Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where he attended the prestigious Cass Technical High School, Kevin was well into many years of performing with the groundbreaking jazz-fusion group
The Blackbyrds when he received his B.A. in Composition and Jazz Studies from Howard University. Seven albums were recorded with the group, three of which were certified gold, and many of their hit songs including “Rock Creek Park” and the Grammy nominated “Unfinished Business” were written by Kevin.
In the years between the Blackyrds and his success as a solo recording artist, Kevin showcased his musical versatility as a conductor and arranger for top recording and performing artists including: James Ingram, Patti Austin, Michael McDonald, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Carl Anderson, Edwin Hawkins and Isaac Hayes. He also served as conductor and arranger for productions of: Ain’t Misbehavin’, Five Guys Named Moe, Sophisticated Ladies, Harlem Suite, Wild Women Blues (featuring Linda Hopkins) The Magic Of Motown: A Tribute To Barry Gordy and Atlanta. He has also recorded and/or performed with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Seal, Annie Lennox, Shirley Caesar, Ray Charles, Ray Parker Jr., Pink, Kenny Burrell, Nancy Wilson and O.C. Smith to name a few.
Kevin released his first solo recording, Special K, in 1982 on Fantasy Records. In the album participated Paul Jackson Jr and Lee Ritenour on guitar, Abraham Laboriel and Aaron Mills (was member of Cameo) on bass, Leon Ndugu Changler on drums, Bill Summers on percussion and Oscar Brashear, Dean Boysen, Larry Batiste, Claytoven Richardson on Horns. I chose the wonderful jazzy track “A good feeling”. Vocal by Alton Green. Produced by Orrin Keepnews and Kevin Toney.
Note: The above posted track is not played in full