Kenny Wayne Shepherd can be counted among the professional entertainers who were positively influenced by their fathers in their formative years. In Kenny’s case, his father, a local radio personality and concert promoter gave him access to his music collection, which refined his early interest in music.
As a result, Kenny has been in the entertainment industry since 1990, with seven of his singles rising into the top ten from 1995 onwards. The same seven singles also hold the record as the longest-running album in the Billboard Blues Charts. The singer, songwriter, record producer, and guitarist has been nominated for five Grammy Award nominations, won several Blues Music Awards, two Orville H Gibson Awards, and two Billboard Music Awards.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Bio, Age
The identity of Kenny’s mother is not known, but his father is Ken Shephard, a former local radio personality and concert promoter who owned a large collection of songs. The singer and songwriter were born on June 12, 1977, in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. His name was Kenny Wayne Brobst and he began experimenting with the guitar at the age of 3, supported by a set of plastic guitars with S&H Green Stamps, which were gifts from his grandmother.
As for his education, he graduated from Caddo Magnet High School in Shreveport when the young entertainer began to take a serious interest in music. His biggest influence at the time was his father, who gave him access to his music cache, which he studied seriously. In no time, the aspiring singer was already writing his own music and recording demos, and when he was 16 years old, he was discovered by Giant Records during a video performance at the Red River Revel Art Festival. Kenny Wayne was later signed by the label, and his music career was born.
Together with Barry Goldberg and Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd founded the Rides in 2013. The trio set to work and by August 27, 2013, they had written, recorded, and released the CD entitled Can’t Get Enough. According to one of the founding members of the band – Stephen Stills – Rides is the blues band of his dreams.
In 2013, the band toured the United States in support of their first record, which culminated in the band members performing with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show. It looks like the band took a break after their first tour, but they got back together in 2015 and released a second release called Pierced Arrow, which will be released in Europe in 2016 under the stable of the Mascot Label Group
Through his successful career in the entertainment industry, Kenny Wayne has accumulated a remarkable wealth to his name. His current net worth is estimated at $10 million, which is believed to stem from several world tours, sales of his music albums, and successful television appearances during his 28+ year career.
A closer look at Kenny’s relationship status shows that he is currently married to Hanna Gibson – the daughter of the famous actor Mel Gibson. The couple got married on September 16, 2006. The wedding, which took place in a traditional Catholic ceremony in which Holy Mass was celebrated entirely in Latin, took place at the Holy Family Catholic Church, built by Mel Gibson himself in Agoura Hills, California. Through his successful marriage to Hanna, Kenny became the brother-in-law of Tommy Gibson, Edward Gibson, Milo Gibson, Christian Gibson, Louis Gibson, and William Gibson. The marriage of Hanna and Kenny lasted over 12 years and still today they live happily together with their five children.
Before his marriage to Hanna, the singer was married to Melissa Adcock, who was his high school sweetheart since he was 17 years old. Their marriage took place in 2000, but only two years later the marriage broke up. The couple separated in 2002.
Other Facts About Kenny Wayne Shepherd
- Body Stats
The details of the singer’s body measurements are not known, but he has an average build with long brown hair, which is believed to be colored. His eyes are colored light brown.
- Social Media Influence
The veteran singer is present in social media, and his fan base on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram is growing day by day. On Facebook alone, Kenny has accumulated up to 819,000 followers and more are still growing. His followers on Twitter and Instagram are more than 39.3k and 61.7k.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd is known for his expertise in various musical genres, including pop/rock, rock, modern electric blues, blues, hard rock, contemporary blues, and blues-rock.