Magenta Records Artist Pete Kennedy is an award winning singer-songwriter from Ireland and now based in Nashville, Tennessee. Since his debut in 2010 Pete has won international music awards, toured extensively across the US and Europe and built an established, dedicated fan base.
Pete’s musical influences stem from his celtic roots upbringing to those of Americana, folk and country songs of the southern U.S. From early idols like The Eagles, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris to contemporary artists such as Garth Brooks and Rascal Flatts, Pete’s influences are evident in his distinctive crossover style.
From feel-good uptempos to reflective story ballads, Pete’s music takes his audience on a musical journey through his life and the inspirations behind his songs. His extensive list of musical collaborators include Earl Budd Lee (Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton), Jan Buckingham (Lee Greenwood, Whitney Houston), Beau Fuller (Kristy Lee Cook, Jesse Keith Whitley) and American Idol and Grand Ole Opry star Ayla Brown.
Raised in the Irish countryside with a family of five brothers, Pete Kennedy understands the value of family but has seen hardship at an early age when Pete’s father died saving his family from a fire that erupted from his family’s locally owned bar. Since then Pete has found his strength through his music and the support of his wife and two daughters. His career gained momentum in 2010 with the release of his debut single ‘This Time’. The song was brought to the attention of CMA Nashville’s president Lee Williams. Williams was putting together a series of live shows in Nashville for the city’s annual CMA Music Festival and invited Pete to be a part of his International Artist Showcase. The success of his Nashville debut and subsequent album release hugely increased Pete’s profile and acclaim.
Magenta Records Artist Pete Kennedy is Ready to Soar in 2016!
Pete gained international recognition when he was nominated for Album of the Year and Song of the Year at the BCMA Awards in 2012, winning the album category for ‘The Nashville Session Vol.1′ at a ceremony in London later that year.