Kerry Wilkins

Location: Grand Prairie, Texas, United States of America
Description: Kerry has electricified audiences on-stage with Kim Waters, Marion Meadows, Kirk Whalum, Bobby Lyle, Billy Paul, Ronnie Laws, Melba Moore, Howard Hewitt, Frank McCombs, Gerald Alston and many others.
Biography: Kerry Wilkins – Jazz Guitarist

A smile graces Kerry’s face as he reminisces about his childhood in Houston, Texas where he was born and raised. He vividly recalls the sizzling summers of backyard barbeques and get-togethers with the sounds of Hendrix, Funkadelic and Santana. As a boy, he would imagine that it was he who was on those records performing those awesome guitar licks as the euphoria swelled within him. Kerry set out to make this dream a reality by enrolling in guitar lessons at the age of 12. Kerry’s giftedness would enable him to join his first band at the age of 16. The following year his high school stage band recruited him where he expanded his knowledge of chart reading and jazz chording. Displaying his abounding versatility on lead and rhythm guitar, he would go on to showcase his talent in various local funk, r&b, pop/rock, and tejano bands.

Kerry began to feel a strong inner pull and taste for contemporary jazz peppered with a bit of funk. On his quest to find that special blend, he would spend evenings checking out Houston’s jazz venues. He was so captivated by the jazz vibe that he began writing and performing original funk laced jazz compositions.

In 1989, Kerry would be re-introduced to a saxophonist extraordinaire named Kyle Turner. The two had been friends for years and had performed together on occasion. They reunited and formed a contemporary jazz band, Kyle Turner and Standing Room Only. The band played together for over ten years and opened for such artists as: The Rippingtons, Spyro Gyra, Richard Elliot, Michael Franks, Najee, Alex Bugnon, Joe McBride, Acoustic Alchemy, Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson, Jr., Stanley Clarke, Gerald Albright, Peabo Bryson, Natalie Cole, Roger Troutman & Zapp, The Bar-Kay’s and many more.

Kerry has also electricified audiences on-stage with Kim Waters, Marion Meadows, Kirk Whalum, Bobby Lyle, Billy Paul, Ronnie Laws, Melba Moore, Howard Hewitt, Gerald Alston and many others.

Kerry is considered a musical genius by many of his peers and during recording sessions regularly “lays down” his solo and/or parts in one or two takes.

From his arsenal of diverse talents, his primary instrument is guitar. He also produces, writes, arranges and plays bass guitar, keyboards, and drums. He is also a host of a weekly jazz radio show in Austin, Texas.

Kerry’s first solo project “The Introduction” was long awaited and released in 2001. The cd received airplay from California to New York. CD purchases were made from the U.S., United Kingdom, Spain, Hungary, The Netherlands, Africa and Japan.

After the release of his solo project, Kerry went back into the studio as an independent producer, songwriter, and guitarist to perform work on seven independent recording projects.

Most recently, he has completed his sophomore solo project which contains eleven smooth and/or contemporary jazz cuts. His sophomore jazz cd is called “Follow My Lead” and was released in the Summer of 2005. “Follow My Lead” has many live play songs from an incredible band which features: Larry Davis (Keyboard/Organ), Bobby Lyle (Piano), Mark Simmons (Drums), Bernard Wright (Keyboards), Kyle Turner (Saxes), Barry Jackson (Bass), and D-MAC (aka -Derrick McCampbell – Vocals).

Kerry is teaming up again with Producer Gregg Moore to write and release new music for his third compact disc due out in 2012. 


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