94.7 The Wave Christmas Concert with Dave Koz and Kenny Loggins
Kenny Loggins: Kenny Loggins is one of the most iconic artists under the label soft rock, and pioneered his own style of adult contemporary in the 80s. He is maybe best known as one half of the rock-pop duo Loggins Messina who, along with Jim Messina, played sold out tour dates around the world and released such hit singles as "Your Mama Don't Dance." Kenny Loggins has brought a golden touch to any collaboration or solo endeavor he comes across, and continues to do so with his new band, Blue Sky Riders. Blue Sky Riders (with Kenny Loggins) will be opening for Kenny Loggins on his concert schedule in 2011.
Kenneth Clark Loggins began his career as most artists do: By playing tour dates in numerous small bands as a teen. Loggins began earning a reputation for his singing and songwriting and was eventually introduced to Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield). Messina helped Loggins score a record deal with Columbia, collaborating with Loggins on some of his original compositions. Messina contributed so much to Loggins songs, and the sound became so popular that the pair decided to perform as a duo. Together, Loggins and Messina released a slew of Top 10 albums, including Full Sail in 1973 and Motherlode in 1974. By 1976, however, the duo began becoming more competitive and amicably decided to part ways.
Kenny Loggins' solo career began to take off after the release of his second solo album, Nightwatch, in 1978. He followed up the successful 1979 release of Keep the Fire, which featured the hit single "This Is It" and further developed Loggins' soft rock sound. "This Is It" was co-written by Michael McDonald and led to a popular collaboration on the single "What a Fool Believes." While McDonald only released three hit albums throughout the 80s, he also made significant contributions to soundtracks and played celebrated tour dates. 1991's Leap of Faith contained a hit duet with Sheryl Crow titled "I Would Do Anything", and Loggins' 1994 children's album, Return to Pooh Corner, quickly went platinum.
Kenny Loggins continues to delight audiences with his unique brand of soft rock, both with his solo career and his new side project, Blue Sky Riders, featuring acclaimed singer-songwriters Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman. Tour dates are currently underway, but will stick primarily to the western half of the US. Don't miss this opportunity to witness a music icon live on his concert schedule in 2011.