Please join us on Friday, May 28th as we welcome Critically Acclaimed Electrifying Violinist, Ken Ford and Founder of The Ken Ford Foundation, a prestigious music and arts program kicking off in Atlanta this summer with a concert series free to children!
Ken Ford grew up in a home filled with the diverse sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B. Born on November 14, 1968 in St. Louis, Missouri, Ken lived in Detroit, Michigan with his Parents, before making their permanent home in Atlanta, Georgia. From The Jackson Five and Earth, Wind & Fire concerts to his father’s DJ gigs, Ken was immersed in music. Ken’s parents recognized a special gift in their only child one night when they overheard him at a party, playing along with an Al Green song note for note on a toy keyboard – long before his first music lesson! From that point on, they kept an instrument in his hands and eventually led him to the stringed instruments, and at the impressionable age of nine, he settled on the violin.
Throughout school, Ken trained classically to play the violin, which led him to becoming a founding member of the DeKalb Youth Pops Orchestra. He would also train himself how to play by ear by mocking the popular music heard on the radio. These experiences heightened his determination to continue his training to master the instrument. Always progressive with his music, Ken joined the African American Philharmonic Orchestra (AAPO) where he had the rare opportunity of performing background orchestral styling for the late, great Barry White. While a member of the AAPO, Ken had the honored privilege to work his way to, and hold the position of Concert Master.
Ken’s efforts pay him in many dividends. He now enjoys a solid and accomplished career, playing alongside some of contemporary jazz, soul and R&B greats such as Ledisi, Wayman Tisdale, Wyclef Jean, and Lalah Hathaway. The list goes on and on, and it continues to grow as audiences across the nation are introduced to this electrifying instrumentalist. With three successful CDs under his belt, his first release Burnt Toast, his sophomore release Chevelle Lane, and his third release Right Now, Ken continues to top the charts.
In addition to creating unique music and entertaining music lovers Worldwide, Ken aspires to give back to the community through The Ken Ford Foundation, a non-profit foundation to bring music back into the schools, with a focus on stringed instruments. Ken hopes to inspire young kids to think the word “cool” in association with these instruments, especially the violin. A Grammy-nominated laced celebration scheduled for June 25th at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, listeners of The Greenlight Project can tune in to have a chance to WIN tickets to experience this musical explosion! For more info, please visit www.TheKenFordFoundation.org.
Please support this amazing endeavor by purchasing tickets at http://kenfordfoundationbenefit.eventbrite.com/.
This show and concert you WILL NOT want to miss!!