KEVIN TONEYKEVIN TONEY (Musical Director and Pianist, Words by Ira Gershwin) is an award-winning musician, composer, and author. Theater credits includes national touring production of Five Guys Named Moe, Memphis (LaJolla Playhouse), Ain’t Misbehavin (Sahara Hotel), Sophisticated Ladies, James Brown: Get On The Good Foot (Apollo Theater), Atlanta (Geffen Playhouse), Its Only Make Believe, Gem Of The Ocean, Crowns (Pasadena Playhouse), Magic Of Motown (Tribute To Berry Gordy), Beggars Holiday, Harlem Suite (Pantages Theater), Dreamgirls (Ahmanson Theater), Smokey Joe’s Café (La Mirada Theater), Henry IV (Kennedy Center), When Hell Freezes Over I’ll Skate, Ain’t Nothing But The Blues, Amen Corner, Wild Women Blues.

Kevin was the leader of The Blackbyrds, the innovative jazz-¬soul band and wrote many of their hits including Rock Creek Park and Unfinished Business. He has released twelve acclaimed solo albums. Strut (2001) was selected by the 2002 Winter Olympics Committee as official Olympic music. His original composition Kings is a staple at jazz radio nationwide. Kevin's latest album release is New American Suite.

Kevin has also performed with major artists including Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Nancy Wilson, Pink, Shania Twain, Kenny Burrell, Carl Anderson, Obba Babatunde, Shirley Caesar, Ray Parker Jr., and Edwin Hawkins.

Film scoring includes Kings of the Evening and Clarissa’s Gift.

Books include The Virtuous Man – Breaking The Men's Code and The Kevin Toney Collection.

Awards include two Grammy nominations, three RIAA Gold Record awards, an NAACP Image Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant.


April, 2015