Growing up in New York, KENNY VANCE was captivated by the magic of rock 'n' roll. At 15, he was hanging around the Brill Building meeting other singers and songwriters, and eventually formed the successful group Jay and The Americans. They went on to record 15 albums and tour extensively, opening for the Beatles' and Rolling Stones' first U. S. appearances.
Kenny remained with Jay and The Americans throughout their entire 11-year career. In the years that followed, Kenny launched an expansive new chapter in his own career, kicking off by producing the first recordings for Walter Becker and Donald Fagen — Steely Dan. Kenny went on to compose, supervise and produce a long list of scores and soundtracks for feature films and television. He gave musical life to American Hot Wax, the definitive big screen story of pioneering rock 'n' roll deejay Alan Freed, by recreating the groups of the '50s and early '60s for the film. THE PLANOTONES were formed as a fictional group specifically for the movie, and were reformed 14 years later, jumping from the movies to the world's concert stages with an illustrious career that's been going strong since 1992.
Kenny also was music director for NBC's Saturday Night Live and music supervisor for such Hollywood hits as Animal House, Eddie and the Cruisers, and a number of other films, including Hairspray and Streets of Fire. More recently, Kenny was music supervisor, producer and composer of the original score for Looking For An Echo, starring Armand Assante (Vance and the Planotones also performed all the music).
Among today's great vocal pop musicians, Kenny's voice has an original and inviting dimension. His material is influenced by the music of the '50s and '60s, but he consistently brings a unique and musically sophisticated point of view. In this sense Kenny is a classicist, opening the eyes of a new generation to a rich historical musical style. With his cool and sultry approach, filtered through a soulful Brooklyn vibe, Kenny gives a gift to those who are discovering him for the first time.
In 2002, Kenny Vance was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame. In 2007, he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame in conjunction with the release of COUNTDOWN TO LOVE, his latest CD with the Planotones.
Kenny Vance plays weekly to packed houses and standing ovations.