Welsh singer-songwriter, James Kennedy, has returned to the world of music with his storming solo album, Home.
If Kennedy looks a little familiar, then you might recognise him from hard-rock band, Kyshera, who have found success in alternative circles in past years. However, with Home, James is moving away from his former style, instead adopting a more melodic rock sound, yet still driven by his powerful vocals.
The touring lifestyle with Kyshera proved difficult to handle for James which led to a period of depression for the talented songwriter. However, he managed to relieve his suffering by using songwriting as an outlet of release, eventually creating the beautifully crafted Home in just a few months.
Kennedy had serious hearing problems as a child, resulting in 3 major surgeries and the fear of permanent hearing loss always in the back of his mind. This led to his school life being interrupted, so James became an adept self-learner which he applied to learning guitar, vocals, piano, bass and music production. The self-taught musician was soon accepted to Welsh College of Music & Drama, before working in a recording studio where he used his skills to form his own label, Konic Records.
With an enticing range of powerful and gentle rock songs, it will be interesting to see how Kennedy has reinvented a style of music that has seemingly disappeared in recent years.
Home is out 31st March and you can check out James and his music here: