It’s another Cool People episode of The Cool Soror Podcast with the amazing violinist Ken Ford. A native of Atlanta, Georgia Ken had the innate ability to understand music by ear before he was classically trained. He got his first violin at nine-years-old and the rest is melodious history.
Electric. A word that describes not only Ken Ford’s violin but aptly describes the man himself. His electrifying and deeply physical live performances have audiences up on their feet and into the aisles, feeling the music as much as he does. Far from being any quiet instrument, Ken’s infectious energy takes the violin center stage with amazing artistry and creativity, rocking out on the violin with passion and fervor.
A wonder to behold on stage, Ken’s evocative playing and passion for strings on the electric violin have enthralled fans of all ages, as well as peers from diverse genres, from jazz to blues, R&B to hip-hop and more. With a soul-stirring style that highlights all the voices of the violin, from sensuous and genteel to dramatic and muscular, Ken’s talents have brought him on stage and into the recording studio with a range of superstar artists including Bruno Mars, Jill Scott, Wyclef Jean, Chaka Khan, Ledisi, Brian Culbertson, the late Barry White, Erykah Badu and more. Additionally, Ken had the pleasure and honor to play for our beloved First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama!
Early in his career, Ken followed his passion for violin but lived a dual life, working as an IT programmer while honing and indulging his love of music at night. He established himself on the scene with local artists and newcomers, attracting more and more fans and attention from national and international promoters and peers. From the bottom up, he has built his kingdom. It’s only right that he holds the crown of “The King of Strings.”