“Peagler’s ability to utilize one primary instrument without it becoming redundant or stale distinctly displays a sense of mastery and thought-provoking initiative to create an exuberant piece of music that will remain timeless for years to come.”
“...in his inventive solos he is colorful and effortlessly switches between lyrical and ecstatic play. he produces a lot of notes and constantly surprises with slick harmonic twists. his playing is unheard of and is rooted in the tradition of old masters such as Ray Charles and Earl Hines.”
“…Kenny Peagler on the yamaha [piano] makes the hair rise on my arms and shivers run over my back…” - The Blues Alone (Netherlands)
In the heart of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kenny Peagler embarked on a musical journey that eventually led him from the city's industrial landscape to the bustling streets of New York City. Today, he stands as an accomplished pianist and singer-songwriter, offering audiences a captivating fusion of heartfelt, acoustic-driven R&B and soul.
Kenny's formative years were spent at Boston's renowned New England Conservatory of Music, where his talent flourished under the mentorship of musical luminaries. Here, he meticulously refined his unique musical style, characterized by a seamless blend of live instrumentation, improvisational brilliance, and soulful vocals, all intricately interwoven with elements of gospel and jazz. This intricate fusion now defines Kenny's artistic identity—a harmonious intersection of jazz, soul, and gospel, embellished with his virtuosic piano technique.
Throughout his career, Kenny has graced stages worldwide, leaving an indelible mark with each performance. Noteworthy highlights include a captivating set for President Barack Obama at the NAACP Centennial celebration in New York City, a testament to Kenny's unwavering belief in the unifying power of music.
Internationally, Kenny enraptured audiences at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Orvieto, Italy, transcending language barriers with his emotionally charged compositions. His virtuosity was further cemented as the keyboardist for Source Magazine's "Source 360" event, held at New York City's Barclays Center, where he shared the stage with luminaries such as Lil' Kim, Wu-Tang Clan, and Tribe Called Quest.
As the world eagerly anticipates his forthcoming album, "Human," Kenny Peagler unveils a remarkable collaboration with a cadre of Grammy-winning musicians. Featuring talents like Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Dean Brown, Will Lee, Bakithi Kumalo, Charles “Poogie Bell,” and Lakesha Benjamin, the album promises to be an exceptional tour de force.
The journey commences with the release of the album's inaugural single, "Dance Tonight (Like No One's In the Room)," offering a tantalizing glimpse into the melodic enchantment awaiting listeners. Kenny's innate ability to infuse each note with raw emotion is his hallmark. Every lyric and melody is painstakingly crafted, resulting in an immersive experience that lingers long after the music has ceased.
Kenny Peagler's music stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of an artist who weaves tales through the keys of his piano and the depths of his soul, resonating with audiences worldwide.
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