Considered by many as one of the best kalimba players alive today, Kevin Spears musical gifts have astounded audiences around the world and rewritten what is possible on the traditional African musical instrument called kalimba.
"Kevin Spears puts on a performance full of groove, sound and intimacy that draws you into his unique yet universal world"
Benoit Glazer Musical Director CIRQUE Du SOLEIL
Spears' music is a funky mix of World, Jazz, Latin, Rock and Electronica and his ability to express his soul through his instrument and music is engaging to audiences worldwide. He says "I started playing kalimba when I was 10 yrs old from seeing the legendary Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire play that strange instrument. After my mom bought my first kalimba, for the next 20 yrs it literally became medicine for my soul."
For his masterful gifts, Kevin was flown to Anaheim CA. as the featured artist at the 2014 NAMM Show's Breakfast Of Champions event which he received a standing ovation for his rousing performance and created considerable buzz among thousands of attendees who witnessed his blinding skill, musical creativity and quiet humility on display.
Witness Kevin's live performance with the array of sounds he evokes from this exotic instrument and you will conclude this is a special artist who is fully one with his instrument of choice".
“Kevin Spears utilizes the traditional African instrument and tweaks it to create a soulful, funky sound that would make Stevie Wonder smile.”
Often compared to legends such as Herbie Hancock, Jimi Hendrix, Les Paul and Charlie Parker, Kevin's unusual playing style and groundbreaking work as a kalimba innovator was highlighted with a special kalimba being named after him called the "Kevin Spears Style Kalimba".
In addition to being a gifted musical artist, inventor, instrument builder and mixed media artist, Spears performs internationally including a recent tour of Japan and has worked with and/or opened for
artists such as: Victor Wooten, India.Arie, Karen Briggs, Rising Appalachia, Toubab Krewe, Count Mbutu (of the Derek Trucks Band), Roy "FutureMan" Wooten, Coy Bowles (of the Zac Brown Band), Mamadou Doumbia, Eric Benet, Arrested Development, Steven Kent, Col. Bruce Hampton, Lizz Wright, Richard Smith (guitarist Earth, Wind and Fire) and Divinity (bassist for Beyonce).
As a professional clinician, Kevin's enthusiastic and thought-provoking performance lecture has been presented/sponsored by professional and academic organizations around the country including: 50th Anniversary of the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), SAM ASH Music Stores, Asheville Percussion Festival, Jazz Funk Africa Festival (Yokohama, Japan), National Black Arts Festival, Georgia State University, Morehouse University, DrumStrong Festival, Goombay Cultural Festival and more.
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Maurice White, Zakir Hussain, Tabla Beat Science, Paco de Lucia, Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, James Brown, George Benson, Ballake Sissoko, Toumani Diabate, Kim Burrell, Al DiMeola, Giovanni Hildalgo, Herbie Hancock, Paulinho Da Costa, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Kirk Whalum, Michael Jordan and others.
In addition to performing in numerous venues nationally and internationally, Kevin's music and live performances have been enthusiastically received in approximately 20-30 church organizations over the past 10 years.
Experience the powerful musical gifts of Kevin Spears, they are guaranteed to move your feet and stir your soul.
Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show calls “Mountain Made Music” host Jay Brown “the most authentic songster to come out of the Carolina High Country since a man named Doc Watson”. A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he has hundreds of classic songs in his repertoire as well as a hundred-odd originals. Brown’s musical tastes and talents are wide ranging, as evidenced by his membership in the Boone-based roots band The Lazybirds, Indian-flavored world music group Shantavaani and early-jazz cats Swing Guitars. In 2007 he founded The Jay Brown One-Man-Band, in which he deftly handles vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion and piano.
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