As the wonderful “Buddy Holly of Memories,” Kenny James wows the crowds every night. His terrific voice, boundless energy and great personality create a formula for a fantastic act. Now you can read about Kenny’s career and the very nice performer who gives us this great segment.
1. Basic Facts:
A.) When is your birthday?
B.) Where were you born?
I was born in Hammond, Indiana.
C.) What is your favorite color?
My favorite colors are Blue and Black.
D.) What was your favorite subject in grade school?
I don't think I had a favorite subject in grade school but I do remember always loving music.
E.) What are your favorite hobbies?
My favorite hobbies are hunting, fishing, traveling, playing the guitar.
2.If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be? Why?
I don't know of anyone I would want to trade with. I am happy with who I am today. Maybe some big actor or something just for fun.
3. Where did you get your love for music?
I was born in 1965 (August 18th). I grew up in a family that was into music.
My father is my biggest inspiration. I learned to play guitar from him. I
learned to sing from him. He would sing Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Elvis,
Carl Perkins and all kinds of what I call "Honky Tonk" singers. So my
musical influences came early and were that of my family. I always felt that
our music that we listen to today is taken from the music as early as the
late forties and early fifties. I hold all of those artists with great
respect for paving the way.
4. You have worked with many great performers. What have you learned from
I have had the luck and honor of working with, and meeting with, some of the
greats. The Drifters, The Coasters, Chubby Checker, Tommy James and the
Shondells and in the country field Marty Stuart and Willie Nelson. They all
have had an effect on me. I have learned from each person on how to conduct
yourself on and off stage. The most pleasant surprise was learning that most
of them are Christians also. It made me realize that you can be a Christian
and still perform rock and roll and not worry about people thinking you're
the old cliche of what is portrayed by so many. Marty Stuart was the best.
We talked and I jokingly told him that when we meet again that is going to be
when I am walking off stage and he is walking on. Meaning I was going to be
his opening act. Then I said, "No, he is going to open for me." He stopped
and told me that I have a good attitude and the right heart. He said at that
point, "If you know it's out on you to doand it's in your heart, the Lord put
it there and if you work
with Him then you will make it." I felt that to be a huge statement and
always refer to that when I feel I need a kick in the pants.
5. Have you always wanted to be an entertainer?I think I always knew that it was what I was going to do. I held down a few
different jobs(construction, car sales, managed music stores, owned a music
store) but always knew that I was going to entertain. And have since I was
6. Do you feel you're like Buddy Holly in any way?
I don't know if there are any similarities with Buddy Holly outside of the
music. I think he was just as passionate as I. From what I have learned, he
had a lot of fun on stage, and I do too. I try to spread that fun around. I
read his book and know that he loved to try things. He bought a motorcycle,
a ski boat, cars. I don't have a boat, but I love my motorcycle and I like
7. What are your favorite:
My favorite books are biographies. Buddy Holly. Carl Perkins. I just now
received Waylon Jennings', He was Buddy's bass player on his last tour.
Wyatt Earp was good. In school my favorite was To Kill a Mockingbird.
My favorite movie is probably Tombstone. It was about the days of
Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.
C.) Television shows?
I don't get to watch tv too much while doing the show, but I would have to
say I like ER. I got hooked on The Sopranos (HBO) but don't
have cable here. Probably my favorite is Andy Griffith. Gotta love
8. Your voice is remarkably like Buddy Holly's. Have you had to have any
special training to achieve this sound?
I did have to work on the Buddy Holly voice to get the right dialect. His
phrasing was the most important. Our range is similar, but I had to work on
his accent. It's funny, because I had a little bit of that coming from
Indiana. Some of us up there do have a little slang to our talk. When I
moved to Las Vegas, I worked in an acting class and was taught proper
diction. Buddy being my career, I just lost it and went back to the accent.
Weird how thing work out.