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Kenyon Carter

Kenyon Carter is an Atlanta-based jazz saxophonist and recording artist recognized for his melodic smooth jazz compositions and engaging live performances. He expresses his creative and soulful style through a beautiful and sultry sound. Although unique and entirely unmistakeable, he has been compared to contemporary smooth jazz favorites like Boney James, Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum and Gerald Albright. 
 
Songs For My Father, Kenyon’s most recent album, is a dedication to his father, Kent Carter, who passed away in early 2013. The album debuted at #4 on iTunes’ top jazz album chart, features jazz arrangements of ten all-time favorite gospel hymns and has received rave reviews and airplay on jazz radio. “The Jazz Evangelist,” Scott Fugate declares “Kenyon’s virtuosity is on full display here in his diverse arrangements as well as his range, covering a spectrum of jazz styles from blues, swing, smooth, straight ahead, and even a light bossa on “To God Be The Glory." This album is a rich, relaxing and spiritual experience that will warm your soul.”
 
Raised in South Georgia, Kenyon’s call to jazz came early, picking up his first saxophone at thirteen. He began his formal education at Valdosta State University, where he earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Jazz Performance and Music Education. Later, he pursued graduate work at Georgia State University, where he earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies.
 
Kenyon’s debut album, Right By My Side, is a smooth jazz album that crosses over into easy listening and instrumental pop. The melodic tunes, with their colorful landscapes of rhythms and grooves, helped the project gain widespread international airplay and two of the tracks earn placement on GrooveJazzMusic.com’s “Top 100 Smooth Jazz Songs” list in 2012.
 
Today, Kenyon lives in Atlanta with his wife, Chris, and keeps an active calendar of live performances and studio projects. Songs for My Father and Right By My Side are now available at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and directly from www.kenyoncarter.com. 

About Kenyon Carter:

* Born and raised in South Georgia (Tifton, GA)
* Earned bachelors degrees in both jazz performance and music education at Valdosta State University and a master’s degree in jazz studies from Georgia State University
* Worked as a band director at both the middle and high school levels from 2001-2009 in addition to maintaining a studio of private saxophone students of all ages (primarily motivated high school and college age students)
* Currently lives in midtown Atlanta with his wife Chris. Performs, composes, arranges, and produces music as his full time career. Also teaches highly motivated saxophone students throughout the state and maintains a jazz saxophone studio at North Georgia College and State University.

Primary Influences:
* Smooth Jazz: Grover Washington Jr., Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Richard Elliott
* Jazz: Dexter Gordon, Hank Mobley, Sonny Stitt, Michael Brecker and Josh Redman
* Pop: Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Prince, Steely Dan
* Country: Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Alison Krauss, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood

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