Kenny Lattimore is an American singer born April 19, 1970 in Washington D.C. specializing in R&B, Gospel and Jazz with work on various labels including Epic, Columbia, Arista, LeFace, Verve and SincereSoul EMI.
Lattimore first developed his interest for music in the high school band program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland. He often acknowledges Dr. Barbara Baker for setting him on his current path. Lattimore spoke at the 2005 Eleanor Roosevelt High School Graduation. He is an alumnus of Howard University in Washington, DC. A stint as session vocalist for R&B group Maniquin led to an official place in the group as lead singer.
His own debut album Kenny Lattimore materialized on Columbia Records in 1996 to much fanfare. That set boasted a pair of Top 20 hits: “Never Too Busy” and the Grammy-nominated perennial wedding favorite “For You”, written by high school friend Kenny Lerum. The huge success of the album earned Lattimore a win for Best New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards in 1996 and eventually achieved Gold sales status.
He followed up his debut with From the Soul of Man, another critically acclaimed set of classically styled soul music in 1998, yielding the hits “Days Like This” and “If I Lose My Woman” along with a standout cover of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” After a short hiatus, the singer re-emerged on Arista Records when, then president Clive Davis signed him to a new contract.
In keeping with the “lover man” image that came to the fore with the hits that launched his career, Lattimore is known for his dramatic stage shows, vocal agility, and romantic ambiance. The New York Times hailed him as a “modern soul man” on stage. The singer has long established in interviews his personal mission to show the “strong, but sensitive and caring side of Black men.
Kenny Lattimore began his own record company SincereSoul Records in 2012. He released his album Back 2 Cool on January 22, 2013. The album’s first single “Find a Way” produced by Ivan “Orthodox” Barias & Carvin “Ransum” Higgins hit radio on Valentine’s Day 2012. The second single “Back 2 Cool” he featured Kelly Price.