Kimberly “Kim” Kenny has anointed talent that can’t be denied, and a name that is quickly becoming known throughout the gospel music industry.
In 2007 Kenny made her first national stage appearance at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York, where an electrifying vocal and piano performance made her runner up in the semi-finals. Recently, she was nominated for this year’s Gospel Excellence Ministries (G.E.M.) Award for Indiana.
Now the national recording artist from Indianapolis is celebrating the release of her new debut album, “More Than a Conqueror.”
The 10-track project serves as a satisfying and inspiring resource for those who seek to praise, worship and develop a closer relationship with the Lord.
“Christ demonstrated his love for us when he gave his life for us, and my goal is for every person who hears this CD to experience that love,” Kenny said. “I would also like to see them enjoy the artistry of this project and be uplifted by the music.”
The singer, pianist, songwriter and producer wrote several of the songs for “More Than a Conqueror” while she was either still in high school or shortly after graduation. Kenny’s first composition and one of the album’s highlights, a jazzy, tranquil song called “Yes,” was written while she was in class.
“At the time I wrote those songs I was going through different things in my personal life,” Kenny said. “God showed me that despite the obstacles, I had already conquered them.”
Kenny began singing as a small child at New Destiny Worship Center, which is led by her father Pastor Gregory Kenny, who co-produced her album.
Kenny discovered her songwriting skills when she was 16, and knew music was meant to be a significant part of her life, but was not sure what role it would play in her career.
“More Than a Conqueror” is a contemporary album that embraces a variety of musical styles, especially gospel, R&B, jazz, classical and opera. Diversity can be heard in such songs as the Latin flavored “High Praise” and the R&B influenced “I Long For You.”
The selections reflect Kenny’s eclectic selection of role models, including Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Kim Burrell, Stevie Wonder, Cecilia Bartolli, Cathleen Battle, Leontyne Price and Renee Fleming.
Kenny, who will turn 22 on New Year’s Day, attended Marian University on a music scholarship, and is now pursuing a master’s degree in music education. One of her primary goals is to open an arts academy for youth, especially at-risk kids.
“It would be a wonderful endeavor not only for those who love music and the arts, but for young people who desire something positive, productive and inspiring to motivate them and keep them away from situations that could lead to poor choices,” Kenny said.
For now she hopes that “More Than a Conqueror” will be used to strengthen the spiritual lives of those who hear it.
“There’s nothing really complicated or profound about my ministry,” Kenny said. “Music has shaped my life, and I wake up every morning with a song in my heart. If God allows me to touch others through those songs, then I have achieved my goal.”
For more information about Kimberly Kenney visit www.kimkenny.net.