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Harrison Kennedy Musician
Harrison Kennedy
Born (1942-03-09) March 9, 1942 (age 76)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Genres Electric blues, R&B, soul blues
Singer-songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica, mandolin
Late 1960s-present
Labels Various including Electro-Fi Records
Chairmen of the Board
Website Official website

Harrison Kennedy (born March 9, 1942) is a Black Canadian[1]electric blues, R&B, and soul blues, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known for being the lead vocalist on the Chairmen of the Board song, "Chairman of the Board",[2] but has had a varied solo career since the mid-1970s.[3] He was awarded the 2016 "Blues Album of the Year" Juno Award for his release, This Is From Here.[4] It was Kennedy's sixth nomination for that Award.[5] He is also a Blues Music Award,[6] and multiple Maple Blues Award nominee.[7]

Life and career

Harrison Kennedy was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[3] His family had roots in New Orleans and Tennessee,[8].[9] Kennedy sang in the Stewart Memorial Church Choir as a boy, when childhood trips took him over the border to visit relations in Arkansas, Rogersville, Tennessee,[9] and Detroit, Illinois, United States, and all these experiences expanded his love of music.[6][10] in 1974

Kennedy relocated to Detroit and joined the Chairmen of the Board in 1970,[9] a group started as part of the then newly created Holland-Dozier-Holland record labels, Invictus Records and Hot Wax Records.[3] Kennedy played on the recording of Marvin Gaye's 1971 song, "What's Going On".[10] Following a string of hit records with Chairmen of the Board, which included "Give Me Just a Little More Time", "(You've Got Me) Dangling on a String", and "Everything's Tuesday", Kennedy left in 1974 and set out on a solo career.[9] Kennedy served with the United States Air Force and later worked for Allied Chemical Corporation.[9]

Over the years on a part-time basis he played a variety of musical genres including funk, soul, R&B, folk, rock, and gospel.[5][11] Kennedy spent almost 30 years outside of the music industry, before returning as a blues singer and guitarist with 2003's Sweet Taste.[12] In 2007, Kennedy signed a new recording contract with Electro-Fi Records and has since released a number of internationally acclaimed albums.[5] In 2008, Kennedy was nominated for Best Blues Recording in Canada's Juno Awards.[3] He separately achieved second place against 83 others in the solo/duo category at the 2011 International Blues Challenge.[13] In 2013 he also overcame a spell of prostate cancer.[14][15]

In 2013 he released Soulscape,[10] on which he played a variety of instruments,[16] which was followed by the Juno winning album, This Is From Here. It featured Colin Linden on several tracks,[5] from a total of six of which Kennedy wrote.[17] The album has also won the Grand Prix du Disque for Blues award from the Acade;mie Charles Cros in France, as the 2015 Blues Album of the Year. Harrison toured in late 2014 with Ruthie Foster, Eric Bibb and Jerome Michael Brown.[5][18] He also appeared as a guest performer on Bibb's 2014 album, Blues People.[19]



Year Title Record label
1972 Hypnotic Music Invictus Records
1989 Live In The Eye The Independent Label
2003 Sweet Taste N/K
2005 Voice Story Black & Tan Records
2007 High Country Blues Electro-Fi Records
2009 One Dog Barkin' Electro-Fi Records
2011 Shame the Devil Electro-Fi Records
2013 Soulscape Electro-Fi Records
2014 This Is From Here Electro-Fi Records


See also


  1. ^ Adrienne Shadd (2010-12-14). "The Journey from Tollgate to Parkway: African Canadians in Hamilton". Books.google.co.uk. p. 189. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "Chairmen Of The Board - Chairman Of The Board". Discogs.com. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ a b c d Chris True. "Harrison Kennedy | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Junos award winners include Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Weeknd and Justin Bieber". CBC News, By David Bell, Apr 02, 2016
  5. ^ a b c d e "Harrison Kennedy". Harrisonkennedy.ca. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ a b "2016 | Blues Album of the Year | Harrison Kennedy | The JUNO Awards". Junoawards.ca. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Harrison Kennedy nominated for five blues awards". Thespec.com. 2015-10-31. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ Eagle, Bob; LeBlanc, Eric S. (2013). Blues - A Regional Experience. Santa Barbara: Praeger Publishers. p. 252. ISBN 978-0313344237. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Bob L. Eagle; Eric S. LeBlanc. "Blues: A Regional Experience". Books.google.co.uk. p. 252. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ a b c "Harrison Kennedy breathes blues on new album 'This is from Here' - Latest Hamilton news - CBC Hamilton". Cbc.ca. 2014-10-31. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "2008 Artists | Vancouver Folk Music Festival". Thefestival.bc.ca. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ Stewart Mason. "High Country Blues - Harrison Kennedy | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ "Past Artists -- Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts". Bravoniagara.org. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "Vire;e Blues". Vireeblues.ca. 2015-02-25. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "Harrison Kennedy just wants a world with less hate". The Globe and Mail. 2013-11-15. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "HARRISON KENNEDY Soulscape - Blues Matters review". Bluesmatters.com. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ "HARRISON KENNEDY This Is From Here". Bluesmatters.com. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ "(Featuring Harrison Kennedy "This Is From Here")". Blues Underground Network. 2015-02-17. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ "Discography | Blues People | Eric Bibb - Official website". Eric Bibb. 2014-11-04. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ "Harrison Kennedy | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved . 

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