4th of July
Single Released 5th February
“Killing Kenny certainly showcases he’s an artist that means business” – New Noise
“Creating an album that will inspire others to never give up on their ambitions” – The Sunday Post
Proving he’s definitely ahead of his time, Killing Kenny’s new single is 4th of July, a track which might feel is a few months early when you check your calendar but is just what is needed to shake you out of your lockdown lethargy! Taken from his forthcoming debut album to be released on 26th March, 4th of July shows yet another facet of Killing Kenny’s musical make-up with a strong, upbeat country feel and a sing-along chorus.
“I have always had a fondness for Country music and all things Americana, which I think started following a trip to Texas when I was in my teens and also thanks to places like the Grand Ole Opry in Glasgow, a very famous venue for Country and Western.
Although I had never played Country music live, I thought as the new album was a very eclectic bunch of music styles taken from my life, it would lend itself to sneaking in a Country track. A perfect opportunity to write a toe-tapping upbeat song with the story of a young man’s life going off the rails and finding himself on the wrong side of the law, in a true Country style!”
Killing Kenny (Glasgow-based Ken Sunter) has gone where few fear to tread – some thirty years after giving up on his dreams of being a rock star, he has returned to the studio, determined to make good on his commitment to releasing the music that has lived within him all this time. Documenting his return to music in a series of YouTube videos which have more twists than your average soap opera, he has caught the attention of legendary Scottish producer, John McLaughlin releasing his first single, These Streets, a stunning, Springsteen-esque rock song which brought him to national attention, including The Sunday Post, whilst the follow-up, Soul Find a Way, showed his skill at handling a heartfelt ballad with truly poignant lyrics.
Ken Sunter joined a succession of bands from the early 80s to the late 90s, changing style but never losing his passion for writing songs, whether in his own band or for others. Then, as with so many artists…life began to get in the way. A successful career, a million miles away from the glamour of rock n roll, beckoned and years passed but his love of writing songs never left him but remained untapped.
Cut to today and not only is Killing Kenny finally rising from the ashes, he is also looking to reach out to others who feared their chance at a life in music had deserted them, a series of candid and inspirational videos telling his story as it develops. These Streets is his first single and shows that his skill for songwriting has only grown stronger over time. His talent has caught the attention of ace Scottish music producer John McLaughlin, who has previously written and produced global megastars such as Sir Rod Stewart, Westlife and Busted and who has hailed Ken has an artist who has everything it takes to become a huge star himself.
Now based in Glasgow, when Ken Sunter saw an opportunity to pick up a life in music which he feared had gone forever, he took it with both hands. However, he wanted to do more than simply release the music he has dedicated himself to writing for over thirty years – he wanted to tell the whole story of his journey, from his first tentative steps to bringing on board a consultant with years of music experience to help with everything from music production to image to the recording, marketing and release of his songs. His journey is documented on an ongoing series of insightful videos on his YouTube channel and is a fascinating glimpse at the real world of an artist looking to make his mark.
Ken started as a drummer in a band with his brother in early 80s Glasgow, performing with a band which played live at venues around the UK, immediately addicted to the thrill of writing their own material and connecting with audiences. We recorded two EP’s in London studios in the late 1980s, before disbanding when his elder brother moved to Los Angeles. He then went on to join a Manchester-based band who embraced the style of such iconic indie overlords as New Order and The Smiths. After this brief involvement he then joined a London-based band due to relocation. Although always performing as a drummer during live venue gigs, his passion was for writing material for the bands. When he stopped performing live in the late 90s, he then concentrated on song writing, submitting material to other bands and solo artists, as well as working on various theatre-based projects.
“Music and writing has always been part of my life for many, many, many years. Sadly, it took a back seat, becoming more of a private hobby and some hard-hearted people may even say a self-indulgence. Then in 2019, I started to work on some new material, having spent time being taught the piano, to a level to be able to assist me in writing songs. By chance, the new songs were played to some old friends in the music business, with the material being well received. It was this encouragement and spark that gave me the confidence to get back to doing what I love, at the age of 53 and have now embarked on a new era, as a singer/songwriter. I do look forward to hearing from you and naturally also look forward to seeing you all at Wembley stadium in the near future! Well, we can dream, can’t we?”