Kevin first played to an audience in 1974 as a member of Count. In time, other groups followed...Apollo, Wheatstone-Bridge, Rockslide, The Reflections, The Marbles, The Colts, Coldshot, The Keys and most recently Kevin & The Hi-Fives.
Kevin cites his favourite performers/ writers as Johnny Cash, Paul Simon, Carole King, John Lennon and Hank Williams Sr. He also lists the Frank Sinatra catalogue as tops. The song Kevin wishes he had most written is the Jimmy Webb 1960's masterpiece Macarthur Park. Current groups include Bon Jovi, Lonestar and Blue Rodeo.
In 1980 Kevin recorded an album titled Breakthrough at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. This resulted in 4 nationally charted singles listed in the Canadian music publication RPM Magazine. One of the tracks, "A Dreamer And A Fool" enjoyed Top 10 status (peaking in May 1982) for 6 weeks and remained on the RPM Canadian Country 100 for 6 months. It eventually became the 68th most popular Canadian country song of 1982. In "The Autumn Of My Life". "The Beginning Of The End" and "I Can't Waste Another Moment" also fared well achieving national Top 30 placings. Kevin closed out the 1980's with 2 Don Grashey originals, "The Third Time" and "Your Love". Both were received favourably at radio but didn't crack the national survey. Great moments of the Nashville dates included sharing session notes over tea with Brenda Lee and Wayne Newton on separate occasions and meeting the great Johnny Cash at the Grand Ole Opry. Kevin received a nomination as Top Male Singer at the Canadian Academy of Country Music Awards held in Ottawa, Canada in September 1981. Although he didn't win, the experience remains a career highlight.
loves to perform for all audiences at fundraisers, festivals and night-clubs.
And recently, he returned to making records as July 1998 brought forth
an album titled HorsePlay on the Rhythm Cat Records label. Ten original
tracks were the result of spirited collaborations with fellow writers
and colleagues Glenn Niemi, Ken Moore, Paul Liima and Denis Perron. One
track, "Texas Two Step", received international spins and in
time logged 22 weeks on Canada's music trade listing RPM National Country
100 peaking at number 26 in May 1999. On the strength of the HorsePlay
disc Kevin garnered a nomination as Outstanding
New Male Vocalist at the National Big Country Awards held in Toronto,
Canada in June 2000. Late summer
2000 Kevin actively promoed his new Rhythm Cat Records release 'teaser
tracks VOLUME ONE' containing two intensely moving originals
"Only You Girl" and "Almost Touch The Sky", an upbeat
remix of "Texas Two Step" and a sizzling remake of the Charlie
Daniels/ Joy Byers 1960's pop/country classic "It Hurts Me".
"It Hurts Me" was received favourably at radio, eventually landing
a spot on the RPM Country 100. 'teaser tracks VOLUME ONE' was produced
in its entirety by Ken Moore and Howie Rissin at Channels Audio &
Post Production Studios, Winnipeg, Canada.
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