Gordon Kennedy (musician)
Gordon Scott Kennedy is a Nashville-based songwriter and record producer whose most successful composition is the international hit song "Change the World", recorded by Eric Clapton, for which Kennedy and his co-writers received a Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Kennedy received a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album, co-producing and performing on Peter Frampton's Fingerprints album, he was a member of the Christian rock band White Heart for six years in the 1980s. Kennedy has written 15 songs recorded by Garth Brooks, has done extensive projects with Frampton and Ricky Skaggs. Kennedy's songs have been recorded by artists including Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Stevie Nicks, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, his compositions have been heard in the film soundtracks of Tin Cup, For Love of the Game, Where the Heart Is, Almost Famous, Summer Catch, Someone Like You, The Banger Sisters and Disney's The Fox and the Hound 2. Kennedy was born in Shreveport, but his family moved to Nashville in March 1961 when he was just over one year old.
Both his parents were professional musicians. His father, Jerry Kennedy, was a guitar player in the house band of "Louisiana Hayride" and married Linda Brannon, Gordon's mother, a singer on the show with her own recording career. After moving to Nashville, his father became successful as a session musician and his business acumen propelled his rise to CEO of Mercury Records, a job he held for 20 years. Kennedy is the oldest of three brothers— the next is Bryan and the youngest is Shelby. Both Kennedy's brothers are successful in music. Bryan wrote the Garth Brooks hit, American Honky-Tonk Bar Association and Shelby is a music executive who has composed songs recorded by Reba McEntire and Ray Charles. Of the brothers, Gordon took music most seriously. Kennedy recalls having a jukebox in their home stocked with 45 rpm records his father had played on or produced, his first non-country album was Meet the Beatles! which he said "kind of lit a fire under me in the second grade". Attending recording sessions with his father was a common occurrence for Kennedy as a youth.
He said the country music. At age 15, he received a Fender Telecaster for Christmas and two months he played his first gig in a talent show with Jerry Reed's daughter, his classmate. Kennedy attended high school at Nashville's Brentwood Academy, he played football and ran track. He was designated as the "most athletic student" his final year, he performed on his first recording session while still a high school student— a solo on Johnny Rodriguez' song "Run Like a Thief" and he performed a guitar duet with his father on "Remember Me". Kennedy wrote his first song in the high school auditorium during his graduating year. Another of Kennedy's Brentwood Academy classmates was guitarist and bandmate Dann Huff who was, at that time, in the early days of forging his own path to becoming a first-call session guitarist in Nashville and Los Angeles recording with Madonna, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand. Kennedy said, "I was watching become'that guy' and he drove me to play better".
Kennedy attended Belmont University in Nashville and during that time worked playing guitar in studios on music row. The increasing demands of recording sessions conflicted with school to the extent that he decided to drop out of Belmont his final year before receiving his degree. In 1984 Kennedy joined the Christian rock band White Heart; the six-member group was formed two years earlier by Billy Smiley and Mark Gersmehl who were members of Bill Gaither and the New Gaither Vocal Band. Other original members included Kennedy's high school friend, Dann Huff and Dann's brother, drummer David Huff. Dann Huff recommended that Kennedy be his replacement. Kennedy was in the band for six years. White Heart remained in existence for a total of 17 years and released 13 studio albums with many personnel changes over that time. Music historian Don Cusic said, "The group had great musicians. Dann Huff became an award-winning producer. Kennedy recalled that songwriting began to click for him about 1991 when he began co-writing with his friend, Wayne Kirkpatrick.
"Dogs of Peace" formed in 1995, consisting of Kennedy, Jimmie Sloas, Blair Masters, John Hammond, with Jeff Balding as engineer. Reviewer Chris Smith described their music as "90s alt/rock feel with some classic rock elements with many comparisons to Pink Floyd", their first album, was released in 1996. Twenty years in 2016, Sloas, Masters and Balding reunited for a second album called Heel. Kennedy spent the mid-1990s composing songs and honing his skills as a session guitarist for contemporary Christian artists like Amy Grant, Twila Paris, Susan Ashton, Steven Curtis Chapman and PFR. Kennedy co-wrote "You Move Me" recorded by Garth Brooks which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart in 1998. Brooks subsequently recorded ten more of Kennedy's songs on his alter-ego album, The Life of Chris Gaines which reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. As of 2018, Kennedy has written or co-written 15 songs
John Roth (musician)
John Roth is an American guitarist, best known for his work with the rock bands Winger, Black Oak Arkansas, Giant, has been touring and recording with national acts since the mid 1980s. John got his start at the age of 19 when Jim Dandy, lead vocalist of Black Oak Arkansas, asked him to join the band as lead guitarist in 1986. After touring the U. S. and Canada with Black Oak in the mid 1980s, John joined forces with Survivor's lead vocalist Jimi Jamison in 1989 to record Jamison's first solo release When Love Comes Down. The first single, "Rock Hard", co-written by Roth, was featured on the hit television series Baywatch. After touring with Jamison in the early 1990s, Roth joined Winger in 1993 for a tour of the U. S. and Japan in support of the band's third record, Pull, as well as appearing in the band's videos “Down Incognito” and “Who’s The One”. Since the 1990s, Roth has continued to tour and record with Winger on a number of projects including The Very Best of Winger, Winger IV, the Winger Live concert DVD in 2009, the band released their 5th studio effort Karma, by fall of 2010 has completed a tour of 19 countries supporting the release.
Most the band has released their 6th studio album "Better Days Comin" and will tour in support of. In 2009, Roth joined melodic rock band Giant as lead guitarist to record their fourth studio album Promise Land; the record was released on February 26 in Europe, March 9 in the USA. In 2012, Roth joined Starship featuring Mickey Thomas as their lead guitarist. Roth, along with Kory Myers, Scotty T, Ted Partin make up Tom and Harry based out of Memphis
A drummer is a percussionist who creates music using drums. Most contemporary western bands that play rock, jazz, or R&B music include a drummer for purposes including timekeeping and embellishing the musical timbre; the drummer's equipment includes a drum kit which includes various drums, cymbals and an assortment of accessory hardware such as pedals, standing support mechanisms, drum sticks. In other genres in the traditional music of many countries, drummers use individual drums of various sizes and designs rather than drum kits; some use only their hands to strike the drums. In larger ensembles, the drummer may be part of a rhythm section with other percussionists playing, for example, marimba or xylophone; these musicians provide the timing and rhythmic foundation which allow the players of melodic instruments, including voices, to coordinate their musical performance. Some famous drummers include: John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Tim "Herb" Alexander, Rashied Ali, Carl Allen, Steve White, Craig Blundell, Travis Barker, Tony Royster Jr. Rick Allen.
As well as the primary rhythmic function, in some musical styles, such as world, jazz and electronica, the drummer is called upon to provide solo and lead performances, at times when the main feature of the music is the rhythmic development. There are many tools that a drummer can use for either soloing; these include cymbals, toms, auxiliary percussion and many others. There are single and triple bass pedals for the bass drum. Before motorized transport became widespread, drummers played a key role in military conflicts. Military drummers provided drum cadences that set a steady marching pace and elevated troop morale on the battlefield. In some armies drums assisted in combat by keeping cadence for firing and loading drills with muzzle loading guns. Military drummers were employed on the parade field, when troops passed in review, in various ceremonies including ominous drum rolls accompanying disciplinary punishments. Children served as drummer boys well into the nineteenth century, though less than is popularly assumed.
In modern times, drummers are not employed in battle. Buglers and drummers mass under a sergeant-drummer and during marches alternately perform with the regiment or battalion ensembles. Military-based musical percussion traditions were not limited to the western world; when Emir Osman I was appointed commander of the Turkish army on the Byzantine border in the late 13th century, he was symbolically installed via a handover of musical instruments by the Seldjuk sultan. In the Ottoman Empire, the size of a military band reflected the rank of its commander in chief: the largest band was reserved for the Sultan, it included various percussion instruments adopted in European military music. The pitched bass drum is still known in some languages as the Turkish Drum. Military drumming is the origin of Traditional grip as opposed to Matched grip of drumsticks; the drumline is a type of marching ensemble descended from military drummers, can be arranged as a performance of a drum, a group of drummers, or as a part of a larger marching band.
Their uniforms will have a military style and a fancy hat. In recent times, it is more common to see drummers in parades wearing costumes with an African, Latin, Native American, or tribal look and sound. Various indigenous cultures use the drum to create a sense of unity with others during recreational events; the drum helps in prayers and meditations. List of drummers Drum beat Drum machine Drum tracks Kathleen. "Drum". In Chisholm, Hugh. Encyclopædia Britannica. 8. Cambridge University Press. P. 598
Tales of Wonder (album)
Tales of Wonder is the eighth album by the Christian rock band White Heart and the band's first with Jon Knox as drummer. Chris McHugh played all drum tracks. Ricke Florian - lead vocals, background vocals Mark Gersmehl - keyboards, lead vocals, background vocals, recorder Billy Smiley - Rickenbacker 12-String, hi-string, 12-string acoustic guitars, background vocals Brian Wooten - lead guitar, rhythm guitar, gut string guitar Anthony Sallee - bass guitar, fretless bass Chris McHugh - drums on songs 1-7, 9-11 Jon Knox - drums on "Vendetta" Tales of Wonder. Star Song Records. SSD8247
Last of the Runaways
Last of the Runaways is the debut 1989 studio album by the hard rock group Giant. It included the band's biggest hit, "I'll See You in My Dreams", along with the other minor hit, "I'm a Believer." "I'm a Believer" – 5:45 "Innocent Days" – 5:15 "I Can't Get Close Enough" – 6:06 "I'll See You in My Dreams" – 4:46 "No Way Out" – 4:04 "Shake Me Up" – 4:16 "It Takes Two" – 4:59 "Stranger to Me" – 5:56 "Hold Back the Night" – 4:11 "Love Welcome Home" – 4:51 "The Big Pitch" – 5:07 Band membersDann Huff – vocals, guitars Alan Pasqua – keyboards and backing vocals Mike Brignardello – bass guitar and backing vocals David Huff – drums and backing vocalsAdditional musiciansLea Hart, Peter Howarth, Terry Thomas – backing vocals Produced by Terry Thomas Engineered by Rafe McKenna Assistant Engineers: Paul Cuddeford, Jon Mallison, Derek Murphy, Mark Willie, Helen Woodward Mixing: Nigel Green, Rafe McKenna Mastering: Arnie Acosta Heavy Harmonies page
Vital Signs (White Heart album)
Vital Signs is the second album by the Christian rock band White Heart and the band's first with vocalist Scott Douglas. "Sing Unto The Lamb" – 3:15 "Draw The Line" – 4:38 "Walking In The Light" – 3:56 "Carried Away" – 4:19 "Quiet Love" – 3:52 "Following The King" – 4:05 "Let Your First Thought Be Love" – 3:51 "Undercover" – 3:54 "Vital Signs" – 3:50 "We Are His Hands" – 4:13 Billy Smiley - piano, acoustic guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals, arrangements David Huff - drums, percussion Gary Lunn - bass guitars Mark Gersmehl - synthesizers, synth solo, backing vocals, lead vocals, arrangements Dann Huff - rhythm and lead guitars, guitar solo, acoustic guitar, lead vocals, arrangements Scott Douglas - lead vocals, backing vocals Steve Green - backing vocals Additional musiciansDennis Holt - drums, Simmons drums, percussion The Nashville String Machine - strings Ronn Huff - string arrangements Phil Naish - keyboards Choir on "We Are His Hands" - Bob Bailey, Wesley Brown, Gary Chapman, Chris Christian, Jovonne Douglas, Scott Douglas, Bob Farrell, Amy Grant, Steve Green, David Meece, Billy Smiley, Debi Smiley, Russ Taff, Kathy Troccoli and Tricia Walker.
Producer - White Heart Executive Producer - Chris Christian Recorded by Jeff Balding Assistant Engineer - Doug Sarrett Additional Engineering - Bill Deaton, Brent King and Mike Psanos Mixed by Jack Joseph Puig Recorded and Mixed at Gold Mine Studio. Mastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab. Art Direction and Design - Bill Brunt Cover Concept - Bill Brunt, Mark Tucker and Kent Hunter Vital Signs Logo - Ellen Hodnett and Ken Wolgemuth Photography - Mark Tucker Vital Signs. Home Sweet Home Records Powell, Mark Allan. Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music, Hendrickson Publishers. Pp.1033-5. ISBN 1-56563-679-1
Jon Knox is an American session drummer, a member of the bands White Heart, Adam Again, Future User and is the drummer for The Union of Sinners and Saints. He is a producer and composer. Knox was the drummer of Christian rock band White Heart from 1992 to 1997, concurrently the drummer of the alternative funk rock band Adam Again, he reunited with White Heart in 2006 for the Soul2Soul Awards show and again in 2014 for the Easterfest concert in Australia. Knox is now the drummer for The Union of Saints; the Union features members from two of the best selling Christian Rock bands of all time and Whiteheart. Jon is responsible for helping form Rage Against the Machine and when bassist, Tim Commerford started a side project in 2013, he tapped his longtime friend, Knox to play drums for his electronic progressive rock outfit Future User for their debut release; the band is composed of bassist, along with multi-instrumentalist Jordan Tarlow on keys and production, Brendan O'Brien on guitars. His musical talents have been nominated for Grammy and Dove awards, has toured and appeared on television and radio broadcasts that have spanned the globe.
His playing experience has led him to work with various artists and members of bands including: Adam Again, Deliverance, No Doubt, Audio Adrenaline, Wooten Brothers, John Elefante, Lock Up with Tom Morello, Crystal Lewis, Steve Cropper, Great White, Carman, DC Talk, Blind Melon, The Bus Boys, Ray Parker Jr. Otis Day and many others. Working alongside these artists recording, creating and/or collaborating musically allowed him to expand into a versatile musician, teaching himself to play guitar, bass and to compose and produce music. Knox is involved in recording, making beats and producing projects, he composes and produces music for artists and several music library companies. His compositions are in these genres of music: rock, hip-hop, EDM, pop, indie and R&B. Credits include: MTV, Sirius & XM Radio, Viacom, OWN, TLC, NBC Sports, Speed Channel, HBO, FOX Sports, CI Games, CBS Sports, Ayars Animation Inc. Shaw Communications, Deliverance Films, Play Ltd. and Discovery. Knox endorses Pearl drums, SoulTone cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, CymPad, Protection Racket, Bumwrap Drum Company.
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