About Ken Ford
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Ken Ford grew up with the diverse sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B. His
family moved to Detroit before settling down permanently in Atlanta. One night, his parents, hearing him play along with an Al Green record note-for-note on a toy keyboard, recognized their son's natural gifts.
By the time he'd turned nine, Ken Ford had found his heart and soul in the strings of a violin, training
himself to play by ear riffing on the pop sounds on the radio. A founding member of the DeKalb Youth
Pops Orchestra, Ford went on to join the African American Philharmonic Orchestra (AAPO) where he
had the rare opportunity of performing background orchestral styling for the late great Barry White,
eventually becoming Concert Master of the AAPO. His years playing in Atlanta jam sessions and local events have garnered a loyal local fanbase large enough to draw national and international attention, with national accolades including a standing ovation from over 20,000 people at the Sea Breeze Jazz Festival.
He's played alongside such contemporary jazz, soul and R&B greats as Ledisi, Wayman Tisdale, Wyclef Jean, and Lalah Hathaway. He's recorded three successful albums (Burnt Toast, Chevelle Lane and Right Now) and is especially passionate about music education which he champions through The Ken Ford Foundation he founded.
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