Born: June 30, 1960 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Ken Ard has originated leading roles in the Broadway companies of, Starlight Express, Dangerous Games and Cats and was nominated for an NAACP Award for his role in the Original Broadway cast of Smoke Joe’s Cafe. Being a two time Grammy Award winning artist for the musical soundtrack recordings of (Smokey’s and Cats) he is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (The Grammys). As a recording artist, He was the lead voice and co-writer for Wet Dreams, on Universal’s cutting edge label, Twisted records. In reviewing their debut release, “Rain” Larry Flick of Billboard Magazine raved, “Soulful star-powered vocals!” The Subsequent single “ Sunrise” was received with international critical acclaim and, by the end of its first week in the stores, was among the Top 40 selling records in America (Billboard Maxi Singles)...
“Mr. Ard emulates and evokes all the great baritones of the Jazz era without imitating them.” Richard Christianson Chicago Tribune
“Ken Ard was born to be an entertainer. With a body that looks like sculpted perfection, and a voice that ranges from the sweetness of a choir boy to the depths of the devil ,” Ard radiates and mesmerizes.” Daily Variety
“Ard is a gem of an entertainer with a husky sultry voice. Crooning with breathless brilliance, his velvet- toned voice reminiscent of Nat King Cole’s is a real Crowd-pleaser. Taking command of the stage Mr. Ard creates a panorama of big city life. All I want to know is, when is Ken Ard coming back for his next show?”
The morning call Newspaper Theater review
“Ken Ard is breathtaking; he rises above the ordinary, bringing out all the passion and wistful essence in a love song As difficult as it is to cover a classic, Ard is Fantastic.“ Ann Gerber Syndicated Best Bets column
Gary and I both like Ken's CD. Gary Walker (station manager) added it right away and it's on the new shelf for everyone to play, Michael Bourne Station Host WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM