Kenny White comes to the world of the touring singer-songwriter following a long and successful musical journey. “Long List of Priors,” his aptly named new album released in 2016, is the latest collection of original songs: snapshots of the human condition, from heartwarming to humorous. Radio favorites are “Cyberspace” and “A Road Less Traveled,” featuring David Crosby on harmony vocals.
Born in New York City and raised across the river in Fort Lee, N.J., Kenny began his career in the 1970s, touring exclusively as the keyboard player for Jonathan Edwards and then with Livingston Taylor, with whom he opened Linda Ronstadt’s legendary, Living in the USA tour. He soon became a fixture in the New York City studio scene throughout the 1980s and 1990s, producing and arranging literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio, beginning with “The Unsinkable Taste of Cheerios,” nearly seven years of Chevrolet’s “Heartbeat of America” campaign, and countless ads for Coca Cola. Commercial work enabled Kenny to direct artists as renowned and varied as Gladys Knight, Mavis Staples, Ricky Skaggs, and Aaron Neville. Kenny worked on many film soundtracks as a contributing writer/musician including Message in a Bottle, Where the Heart Is and four films by Indie-director laureate, John Sayles. Kenny also appears on dozens of recordings of other musicians, including Marc Cohn’s platinum debut. Whenever he could break free from the recording studios, Kenny would often support other musicians in live concerts.