By Megan Routledge.
South African Blues Rock Singer-Songwriter Kenny Hughes returns with his new album ‘Born & Raised' on Friday 19 January. The album is a testament to the evolution of Kenny as an artist, skilfully blending soulful Blues with Rock undertones. 'Born & Raised' offers a rich tapestry of familiar favourites from the past 5 years plus 2 brand-new tracks, showcasing Kenny's diverse musical prowess. Each track offers a unique narrative, capturing the essence of his journey and musical exploration.
Kenny Hughes, who has traversed a musical journey spanning seven years, encapsulates the essence of South African Blues Rock. As a peripatetic Singer-Songwriter, Kenny has enthralled audiences at prestigious venues, festivals, and events. His passion for music, combined with an unwavering dedication to his craft, has culminated in the release of eight singles to date. Six of these singles have been featured on the Mix FM SA Top 40, and three have secured the coveted no. 1 slot (two making it to the overall Top 50 of 2021, and another claiming a spot in the overall Top 40 of 2023).
Kenny earned the distinction of being a finalist in the US Banger Music Awards, attaining global radio premieres and features, alongside chart entries in the UK, Germany, Canada, and Australia. His involvement in podcasts and interviews spans the globe, and he has been showcased on TV shows such as Expresso Live, Die Groot Ontbyt, and Doodgewone Jo with Jo Black. Kenny has collaborated with seasoned artists and producers like Jo Ellis, Albert Frost, and Evert Snyman. Additionally, Kenny performs live with The Kenny Hughes Trio, which includes Jayson Pieterse on Bass and Marais Swanepoel on Percussion.
Kenny has graced festivals like STRAB and Park Acoustics and has had the privilege of opening for esteemed artists such as Jeremy Loops, Karen Zoid, and Die Heuwels Fantasties.
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