Experienced musician James Kennedy has gone solo with his latest record ‘Home’, after years of touring with bands. As front-man of Welsh hardcore-rock group, Kyshera, James has shared stages with big names such as The Stereophonics and has performed for many a sold-out crowd.
The rock and roll lifestyle might seem all glitz and glamour, but the incessant touring took its toll on James, leaving him feeling severely depressed. Consequently, he decided to take a break and it was during this time that Kennedy formed ‘Home’. James turned to what he was good at: songwriting, and this was what helped him through some difficult times.It wasn’t long before ‘Home’ was fully recorded and mastered, but James’ album won’t be out until March 31st.
Since diverging from Kyshera and their aggressive rock sound, James has adopted a more melodic and easy-listening rock style for his solo material. Despite this, there are still elements of classic rock in his music, including powerful solos and memorable chord structures.
Kennedy had serious hearing problems as a child, resulting in 3 major surgeries and the fear of permanent hearing loss always present. This led to his school life being interrupted, developing his ability for self learning, which he applied to learning guitar, vocals, piano, bass and music production. The entirely self taught musician was soon accepted to Welsh College of Music & Drama where he developed his skills further, before working in a recording studio, which he used to form his own label Konic Records.
Titled the 32nd sexiest man in Wales, James Kennedy doesn’t just have soulful raspy vocals and a dynamic performance style. Drawing similarities with Prince, The Script and Paolo Nutini, ‘Home’ reflects Kennedy’s journey of depression from dark to light.