ATLANTA, GA – 2011.
Seven years after doctors told Kenyon Carter he might never play the saxophone again, he has released his debut album, Right By My Side.
Ask around today and you will hear no mention of even a band-aid from the extensive injuries Kenyon sustained from his 2004 car accident. Instead, the chatter about Kenyon Carter is focused on his engaging live performances, his impressive studio work and some exciting collaborative projects with saxophone greats, like Walter Beasley and Bob Reynolds. To fans and colleagues, the scars on Kenyon’s arm go unnoticed.
Kenyon Carter, an Atlanta-based jazz saxophonist, has been performing and recording with international acts across the country for several years, honing his skills and writing the music that has become the core of his first studio album.His soothing, engaging style evokes a feeling of sun-filled beach vacation on one tune and a cool, sophisticated air on another; his versatility is remarkable.
Already generating cross-over buzz, this smooth jazz album has received advanced nods from contemporaries, like Paul "Shilts" Weimar, who states "Great tone, great melodies .... Kenyon has it all!" and Lee Hogan’s who affirms “Kenyon really tells his story with Right By My Side. The passion of his tone lets you know that there is desire and purpose in each song!"
It comes as no surprise then that Right by My Side plays like a groove-driven tribute to life, love and to those that have been “right by his side”. Kenyon credits this debut release to God and the people in his life who have remained “right by his side”. “I wrote the first notes to this album on the day after I met my wife four years ago” Kenyon reveals “I was given a second chance at life, love and for playing music and my life-long dream of recording an album has finally been realized.”
Also worth noting, Kenyon is donating a portion of the album’s proceeds to Emerge Scholarship Inc. – a program dedicated to providing scholarships to women whose educations have been interrupted, who have overcome significant obstacles, and who give back to their communities.
Right by My Side features eight original tracks composed and performed by Kenyon and includes several newly arranged classics, including “When You Say Nothing at All”, “Moondance” and “God Bless the Broken Road.”
For samples of Kenyon’s music, free ringtones or to purchase the album, please visit www.kenyoncarter.com.