A native of Southern California, Kennedy York attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City at the age of 21. A few years later he returned to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. Soon he found himself as the lead singer of the South Bay band “Cannibal Soup Bones” and began doing a local tour of South Bay, Orange County and Los Angeles. He started writing his own material on piano and ukulele, incorporating harmonica, bass and percussion which created the “Kennedy York Sound”. After 3 years with the band, he left to start his own solo project which is a combination of all his influences both 20th and 21st centuries. Kennedy York has a sound that is truly unique and has made it his own. Influenced by such artists and bands as The Beatles, Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Rolling Stones, Curtis Mayfield, Beck, Hank Williams Sr., Bob Dylan, just to name a few. His music is catchy, very interesting, melodic, clever, fun, thought provoking, artistic and most important, heart-felt.
Currently he tours with his 5 piece band (sometimes 7 with back- up vocals) throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. He has appeared at The White House in Laguna Beach on several occasions, The Alegria in Long Beach, The Cabana Club in Hollywood, The Pig n Whistle in Hollywood, The world famous Rainbow in Hollywood, The Whiskey in Hollywood, The Derby in Los Feliz, The Blue Café in Long Beach, The Lava Lounge in Hollywood, The 2009 Orange County Fair. He has opened for such artists and bands as Shawn Mullins at The Roosevelt and The Skatalites at The Strand.
Kennedy York has been interviewed and featured on B.O.U.N.C.E. Radio and All Geek Things Show, Artist First Radio out of Ohio, Banana Peel Radio in Vancouver Canada His music is featured on Pandora.com and can be heard on numerous indie and college radio stations across the country.
After the success of his debut CD “Twelve” (2008), Kennedy is working on his second album “IGOR”, due out December 2010.
“With the obvious talent that Kennedy York possesses, he could be successful in almost any genre…he could even appeal to the masses” – Anne O’Neary – Music Connection