Singer/Songwriter Rod Kinny - Music With a Deeper Meaning
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Old Into New
Music with a deeper meaning is more than a slogan for Rod Kinny. It serves equally as a virtue and mantra. Rod Kinny redefines Singer/Songwriter to include eclectic and innovative songwriting with a passion for excellent studio production. After years of playing bass for rock bands in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and a seven year exile, he was reborn in 2000 as a Singer/Songwriter.
With many years of musical experience Rod adopted a Brian Wilson type of approach to his music. Great attention to songwriting ensued to include elements of melody and a much expanded audio canvas to make his compositions multidimensional. Also along his journey Rod’s spirituality continued to unfold and expand bringing an awareness far above & beyond the confines of modern life. Much of his work and his life is about stepping out from the darkness into the light.
In 2007 Rod sought the services of Grammy award winning artist & producer Joe Puerta of Ambrosia and Bruce Hornsby & The Range. Three years later the result is now before you. “Higher Self” is Rod Kinny’s pinnacle of musical excellence and can indeed be defined as music with a deeper meaning.
A longtime musician, Rod Kinny has always had a passion for his craft. Beginning in elementary school with band and choir to playing bass in local rock bands. After graduating high school in a desperate attempt to escape his hometown of Austin, MN. Rod enlisted in the US Air Force. In the mid 1980's he found himself stationed in England. Not particularly fond of his G.I. duties, while off duty he would escape base. Most often to the lure of the bright lights of London for music, art, pubs, & nightclubs. Initially hesitant of some of the British pop charts, he soon came to appreciate the music of Level 42, Peter Gabriel, Scritti Pollitti, and many others. After leaving the Air Force and taking up digs in Minneapolis, he was playing in bands and doing catering. With frustration mounting, playing bass in local rock bands wasn't perking his creativity. And so, he quit music...... Only to be reborn as a solo artist. In early 2002 he released his lifelong dream of a solo record.
"Seven Dials" was independently produced on a modest budget and found it's way to internet radio stations around the world. Rod was the winner of a silver artist's award from Radio Gets Wild, an internet radio station in England. Feeling the positive impact he began to write for a second release. In 2005 Rod released The Rod Kinny EP. Recorded at Starvu Studios, owned by Dr. Fink, formerly with Prince & The Revolution. A more polished release from his first cd, he did his first ever tour of Australia in early 2006.
In early 2007 he began his most ambitious recording project to date with Producer Joe Puerta of Ambrosia, and Bruce Hornsby & The Range. The result is the CD “Higher Self” released in May of 2010. “Higher Self” has sold copies in 11 countries and the title track went to #1 on Indie-Music.com’s Adult Contemporary chart. Please visit www.RodKinny.com for the latest happenings.
The miracle of life
Is always with you
The album “Higher Self” by Rod Kinny is sparkling pop/rock with a touch of smooth jazz and a bit of country. It is filled with positive emotions and it received this expressive name not by chance.
The music of “Higher Self” and the manner of Rod Kinny performing and singing reminded me of the legendary Bee Gees to some extent. But the artist definitely has his own established style. His acoustic guitar playing is very accurate. The harmonies of “Higher Self” are enjoyable. The album is easily listened to from the first seconds to the last ones.Additional instruments such as bass and electric guitars, drums, percussion, keyboards, violin, saxophone, flute, trumpet and backing vocals are perfectly added to Rod Kinny’s songs. In general, all this diversity of instruments is united into a single whole.“Higher Self” will be interesting not only for melodious pop/rock admirers, but for all those who love original multidimensional music. This album is undoubtedly not for one-time listening.
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