News of Kenneth Whalum’s new single “Party” should spread quickly, with its addictive soulful feelings he obviously wears directly on sleeves. While his voice may share a likeness to that of Devandra Barnhart, musically Whalum is akin to the likes of Frank Ocean and D’Angelo, sharing more with R&B than anything else. With the release of the single also comes news of the new album, Broken Land 2 (Secretly Canadian) set for release on July 16, 2021.
Kenneth Whalum balances personal maturation and artistic evolution, a testimony to the fact that he is equal parts vivid storyteller and dynamic, nuanced musician. Singer, songwriter, and saxophonist Kenneth Whalum was reared as much by his parents as he was by the melodies that narrated his earliest dreams. Born and raised in Memphis, TN, his family immersed him in both liturgical and secular music. Kenneth’s journey to date has been as much the product of destiny’s script as it is the result of his conscious dedication to his art.
“With my saxophone, I could touch you with my feelings and emotions. I could make you hear the hurt, like Coltrane. But now, I want to tell the actual story.” – Kenneth Whalum