Author Feature: Ken Powe

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Ken Powe is an ArcGIS Business Analyst, Published Author, Marketing Expert, and Recording Artist. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and attended college in Alabama in his youth. Earlier in his life, he was classically trained at the age of eight (8) and sharpened his musical skill enough to become a professional musician by sixteen (16). After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English, he joined his local American Federation of Musicians (AFM) union. He worked with many widely known artists in concerts and recordings during the ’90s. Though experienced in the performance of many genres, Ken is mainly known and recognized internationally for his work in Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, Blues, and Gospel. Ken’s main influences on the piano include Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, Herbie Hancock, Ramsay Lewis, and Kenny Kirkland.

Further, much of Ken’s past recordings are productions and work for other title artists. In 2015, he decided to record and perform as a solo artist exclusively and sometimes performs with other established and renowned solo artists. His first Smooth Jazz album, Conception, remains his most acclaimed and biggest-selling solo album recording to date. Further recordings are Misinformation Age (2017) and the New Age album Journey. Ken is an international professional musician specializing in concert piano, producer, recording artist, and composer who has worked in the music industry for more than thirty (30) years. 

His new album is Steppin’ (2020); Ken commented that he was inspired to do a stepping song of his own (“Steppin’”), and perhaps dancers will still keep dancing “the step,” although many do not hear its most familiar anthem anymore. “For Ellis” is his humble tribute to this great pianist Ellis Marsalis and father of America’s most fantastic jazz musical family. “Claudia” references his favorite character in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. William “Kedar” Massenburg, a producer and label executive, coined the term “Neo-Soul” around 25 years ago when he launched the careers of artists like Erykah Badu and D’Angelo. He pioneered this style of R&B, believing that a blend of Soul, 70’s Acid Jazz, and Hip-Hop would be embraced by the mainstream in an industry dominated by major labels that insisted on pushing only glamorous, loopy, cliched, and overly sexualized artists. He was right! Ken’s Neo-Soul-inspired track “Kedar” is an homage to his vision. He hopes that his faith in true music artistry will be remembered for generations to come.

Moreover, Ken is professionally creative, highly skilled, driven, and devoted to the success of entrepreneurs. There is more to him than meets the eye. He is an Independent Consultant in ILMN Marketing and facilitated numerous businesses in the United States. He is also a Radio Host at The End Zone Sports Talk Radio. Ken was also a Business Consultant in US Small Business Administration and assisted entrepreneurs with business startup and access to capital. He was a former English professor who taught Literature and Composition courses at several colleges and universities for nearly twenty (20) years, namely, Milas College, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Alabama State University.

On the other hand, Ken also earned his Master’s degree in English at the University of Alabama and a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix.  

Ken is identified as a Christian. He is a Christian interfaith minister ordained in 2001. He was raised in a Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., and was baptized at an early age.  

Currently, Ken is a freelance business consultant and legal researcher. He currently lives in Helena, Alabama, with his wife, Shellie.

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