Kenny Wayne Shepherd can be counted among the professional entertainers who were positively influenced by their fathers during their formative years. In Kenny’s case, his dad, a local radio personality and concert promoter gave him access to his music collection which honed his early interest in music.
Consequently, Kenny has been active in the entertainment industry since 1990 with seven of his singles making it to the top ten from 1995. The same seven singles also hold the record as the longest-running album on the Billboard Blues Charts. On his awards and achievements shelf, the singer, songwriter, record producer and guitarist has five Grammy Award nominations to his credit, has bagged a couple of Blues Music Awards, two Orville H Gibson Awards and two Billboard Music Awards.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Bio, Age
The identity of Kenny’s mom is not known but his dad is Ken Shephard, a one-time local radio personality and concert promoter who had a large collection of songs. The singer cum songwriter came into the world on the 12th day of June 1977 in Shreveport, Louisiana United States. He was named Kenny Wayne Brobst and started experimenting with the guitar at the age of 3, aided by a series of plastic guitars with S&H Green Stamps which were gifts from his grandma.
About his education, he graduated from Caddo Magnet High School Shreveport at which time the young entertainer started picking a serious interest in music. His greatest influence then was his dad who gave him access to his music cache which he studied in earnest. In no time, the rising singer was already writing his own music as well as recording demos and by the time he was 16, he was spotted by Giant Records in a video performance at the Red River Revel Art Festival. Kenny Wayne was later signed by the label and thus, his music career was born.
Along with Barry Goldberg and Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd formed the Rides in 2013. The trio went to work and by the 27th of August 2013, they had written, recorded and released the CD titled Can’t Get Enough. According to one of the band’s founding members – Stephen Stills, the band Rides is the blues band of his dreams.
2013 saw the band touring the United States in support of their first record which culminated in the band members appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. It looks like the band gave it a break after their first tour, but they came back together in 2015 and put up a second release titled Pierced Arrow which was released in Europe in 2016 under the stable of Mascot Label Group
Through his successful career in the entertainment industry, Kenny Wayne has gathered a remarkable wealth to his name. His current net worth is estimated at $10 million which is believed to have come from several world tours, sales of his music albums and successful television appearances in his career which has spanned over 28 years.
A closer look at Kenny’s relationship status reveals that he is currently married to Hanna Gibson – the daughter of the famous actor Mel Gibson. The couple tied the nuptials on the 16th of September 2006, the wedding, which was done in a traditional Catholic ceremony with the holy mass served entirely in Latin, took place at the Holy Family Catholic Church, built by Mel Gibson himself in Agoura Hills California. Kenny’s successful marriage to Hanna made him a brother-in-law to Tommy Gibson, Edward Gibson, Milo Gibson, Christian Gibson, Louis Gibson, and William Gibson. Hanna and Kenny’s marriage spans over 12 years and still counting, they are living happily together with their five kids.
Before his marriage to Hanna, the singer was married to Melissa Abcook who was his high school sweetheart since he was 17 years old. Their marriage took place in 2000 but hit the rocks just two years after. The couple called it quits in 2002.
Other Facts About Kenny Wayne Shepherd
The details of the singer’s body measurement are not known but he comes with an average body build with long brown hair which is believed to be dyed. His eyes are light brown in color.
Social Media Influence
The veteran singer has a presence on the social media and his following on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram keep growing by the day. On Facebook alone, Kenny has amassed as much as 819k followers and still counting. His following on Twitter and Instagram are more than 39.3k and 61.7k respectively.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been known to be competent at different genres of music which include; pop/rock, rock, modern electric blues, blues, hard rock, contemporary blues, and blues-rock.