Singer, songwriter Kenny Foster spent a long time finding his creative voice, and taking the road less traveled. Now, there's no stopping him. His debut album 'Deep Cuts' was critically acclaimed he's been named as one of Rolling Stone's 'Country Artists You Need To Know', making Kenny one of Nashville's most exciting artists.
PG: WHEN DID YOU REALISE YOU WANTED TO BE A SONGWRITER?
KF: I couldn't tell you. Honestly, I just found myself connecting with musical artists in a way that I didn't with anyone else in my life. They put forth their philosophies through their art, and I took it in and analyzed it. The ones that made me feel something stuck around. The ones that looked at life like me were the ones I gravitated towards for my inspiration. I had a record for every mood. I think at some point it occurred to me that to take up residence in someone's life through music was a highly impactful role to have. I guess I wanted to pay it forward and add to the lectionary, so to speak, of the ones who went before.
PG: ARE YOU WORKING ON ANYTHING AT THE MOMENT? - NEW ALBUM OR ANY OTHER PROJECTS?
KF: As it stands, I've been writing a lot with my artist friends to see if I can lend my voice to their story. That's been a great honor to me, and a lot of fun to boot. The Young Fables and I penned a tune that happens to be their first single, and their video premier is coming up in a week or so. I'm excited to see how that turned out. My wife has a television show idea that she's in the process of pitching that could have me playing a role as host, so this summer will be busy with that prospect/pilot as well. As for my own records, I've got more than enough material for several more albums at this point. I just need to figure out what needs to be said. Every new song I write gets better, or gets closer to the core, but Deep Cuts was so inspired that I want to feel the same sort of conviction for a record before we go in to finalize my thoughts in record form. It's an undertaking, and I want to make sure it's right before we jump back in again.
PG: YOU'VE BEEN ON QUITE A JOURNEY FROM MISSOURI TO NASHVILLE
WHAT IS THE BEST THING YOU'VE LEARNT ON THE WAY?
KF: There's no substitute for time.
PG: I WAS READING YOUR BIO ON YOUR WEBSITE, IT'S A VERY THOUGHTFUL AND MATURE WAY OF LOOKING AT LIFE, ARE YOU A BIT OF A PHILOSOPHER AT HEART THEN?
KF: I majored in Philosophy and American Culture in university but I think I've always been a deep well, so to speak. My mom used to say I was 30 when I was 13. I wrestled with difficult subjects at a pretty early age, and always wanted to know more about everything. Theorizing, life hacking, improving upon current systems, these were all the nerdy things I liked to do. I guess ultimately I thought that philosophizing about our time here was the ultimate end goal for me, as in, it would serve me best when all is said and done. We all have to deal with it at some point. I guess I just wanted to get a head start.
PG: YOUR FIRST ALBUM DEEP CUTS WAS 14 YEARS IN THE MAKING, HOW DID IT FEEL TO FINALLY GET IT MADE?
KF: Transcendent. I knew it would be good. I knew the process would be so fulfilling. But I really had no idea the depths of it for myself. You just blindly wander through this world, and making the decision to stand up and