BIO - Who i am
THIS is WHO I AM. Ken Holt chose the name Who I Am for his music project because it calls for authenticity in the music. Whether recording or performing live, Ken’s goal is that the music played and the interaction with fans would be a clear representation of the purpose of Who I Am. The PURPOSE of Who I Am is to create a welcoming community based upon a love and appreciation for music and a love and respect for all people. This means that songs written, relationships with other musicians and fans, can all be viewed through the lens of this statement; a beautiful barometer of authenticity.
Ken Holt is celebrating 50 Years of music. Ken was the kid playing Mitch Ryder hits in the High School gym. After Jacksonville University, Ken and band mates played every college in New England. The Southern Rock era brought opening slots for Charlie Daniels, the Outlaws, 38-Special, and ZZ Top. At the Boston Garden the road crew for The Who, asked, are you only going to use those Twin Reverbs? “Yes.” Two albums with MCA, touring, all contributed to Ken’s musical education. Speaking of schooling, Ken earned 2 Masters Degrees and with a focus on Youth, served as music leader for Middle and High School conferences throughout the Southeast. One acoustic guitar and 1,000 voices is powerful and memorable.
TODAY, true to his Purpose statement, Ken faithfully demonstrates his love and appreciation for music. Three Bonnaroo’s and multiple Americana Festivals in Nashville serve to influence Ken’s song writing. The founder of Lanny Boy Music L.L.C., he works daily on writing and recording a new Blend of Americana music. Let’s be honest, we all bring different things to the table. The musical influences that reverberate through Ken’s songbook, the lyrics that spring from Ken’s Life experience, the chords that fall into place because they are so comfortably familiar or uniquely original, ALL of these factors are helping to create a new Blend of music. Even Ken’s vocal style, described as interesting and quirky, is uniquely Ken’s; which, in a crowded air-space, can be a good thing. THIS is WHO I AM. Welcome.