How much is Kenny Lattimore worth?
|Net Worth:||$2.5 Million|
|Date of Birth:||April 10, 1970|
|Country:||United States of America|
“I think if you’ve been through it before, you can sing about experiences that you’ve had. It is difficult to sing about things that you’ve never been through. You have to be like one of the finest actors. I’m sure when Denzel Washington or Robert De Niro prepares for a role, you do some research and try to figure out where you relate and how you can say this is a way that an audience will believe it. However, when you’re writing from a standpoint of reality, that’s easier. I didn’t want to write anything negative because sometimes when you write things and then they become hits, you have to relive those songs over and over again on stage. Even Mary J Blige at some point said ‘No More Drama’.” — Kenny Lattimore
Who Is Kenny Lattimore
Growing up in a musical family in the Washington, D.C. area, Kenny Lattimore began singing early in life, winning junior-high talent shows and singing everything from R&B; to classical, during his high school years at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland. After studying architecture and city planning at Howard University, he became lead singer of the R&B; group Maniquin after a stint as session vocalist. The group went on to release it’s first and only album on the Epic label in 1989. The lead single, “I Wanna Ride,” was an answer to the then-hit single “Mercedes Boy,” by the singer Pebbles (who later went on to marry — and then divorce — music mogul LA Reid). Both songs were produced and co-written by Gap Band lead singer Charlie Wilson.
After Maniquin went nowhere as a group, Kenny decided to go solo. He began concentrating on developing his songwriting skills, which resulted in some of his songs being recorded by other vocalists, including Glenn Jones and Jon Lucien. After moving to New York, Kenny was signed to a solo recording deal with Columbia Records and released his self-titled debut in 1996. The album went gold, selling over half a million copies, thanks in part to the hit single “Never Too Busy” and the wedding song “For You,” which was written by a high school friend, Kenny Lerum. He followed up his debut album with From the Soul of a Man in 1998 and 2001’s Weekend, both of which enhanced his musical image and reputation as a smooth ladies’ man. Neither album was a commercial success, however; each peaked outside the top 10 on the Billboard R&B; albums chart.
With Chante Moore
Kenny began dating R&B; vocalist Chante Moore in the early 2000s, and the couple married on Jan. 1, 2002 at a private ceremony in Jamaica. Their son Kenny, Jr. was born April 10, 2003. In February 2003, the couple released an album of duets together called Things That Lovers Do. It eventually became Kenny’s biggest-selling album to date, peaking at No. 3 on the R&B; albums chart and selling over a million copies. Trying to build on the success of the first duet album, the couple released a second collaborative project together in 2006, Uncovered/Covered. It peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard R&B; albums chart.
After 2006’s second duets albums, Kenny and Chante went back to their solo careers. Both released albums on their own om 2008, Kenny’s being a collection of remakes of calssic songs called Timeless. In August 2011, Chante announced via her Facebook page that she and Kenny were divorced, but neither she nor her ex has chosen to reveal the details or timeline of when they split. In 2012 he founded his own record company, SincereSoul Records, and is expected to release his next studio album, Back 2 Cool in conjunction with EMI Records sometime in 2013.
After six years of touring and recording together, Kenny Lattimore and his wife, Chante Moore, have resumed their solo careers. Chante dropped her new album, Love The Woman, in June 2008 via Peak Records, and now it’s her husband’s turn. On Sept. 9, 2008, Kenny dropped an album of sophisticated cover songs called Timeless via Verve Records. On Timeless, Kenny remakes classic songs that were originally by a wide variety of artists, including Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, Al Green and Elton John. The verdict: it’s a good, but not great, album. It’s solid, but not spectacular.
If you’re hearing these cover songs for the first time, Kenny’s renditions of such classic songs like Marvin Gaye‘s “That’s The Way Love Is,” the Beatles’ “And I Love Her” and the Norm Connors classic “You Are My Starship,” will likely tickle your ear, since he has a pleasant, soothing voice that’s strong, but not overly forceful. His deft singing touch is apparent on the opening track, a version of Al Green’s “Something,” as well as the next two songs, Jeff Buckley’s “Everybody Here Wants You” and the aforementioned quiet storm mainstay “You Are My Starship.” Likewise, his begging and pleading on a new version of Otis Redding‘s “I Love You More Than Words Can Say,” is also a thrill.
But the problem is that although Kenny’s versions of the 11 songs are solid, in each case they fail live up to the original versions. Even Kenny’s more devoted fans will have to admit that he’s no Al Green or Otis Redding, but by covering their songs on this album, he directly offers his voice to be compared to theirs. And although Kenny’s got definite skills, he’s not an elite vocalist and this album makes that perfectly clear. Even on his covers of songs that weren’t well known for soaring vocals, such as his version of the Beatles “And I Love Her,” is flawed. Not just by his somewhat flat, uninspired vocals, but also by the instrumentation, which is bland to point of sounding like elevator music, or a karaoke tune.
That’s not to say that Timeless, is a bad album: the choice of songs is varied and each track obviously has some personal significance to the singer. And as mentioned above, if you haven’t heard the original versions of the songs, you’ll likely be pleased by Kenny’s versions, since he does a solid job remaking them. But if you do hear and like these songs, then do yourself a favor – track down the originals. You may like them even more.