryan Kennedy and Gordon Kennedy will be the featured musical guests during the live broadcast of Thacker Mountain Radio as part of the DMI Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 5 at 3:00 pm in Studio A of the Delta Music Institute in the historic Whitfield Building on the Delta State University campus.
Bryan Kennedy grew up in Nashville where he found an early gift in the form of athletics. He earned a football scholarship to the University of Mississippi where he became the starting defensive end for three years. Bryan’s senior year he was awarded the John Howard Vaught award of excellence.
He began his musical quest as a song plugger for his father, the legendary record producer Jerry Kennedy. Bryan attributes his writing know how to hearing all the great songs he got to hear daily while growing up in the same house with his dad, musical mother (singer Linda), and two brothers who would become most influential in Bryan’s life and in his career. (Gordon and Shelby Kennedy)
Bryan has written three #1 radio hits for superstar Garth Brooks; “Good Ride Cowboy”, “The Beaches of Cheyenne,” and “American Honky Tonk Bar Association.” In addition, Bryan opened up for Garth Brooks with good friend, Dan Roberts, performing in front of millions of people.
These days he has a blog he writes regularly on his web site, www.bryan-kennedy.com, where he keeps his fans up to date with his latest ventures and enjoys their feedback. He makes his home on the gulf coast of Florida, and spends most of his time traveling and performing.
Gordon Kennedy is a triple threat as a songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He has collaborated with many artists including Eric Clapton, Garth Brooks, Bonnie Raitt, Jewel, Kenny Loggins and others. The Grammy-winning song “Change the World,” was co-written by Kennedy, Tommy Sims and Wayne Kirkpatrick for Eric Clapton. It won three Grammys: Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Pop Male Vocal Performance. The song stayed in the Top 20 Billboard AC chart for a record 81 weeks, number 1 for 13 of those weeks. The song was included in the soundtrack for John Travolta’s film Phenomenon.
Gordon has also received a Grammy for producing/writing Peter Frampton’s “Now” album. Most recently, he produced the new critically acclaimed project by Ricky Skaggs titled “Mosaic,” and was recently featured as “Writer of the Week” in American Songwriter magazine.