Kenny Hamber – R&B Crooner Extraordinaire
By. Jocelyne Hudson-Brown-Inquiring News-CT
Manchester, CT – Soul singer Kenny Hamber is deserving of his own episode of “Unsung”. The Baltimore native has survived decades in the entertainment industry and continues to thrill audiences worldwide.
Before Disco and Hip-Hop took center stage Soul, R&B and Gospel music were the mainstays for Black singers. It was music uniquely African-American filled with all of the nuances of life and love as was known at that time. Entertainers were more than just singers they were stylists.
The men were men and the ladies were elegant. They gave their all at every performance and the fans were never disappointed. This is the school from which Hamber comes from. Thrilling audiences from Baltimore, to Bridgeport, to Budapest Hamber says, “Thank God I’m still performing and am one of the legends of R&B music because I was part of the Philadelphia Sound. I will carry on that tradition until the good Lord takes me.” In the tradition of Josephine Baker and Jimi Hendrix, Hamber also has a huge overseas following. “In Spain and in Germany they know so much about our music and are very appreciative of it.
Over there they respect the artist and treasure the music if it is done correctly and reaches the heart.” Listening to him speak about upcoming recording and performance engagements Hamber shows the same excitement and enthusiasm as a kid just entering the business.
“This is the only job I’ve ever had and liked. When I was a kid my mom took me to a Jackie Wilson concert and I fell in love (with music) right there.” Hamber has co-authored a book about the story of his life in and out of show business called “Tears in My Eyes” which is also the name of the first song he wrote and recorded. “I had so much in me about how I came up in Baltimore and the music industry and I wanted to share that.”
Kenny Hamber will appear live in concert along with Blue Magic and The Ebonys at the Vibz Uptown Ballroom on Saturday September 24th.
Showtime is 7:00. For tickets call 860-647-7380 or visit bluemagichartford.eventbrite.com.
“This is a show for lovers. When music was music.” notes Hamber. Kenny Hamber, Blue Magic and the Ebonys are distinct voices in the annals of black music that will never be duplicated. It promises to be a night to remember! Jocelyne Hudson-Brown is a Society of Professional Journalists award winner and longtime correspondent for Inquiring News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.