Kenton Dunson

Kenton Dunson

 Savage, Maryland, USA
BandHip HopR&B

Kenton Dunson became proactive on his music career in early 2010 when he resigned from his position at an investment firm to embark on the journey of an artist. The Maryland native has played in bands of multiple-genres over the years has since found a very receptive global base of listeners.

Biography

In February 2010, Kenton Dunson made the pivotal life-changing decision to let his passion to be a full-time music artist take priority over his progressing career in finance. A passion that stemmed from an instance 14 years prior when, at the age of 12, he asked for a sequencer upon first hearing the production work of the now famous producer Timbaland. Since that pivotal moment, Kenton spent hours each day crafting original music and broadened his musical experiences and influences by performing as a keyboardist and drummer in numerous bands of various genres.

While producing and writing for others, Kenton felt that his own vocal work, songwriting ideas and lyricism fit best with his own original music creations. He thus began his eventual transition to become a full-time solo artist. He spent weekends in various Baltimore hotel rooms recording his solo debut project, The Kenton Dunson Progressions, a 13-song, self-produced album of soul-tinged hip-hop and r&b that was released in June 2010. The album received solid critical-response in very small circles locally and on the internet but Kenton was not satisfied with retaining a reputation as an underground hip-hop/soul artist.

After experiencing the truths of a generally unsuccessful full-time artist, Kenton embarked on his second project entitled Creative Destruction, an unfiltered hip-hop album that illustrated the sacrifice and the journey of the ambitious individual and also included more assertive yet tangible musical undertones and arrangements. The album was released as a free download in November 2010 and provided the foundation for the success he would see in the following year with his third project, which would later be titled Creative Destruction 2.

When Kenton came up with the "Creative Destruction" concept for the first album, he never thought it would become a series but as a developing artist in a saturated music environment, he knew it was important to display what he had as soon as it was ready. The term "Creative Destruction" also began to take new meaning as he began replacing his old creative approach as an artist to build more tangible songs that would touch a wider base of listeners while remaining original.

Upon the release of Creative Destruction 2 at the end of June 2011, it was clear that Kenton had struck a solid balance with the album as it reached heights previously thought unimaginable with the number of downloads reaching well over 100,000 within little over a month. As Kenton stated himself, "Creative Destruction 2 is about more than Kenton Dunson. It’s about life, ambition, heartbreak and most importantly, passion." These concepts struck a chord with each listener and the album continued to grow in support with the help of live shows, independent radio, DJs and most importantly the music blogs that weren't afraid to support a relatively unknown artist.

Discography

Kenton Dunson - Creative Destruction 2 (2011)
Kenton Dunson - Creative Destruction (2010)
Kenton Dunson - The Kenton Dunson Progressions (2010)

Set List

Momentum
Lanes
Rolling Stone
Breaks
Turn it Loose
Man Down
Dope
The Worst Beat Ever
Firestarter