Dan Kenneth is a contemporary R&B and Gospel artist from Wilmington, Delaware. With deep family ties to his hometown and the South, Dan’s motivation to make music is rooted in his faith. Early in life, Dan started his musical career performing with local Wilmington group “Vision,” whose spiritual music fused R&B and jazz in a non-traditional style. Dan continued to make music, and his career was jumpstarted by his partnership with writer and producer Rod Clemmons of Verdict Records. Together, they collaborated to create a collection of songs that celebrate Dan as an artist and his creative and spiritual vision. “From The Heart” is the album that emerged from this partnership, and it will be available later this year. Follo
Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
My families’ origins are in Charleston, SC. I grew up in Wilmington, De and started singing in churches at an early age. My grandmother who we lovingly called ” Mouvie” discovered the talent for singing and would teach me gospel songs and hymns which I then sang in youth programs. Years later I became the worship leader at my church sometimes singing every night for monthly revivals. Afterwards some friends and I formed a group called Vision which delivered a gospel message in the forms of rock, R&B and jazz. We went on to perform on stages with many gospel greats. However as long as I can remember I always wanted to be a singer that would reach the masses.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
My advice is to be consistent and unmovable!! Things don’t always just happen, people don’t always support and record labels don’t come knocking at your door. However if this is what you say you want to do, you must believe in that! Be humble, be respectful but be in for work even when others are not.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
I think every artist makes mistakes and sometimes things happen that you don’t expect. Most of the times the audience doesn’t even know, I just keep going and learn from them for the next performance.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
AI will be starting my first small tour in May. I am looking forward to the experience and I’m sure I’ll have many a story to tell.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
I leave the studio to the techs!
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
Social Media is a wonderful way to promote your music but the best way is good old fashioned performance.. perform, perform, perform and give it to them every time!
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
AI loved dance music and I love gospel that isn’t an alienation..I loved Andrea Crouch, my favorite gospel singer R.I.P.,I guess I’m odd when it comes to music and performers. Loved Donna Summer, First Choice, Janet Jackson to name a few. I love House Music but I think I’d love to sing with the Isley Brothers maybe something inspirational. I’d love to perform in The UK and China . I’ve heard that the audiences are very appreciative of different kinds of music!
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I want to expose this album to the fullest and I’ve been working on an animated series and a movie idea which will show some of the downs and ups of attempting to reach for something you really want… coming from my life experience.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I couldn’t think of anything more I’d love to do, but if I weren’t doing music I’d want to do something positive to uplift people.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
fans should be looking for something different an unusual from the message I want to relay and that life and spirituality shouldn’t be anything anyone should be afraid or uneasy about. You either accept it or reject it but it will always be a positive message. A message that makes you free!!
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
I would like to shout out to the memory of my grandmother Della Wilson, the memory of my son Miguel Vasquez, and all my encouragement through the years Mark Kane my parents Mr and Mrs James Ravenel , brother Kevin Ravenel and ofcourse Rod Clemmons and Verdict Records LLC who made this so possible… and always my love to every single solitary fan who has supported this album … God bless you Exposed vocals and much love to all!!!