The music of Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore reflects the best of all worlds because he combines the timeless sounds of traditional R&B with his own unique contemporary flair to create a universal sound that transcends boundaries and appeals to audiences of all ages, races and genres. His body of work, which includes hits such as “Never Too Busy” and the Grammy-nominated “For You,” has garnered two gold-selling albums, the NAACP Image Award for Best New Artist as well as nominations from the Soul Train and Stellar Awards.
The music of Kenny Lattimore powerfully connects with the hearts of women and the minds of men. His work inspires numerous artists, including Kanye West, who sampled Lattimore’s “Lately” in the song “I’m In It,” which features Assassin and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and is included on West’s new No. 1 album, Yeezus. Of course, Lattimore’s relationship with West goes back for years. Indeed, West received his first production credits on Lattimore’s “Never Too Busy” and “Just What It Takes.”
Considered a “modern soul man” by The New York Times, Lattimore has received rave reviews for his dramatic stage shows, musical sensuality and a vocal agility perfectly coupled with a compelling subtlety. A diverse array of artists, including Musiq Soulchild, Rachelle Ferrell, Ray J, Nancy Wilson, Heather B., Kim Waters and Brian Culbertson, have sought out his talents for their own projects. He performed the duet “Love Will Find a Way” with Heather Headley that was featured on The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride. He and Chanté Moore recorded the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell duet “You’re All I Need to Get By” that was chosen as the theme song for the BET show The Family Crews.
Much like John Legend, Lionel Richie, Frank Sinatra and Aaron Neville, his artistically respected music defies categorization and attracts racially mixed audiences in widely varied settings, such as jazz festivals, adult contemporary events, R&B tours and all-American musical gatherings. He is currently completing a new album and preparing to tour with Lalah Hathaway later this year.
His charismatic personality and powerful presence have also made him an in-demand actor of film, stage and screen and a captivating motivational speaker. He has appeared in movies such as The Seat Filler and the Kim Fields-directed Holiday Love and the Gospel Music Channel’s A Cross to Bear. His television credits include The Young and the Restless, Moesha, The Parkers and Abby. In his theatrical journey, he has starred alongside reality sensation NeNe Leakes, singer Angie Stone and supermodel Tyson Beckford in the hit play Loving Him Is Killing Me. He joined Vanessa Bell Calloway, Dorien Wilson and Jackee Hardee in the Don B. Welch productions Heavenbound and A Change Is Gonna Come. He was featured in the Thomas Meloncon-directed hit play Whatever Happened to Black Love, which also starred Ernest Thomas and Bobbi Baker of Tyler Perry’s sitcom The House of Payne.
The single father combines movie-star good looks with a strong sense of family and responsibility. He’s a positive role model for young men of all races and is dedicated to using his life and platform as a tool to inspire others to pursue excellence and focus on the right priorities in life. He is committed to elevating the conversation about art, culture, family and faith.
He is driven by a mission to show the "strong, but sensitive and caring side of Black men." It is a message that isn’t just needed for black men, but for all men who are receiving a barrage of mixed messages in today’s society. He and actor Lamman Rucker served as the spokesman for Tied to Greatness, an outreach program designed to improve the self-image of at-risk high school males in inner cities. In 2009, he was the spokesman for The ASHE Foundation, which provides shoes and basic necessities to African children. In 2011, he established The Kenny Lattimore Foundation to transform the lives of young people through mentoring, education and the arts. He supports the United Negro College Fund and participated in the 2011 UNCF Empower Me Tour with Brian White, Monique Jackson and Keita Williams.
His love and music and philosophies of faith and positivity were instilled during his childhood in Washington, D.C., where he grew up singing in the church and talent shows and studying classical and chamber music. He won the honor of Maryland Distinguished Scholar for Performing Arts and then studied Architecture and Planning at Howard University. While in college, he joined the group Maniquin, which was signed to Epic Records. The lead single from the band’s debut project was “I Wanna Ride,” an answer song to Pebbles’ hit “Mercedes Boy.”
He launched a solo career with the 1996 Columbia Records self-titled album that contained the hits “Never Too Busy” and “For You,” which remains a staple at weddings around the world. The album achieved gold status and an NAACP Image Award for best new artist. Next came the 1998 popular album From the Soul of Man, another gold-certified album that received critical acclaim for its classical styling on hits such as “Days Like This” and “If I Lose My Woman.” He received tremendous praise for his cover of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Legendary music mogul Clive Davis signed him to Arista Records, where he unveiled a more contemporary sound on the 2001 album Weekend. The title track, which sampled Blondie’s “Rapture” became an international hit. Two years later, he recorded the duets album Things That Lovers Do with his then-wife Chante’ Moore that contained the hits “Loveable (From Your Head to Your Toes)” and “You Don’t Have to Cry.” They followed that with the double-CD duets album of gospel and R&B love songs called Uncovered/Covered that spawned hits such as “Figure It Out” and” Make Me Like the Moon.” The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Gospel albums chart and No. 10 on the Billboard R&B albums chart.
In 2008, he released Timeless, a Verve Records cover album that offered new interpretations of classic songs originally recorded by The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Al Green, Donny Hathaway and others. He has continued to show depth and growth as a recording artist, producer and songwriter. He launched his own label, SincereSoul Records, in 2012 and is preparing to release his new album in 2014. He has earned the reputation as one of today’s premier male vocalists, as well as a compelling songwriter who passionately explores universal themes and truths in a fresh new way. He makes music from his heart that feeds his listeners’ souls both lyrically and melodically. His music offers a much-needed oasis of depth and substance in a world that is hungry for both.