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Electric Violinist Ken Ford Makes History Performing at the 77th Heisman Trophy Awards on ESPN



Atlanta, GA - December 9, 2011 - Atlanta's own Electric Violinist Ken Ford will be performing live this Saturday, December 10th in front of millions for the 77th annual Heisman Trophy Presentation Presented by Nissan at 8 p.m. on ESPN. A first in the network's history to have a live music performance take place during the Heisman presentation. 


 Electric Violinist Ken Ford will provide soul-stirring arrangements from his newest CD, "State of Mind" during commercial breaks, as well as providing musical transitions during the telecast. The live telecast from the Best Buy Theater in New York will be simulcast on ESPN3 and ESPN Mobile TV and accessible online at WatchESPN.com. ESPN Radio will also broadcast the announcement of the winner.


Be one of the first to interview this super star who's current CD "State of Mind" is climbing the charts and was named number three on the Jazz Billboard Chart earlier this year.  Following his album's release, which has included the Atlanta Journal-Constitution highlighting Ford's "edgy sound", BET.com praising his "soul-stirring style", and Rolling Out declaring him an "all-around violinist" with "the ability to delve into jazz, funk, classical, soul and hip-hop without missing a beat or a string," Ford shows no signs of slowing down.  


In August, Ford treated his hometown of Atlanta to the full live experience of STATE OF MIND, with a sold-out concert at the Buckhead Theatre hosted by V-103's Ryan Cameron, featuring Ford's full band and R&B artist Algebra Blessett opening the show.  The sold-out show was recorded for future broadcast and was attended by a host of luminaries, including Mayor Kasim Reed, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Q. Parker of 112, Johnta Austin, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Television Producer Roger Bobb and more.


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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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