Raz Kennedy

Raz Kennedy has been performing and recording in the Bay Area for over 16 years. His performance credits include six years as a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, as well as projects with June Watanabe Performance Ensemble, Toni Childs, and Oberlin Dance Collective. He has also toured nationally and internationally as a performing artist, and has recorded numerous radio, video, television and film projects including the Academy Award winning documentary Common Threads. In May of 1994, he received critical acclaim for his performance in the George Coates production; Box Conspiracy; an interactive Sho at Spoleto/USA.

His recording credits include vocals on the Windham Hill label, Bobby McFerrin's Medicine Music, and Bobby's most recent recording, Circle Songs. Other recording projects include vocals for Mickey Hart's Planet Drum CD Supralingua, Al Jarreau, Kenny Loggins, Narada Michael Walden, Andy Narell, Todd Rundgren, The Bobs, Rhiannon, Linda Tillery, Rebeca Mauleon, Jason Becker and Bob Ostertag among others.

As a vocal coach and vocal producer, Raz, clients include; Adam Duritz and other members of Counting Crows, Mark Eitzel, Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederickson of Rancid, Jack Blades of Night Ranger & Damn Yankees, Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springstein's E Street Band, Lavay Smith, Brenda Holloway of Pride & Joy, Grammy Award Winning Artists Los Tigres Del Norte, Bert Okpokwasili of the House Jacks, Shana Morrison, Noelle Hampton and Producer Narada Michael Walden to name a few.

Raz presently produces, writes, arranges, performs, and coaches singers for live and studio projects. He teaches privately at his South of Market studio, and teaches a vocal technique class at Blue Bear School of American Music. Raz continues to support local music education programs as a guest artist teaching voice at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts and the Oberlin Dance Collective. As a Governor on the Board of Directors of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Raz actively serves on the Education Committee, and is a Vice President on the Executive Committee.

For further information, please contact Lynn Asher at 415-552-4414.

Moe has been studying voice with Raz for three years now. In addition to transformative vocal coaching, Raz has provided thoughtful critique, professional contact, and musical inspiration.He's also become a good friend to Moe and me.

-Christopher Schardt