Rising, singer-songwriter talentÂ Devin Kennedy is making his dreams a reality with his first EP, â€œYou & Me, Thatâ€™s Enough.â€ His laid-back sound and heartfelt approach to writing and performing have captured many hearts far and wide. He has a soulful, swoony voice and a charismatic way of speaking. Aside from that, his songs are full of meaning with a widely universal appeal. Each song he produces is calming, blissful, and soothing to the ears.Â
Most of his love for music came from his family, and the way theyâ€™ve brought him up. They shaped his character and had a huge role in him creating his first-ever EP.Â
â€œI grew up with it [music] around my house, musical family, my grandpa was a pianist, my dad did film and TV music a lot growing up. So, I was in and out in a lot of studios, met a lot of producers and writers at a young age. I guess I was just always around it,â€ says Kennedy. â€œMusic truly is a part of my life, I think it inspired me so much at a young age and it was what shaped the fabric of who I was when I was young so, it was really like the only option for me.â€
Growing up, Kennedy was heavily influenced by his father. From seeing his father running a brand design company, he used to create logos and websites until he noticed that other people were making music for infomercials and were making more money than him. Thatâ€™s when he decided to redirect his business to also create music for infomercials using his guitar. His father also formed a band at 25 years old, and although they never released any albums Devin Kennedy was overall exposed to music throughout his childhood.Â
â€œI grew up with a lot of classic rock, Kansas, like Clapton. First concert was Paul McCartney, I got introduced at a really young age to amazing music. John Mayes is my favorite artist of all time, that was my third concert. I fell in love with like, true musicians, from a young age,â€ said Kennedy. â€œAs I grew up, I started to get more into pop, producing and all that good stuff. Through like middle school and High School I started getting into bands like Fall Out boys and All Time Low, and the world tour scene. I thought I was going on world tour one day, that was my dream. I fell in love with the kind of stuff I started doing and that was the first lane I found, and it made me think, â€˜I really want be in a pop punk band.â€™â€
It took some time for Devin Kennedy to find his own lane of music. At first, he went into the pop genre, but realized pretty quickly that it wasnâ€™t the space for him. It took him a year and a half to find the lane that he is currently in right now. For him, itâ€™s having some form of organic musicality to what heâ€™s doing, even if it leans towards pop a lot.
One thing for sure is that he prefers to have a guitar, piano or some type of instrument that he can play on stage, and thatâ€™s more interesting to him than just pressing play on a track during a live show.
For his first EP, â€œYou & Me, Thatâ€™s Enough,â€ he dedicated it to his friends and family. From creating this EP, he learned to have a common thread between each song, and he realized the impact his friends and family had on his musical talents.
â€œThis was the first EP that I put out as a solo artist and it was interesting to see that many songs and look at all of them and say, â€˜what’s the common thread,â€™ What do I want to say? How can I put these together? I can’t just take a song about wanting to spend time with my family and then put a song about how I love spending money at the club,â€ says Kennedy. â€œI have to find what the common thread between them is and what I connect to and what I want to say as an artist in 2019.â€
The theme of this EP was family and friends, something that is important to him, even though it wasnâ€™t the first thing he set out to do when he began this EP.
â€œIt was something that after looking back on all the songs, one of the ones that I really care about were the ones that were really highlighting and reminding me to make time for friends and family,â€ says Kennedy. â€œAnd respect the people that you love and feeling grateful to be in the circle that youâ€™re involved in, and know the people you know and just remember to take care of them and take care of yourself and spend time with the people you love.â€
With this theme, the song that resonated with him the most is â€œNo Worries.â€ Itâ€™s a single that doesnâ€™t necessarily have a specific story behind it but has great descriptive lyrics and relates to his personal experiences.
â€œIâ€™m kind of highlighting some things, Iâ€™m guilty of working too much, and writing too much, not sleeping enough, not spending enough time with friends and family and especially earlier this year, I had that impact my personal life,â€ Kennedy said. â€œI just wasnâ€™t thinking about that enough and that song came at a time for me where I wasnâ€™t sure what was next for me, sound-wise and also conceptually. I didnâ€™t know where I wanted to go this year and when it came along, it was just felt like everything clicked, thatâ€™s the song, thatâ€™s the message. Thatâ€™s exactly what I needed to be saying right now.â€
After releasing â€œYou & Me, Thatâ€™s Enough,â€ he now wants to continue touring and finish a lot of writing at the end of this year. As not only a singer but a songwriter, he wrote upwards of 200 songs this year. He spent two to three months just writing for other people and writing for himself. Now that heâ€™s getting bigger, he plans on dropping more music.Â
â€œI love music so much. I think it’s the most important art form in my life,â€ Kennedy said. â€œBut I think without it we’d lack a lot of connection, and with it we have a lot to learn from each other. It can definitely bring us together.â€