Kenny Bruce Gorelick was born and raised in Seattle on June, 7th 1956.
A longtime aviator, Kenny is no stranger to risk-taking. After years of playing professionally with groups like Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra and Jeff Lorber Fusion, Kenny signed with Arista Records in 1982 and three critically-acclaimed jazz albums later, (Kenny G, G-Force and Gravity) he was poised to hit the stratosphere.
Kenny G’s big moment came in 1988 on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. One of the producers insisted that for such a big appearance the artist should perform a track accompanied by a vocalist. Kenny felt it was important in this moment to establish himself with an instrumental. The debate continued up until minutes before show time when Kenny launched into “Songbird,” the landmark recording from his fourth album, Duotones. That night he played his heart out and a star was born.
From there Kenny went on to become a multi-platinum sensation soon collaborating with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole and Frank Sinatra. His next studio albums, Silhouette and Breathless were enormously successful, the latter becoming the biggest selling instrumental record in U.S. history with more than 12 million records sold in the U.S. alone. The album featured the Grammy® award winning single, “Forever in Love.” Kenny soon attracted an impressive array of collaborators. In 1996, Kenny teamed with renowned artist/producer Babyface for “The Moment” which featured two vocal collaborations including “Everytime I Close My Eyes,” and “That Somebody Was You” with Toni Braxton.
In 1994, Kenny broke another record with his holiday compilation, Miracles, which, in addition to being Kenny’ first album to hit number #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, became the best selling holiday album of all-time. Thirteen years later, it still stands as the best-selling holiday album. His second and third albums of holiday standards 1999’s Faith (which featured the millennium inspired version Auld Lang Syne) and 2002’s Wishes, were also remarkably successful.
In 2002, Kenny took his audience to the islands with the soulful album Paradise, which featured the hit, adult-contemporary track “All the Way” with Brian McKnight. In 2004, Kenny delivered an all-guest-star album entitled At Last…The Duets Album. The album featured performances by Barbara Streisand, Burt Bacharach, LeAnn Rimes as well as a remake of OutKast’s “The Way You Move” with Earth, Wind and Fire.
Other notable works include: 1999’s album of Jazz standards entitled Classics in the Key of G, (which featured “What a Wonderful World,” the virtual duet with Louis Armstrong and “The Girl From Ipanema” duet with Bebel Gilberto) and 2006’s I’m in the Mood for Love: The Most Romantic Melodies of All Time, the saxophonist’s unique take on some of the greatest love songs ever written including standards such as Dorothy Fields’ “The Way You Look Tonight,” right up through modern hits such as Alicia Keys’ “I Ain’t Got You,” and James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful.”
In December 2006, Kenny claimed the #1 ranking in Golf Digest’s “Top 100 in Music” list, with an impressive +0.6 handicap.
But music remains the artist’s first love. With each new recording, Kenny begins from a personal place- the sounds that move him. It brings him great joy to introduce new material to a live audience. For the past twenty years he has been a fixture in arenas, amphitheaters and concert halls and has performed for millions of people all over the world.
In 2008 he gifted his followers “Rhythm & Romance”, The Latin Album, a record with a completely Latin sound, and with almost all the songs new, composed by the timeless Kenny G. This record includes collaborations with Barbara Munoz in the song “Mírame Bailar” and Camila in “Es Hora De Decir”. This record supposed Kenny’s goodbye to Arista Record, his all time career record company, after 25 years. They wanted him to continue launching albums of versions and this was not Kenny’s desire, who wanted to produce a record of new material and close to Latin audiences. He then launched this CD with Concord Records and Starbucks. Once again, he did it.
In 2010 he released “Heart and Soul”, his latest album of new material. Unluckily, and after a 20 years marriage, Kenny and Lyndie Benson divorced in the Summer of 2012. She made the first step in January of that year. Both have two sons in common; Max and Noah. Both boys have been seen several times with his dad on tour. Max is very good with guitar and has already performed live with Kenny. Noah loved piano, at least being very young, but we have not yet seen him onstage. More information on “Discography”.
In 2012 Kenny presented a completely new project and that has nothing to do with all what he has done before: NAMASTE, with Rahul Sharma. In January 2015 he launched “Brazilian Nights”, a tribute to Bossa Nova.
When pressed about his theory as to why he has been so successful, Kenny offers, “I think my music gives people the opportunity to listen to their own thoughts. Tap into their imaginations. Create their own stories to songs without the limitation of words… plus it’s a really beautiful instrument.”