Bryan Kennedy @ Marie's Bistro
Bryan was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. However, he grew up in Tennessee in the Nashville area. Early on Bryan found his gift in the form of athletics. He earned a football scholarship to the University of Mississippi where he became the starting defensive end for three years. Bryan’s senior year he was awarded the John Howard Vaught award of excellence. He left the University of Mississippi in 1983 six hours short of his degree, something that would haunt Bryan endlessly. So, twenty years later Bryan would enroll in college once again to obtain his degree in Broadcast Journalism. Bryan, went back to Ole Miss to walk the line, and graduated in the spring of 2003. Bryan enjoys traveling to Oxford, Ms. to perform and watch the Rebels play ball.
Bryan began his musical quest as a song plugger for his father, and later for Ricky Skaggs, and The Statler Brothers. He attributes his writing know how to hearing all the great songs he got to hear daily while being a son to a legendary record producer Jerry Kennedy, and to growing up in the same house with a mom (Linda Kennedy) who was singing and recording records as a teenager, and two brothers who would become most influential in Bryan’s life and in his career. (Gordon and Shelby Kennedy)
Bryan has written several songs that appear on other artists CD’s like; Rick Trevino, The Derailers, Deryl Dodd, Chuck Wagon and the Wheels, and Jerry Reed, and others. He also has written other songs that appear on numerous Garth Brooks records, including three #1 radio hits; “Good Ride Cowboy”, “The Beaches of Cheyenne,” and “American Honky Tonk Bar Association.” In addition, Bryan opened up for Garth Brooks with good friend, Dan Roberts performing in front of millions of people. Bryan says that all they really did was “provide back ground music for those buying T-shirts”, and is forever grateful to Garth for the ride.
Bryan is always working on something new. These days he has a blog he writes regularly on his web site, www.bryan-kennedy.com, where he keeps his fans up to date with his latest ventures and enjoys their feedback. He makes his home on the gulf coast of Florida, and spends most of his time traveling and performing all over. His show is totally “HIM”. He is hard to describe but with influences ranging from Merle Haggard to Bill Cosby, you will no doubt understand where he gets his sense of humor as well as his ability to tug on your heartstrings. You will leave most entertained and refreshed with a smile in your heart.