Kyle Jennings

Kyle Jennings

BandCountrySinger/Songwriter

Kyle Jennings is a dynamic, aggressive country performer with a soul filled voice and an electrifying live presence. Fusing progressive, traditional country with a unique alternative influence, Kyle Jennings delivers cutting edge traditional country music to a diverse group of new listeners.

Biography

In the spring of 2004 Jennings teamed up with producer and pedal steel master Bruce Bouton for his first independent release entitled “Shine” which garnered the attention of music critics and independent music label Dark Horse Records. While on the newly formed independent label, Jennings experienced regional radio success with his song “You Can Hear The Ryman Cry” and worldwide songwriting recognition when his song “Can I Run In The Dark (and Still Walk In the Light)” was chosen as 1 of 13 finalists out of 40,000 entries at the 2005 International Songwriting Competition.

Riveting high-energy live performances laced with a unique personal delivery make Jennings a natural entertainer on stage. His devoted willingness to create opportunities to meet with his followers along with a rock solid collection of well-written material presents Jennings with a hard-core loyal fan base.

As an artist Jennings embraces the roots of the traditional foundation he grew up with, while pursuing a more progressive traditional country flare. Cross-genre influences like Bon Jovi, Rob Thomas, and Nickelback personify the profound lyrical standard he demands of in his own material, while traditional country icons such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Jones secure his stronghold in country music.

His poignant and poetic lyrical compositions are rare for an artist his age; yet still seem to be in the early stages of development. Covering a broad spectrum of topics Jennings isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty when it comes to his music.

Nothing looms over an artist like the pressure of a sophomore release. 3 years after the release of Jennings’ debut independent project “Shine”, Dark Horse Records Nashville released Jennings’ follow-up record “Long Black Cadillac” which is nothing short of a masterpiece. Dynamic production and extraordinary songwriting carries listeners through an album full of emotions and musical styles that range from old school traditional country on songs like “Sometimes The Best Memories (Aren’t Memories At All)” and “Northern Lights and Southern Comfort” to blues to aggressive and progressive guitar driven anthem tunes such as the title-track “Long Black Cadillac”.

Many artists experience the strain of establishing longevity by trying to equal their debut efforts with their follow-up projects; Jennings’ has only become more seasoned and like a fine wine has gotten better with age. At 29 he wrote or co-wrote 14 out of 16 tracks on “Long Black Cadillac” and self co-produced the record with friend and guitar-whiz Kevin Post. He released his second project on his own independent label (Dark Horse Records Nashville) and has answered the call of the sophomore curse with a brilliant vigor.

Although Jennings’ has made a name for himself as an electric high-energy performer, select ballads on the album offer insight to a softer side of Jennings. “Where You’ll Find Me” is an intimate journey through the unique idiosyncrasies that make each woman special to her man and promises “in anything that you can think of that makes your spirit free, that’s where you’ll find me”. “This Getting’ Over You” is a storm of painful emotions wrapped up in a steel guitar driven track and “No Place Like Home” is like a comfortable visit to an old familiar place.

16 powerhouse tracks make-up a rare project music-wide and notably the last track of the record pays homage to the courage and resolve of American servicemen and women in a musical memorial titled “Free To Leave”.

Jennings continues to get better and better and shows no signs of slowing down. There are already talks of a new record for ’09 and Jennings has already started writing for a new project. You can get more information on Kyle and his music online at www.kylejennings.net or www.myspace.com/kylejenningsmusic .

In his young career Jennings has opened major concerts for acts like Toby Keith, Big & Rich, Tracy Lawrence, Styx, Kansas, Blake Shelton, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Byrd, Lila McCann, Daryl Worley, Jessi Alexander, Keith Anderson, Sugarland, Phil Vassar, and the legendary Hank Williams Jr. to name a few.

Kyle Jennings brings not only raw, pure talent, but he brings honesty, integrity, and an all-american charm to the stage.

Kyle Jennings is a refreshing step back into the future of traditional country music.

Personal Stats:
Birthdate: June 9, 1978
Birthplace: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Height: 5' 7"
Weight:180 lbs.
Hair: Usually short, brown
Siblings: Brother Troy, sister Kimberly
Hobbies: Kyle enjoys family, eating, Hunting, Fishing, Ice Hockey, Golf, Physical Fitness, and the companionship of his Chocolate Lab, Bauer.

Lyrics

"Long Black Cadillac"

Written By: Kyle Jennings and Kevin Post

LONG BLACK CADILLAC
Written by Kyle Jennings and Kevin Post

I’ve got the pedal to the metal kickin’ back behind the wheel
Towin’ that purple sunset Lordy in a Long Dark Coupe De Ville
My baby’s right here beside me her pretty legs up on the dash
Tearin’ down this highway blarin’ out the soul of Johnny Cash
I’ve got the pride of Detroit City in my hands
Starin’ out the windshield at the promise land

I’m gonna follow where this road takes me
Even if it never brings me back
Break a couple rules somewhere along the way
I’ll take it where I can because
I know it wasn’t meant to last
When I go I hope they come take me away
In a long black Cadillac

They said the way I was livin I wouldn’t make past 25
Well 30's just around the bend and I’ve never felt so alive
As long as this roads winding I’m gonna keep on keepin’ on
Live my life out loud until the Good Lord calls me home
When I reach that dead end somewhere down the line
Just close the lid and load me up inside

I’m gonna follow where this road takes me
Even if it never brings me back
Break a couple rules somewhere along the way
I’ll take it where I can because
I know it wasn’t meant to last
When I go I hope they come take me away
In a long black Cadillac

I’m gonna follow where this road takes me
Even if it never brings me back
Break a couple rules somewhere along the way
I’ll take it where I can because
I know it wasn’t meant to last
When I go I hope they come take me away
In a long black Cadillac

"Where You'll Find Me"

Written By: Timothy Blocksom, Kyle Jennings, and Kevin Post

WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME
Written by Timothy Blocksom, Kevin Post, and Kyle Jennings

In the sun that warms the pane glass to your window every morn
Oh it holds you like a mother cradles up her first newborn
The gust the rushes through your hair
The fresh air that you breathe
Oh, that’s where you’ll find me

In the silk that runs across you when the evening is your host
Oh the light that shines your eyes and leaves your innocence exposed
In the one thing that you long for
When the rest is out of reach
Oh, that’s where you’ll find me

Every time you find the strength to smile when you’re sad
I’ll be the every thing that fills your heart up when you’re glad
In the trials and the glories that will bring you to your knees
Oh, that’s where you’ll find me

Down the road where you discover what’s been hidden in your soul
From the dreams inside your head to the sand between your toes
And anything that you can think of that makes your spirit free
Oh, that’s where you’ll find me

Every time you find the strength to smile when you’re sad
I’ll be the every thing that fills your heart up when you’re glad
In the trials and the glories that will bring you to your knees
Oh that’s where you’ll find me
Oh that’s where you’ll find me

Trollin'

Written By: Kyle Jennings

Down at the end of a two-track lane
Past the old tractor and the mountain of hay
There's a spot by the river where a little slice of heaven awaits
When the night's just right and my baby's in the mood
We pack a little cooler and some fishin' food and soak that old boat where the deer and the catfish play

A perfect sillouette against the pale moonlight
We wet a little Stren on a friday night
And cuddle up together as our bobbers wander out of sight
Leaf worm draggin' at the bottom of the river
I knock a beer over as I lean in to give her a kiss
Cause Lord knows we didn't come here to fish

Oh there's moonlight on a clear night fireflies lightin' up the evenin' sky
The tree toads are singin' and we never seem to leave 'em behind
Cool breeze dancing through our soggy lips
My heart beating harder with every kiss
Just drifting down river and fallin' deeper in love
Not a care where we're going just takin' our time
Everytime we go trollin'

Beached at the bank by the edge of the shore
We lay an old blanket on the mossy floor
Make a little love and get tangled underneath the stars
Race to the water for a late night swim
Take her in my arms and make love again
Gettin' lost in each other it doesn't get better than this

Cause there's moonlight on a clear night fireflies lightin' up the evenin' sky
Tree toads singin' oh we never seem to leave 'em behind
Cool breeze dancing through our soggy lips
My heart beating harder with every kiss
Just drifting down river and fallin' deeper in love
Not a care where we're going just takin' our time
Everytime we go trollin'
Everytime we go trollin'
Trollin'

Discography

Album - "Long Black Cadillac" released January 1st 2008 - Dark Horse Records Nashville (Independent)

Single - "Long Black Cadillac" going for radio adds on 3/13/08.

Testing - "Long Black Cadillac" will be market tested on 103.3 WKDF tonight (2/20/08) at 7:37pm.

Album - "SHINE" released March 2, 2004 - Dark Horse Records - (Independent)

Single - "You Can Hear The Ryman Cry" spent a month atop 98.5 Fm WNWN's most requested songs chart. "You Can Hear The Ryman Cry" receives regular airplay on numerous stations throughout the U.S. and was placed at #62 on the Top 100 Songs of 2004 by countrybear.com, the largest web-based radio network , ahead of Keith Urban's "You're My Better Half", Kenny Chesney's "The Woman With You", and Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman" http://countrybear.com/top1002004.htm.

Set List

Set List (Concert Venue)

Song Title/Artist

Northern Lights and Southern Comfort - Kyle Jennings
She's My Only One - Kyle Jennings

100% Chance of Fog - Kyle Jennings
I Can't Leave The Fire Alone - Kyle Jennings
Oney - Kyle Jennings
Ballad of a Man Named Dad - Kyle Jennings
Little Miss Hard To Handle - Kyle Jennings

Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Bright Lights - Matchbox 20
Yellow - Coldplay

No Place Like Home - Kyle Jennings
Can I Run In The Dark (and Still Walk In The Light)- Kyle Jennings

Makin' Love In The Mornin' Sunshine - Kyle Jennings
Whatever It Is - Kyle Jennings
Sometimes The Best Memories (Aren't Memories At All) - Kyle Jennings
Trollin' - Kyle Jennings

You Can Hear The Ryman Cry - Kyle Jennings
I'm Gettin' Too Old For This - Kyle Jennings
Shine - Kyle Jennings
Long Black Cadillac - Kyle Jennings

Set List (Club Venue)

Northern Lights and Southern Comfort – F (ORIGINAL)
100% Chance of Fog – G (ORIGINAL)
Folsom Prison Blues – E
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