History

Ken was born in the railroad town of Altoona, Pennsylvania. His father taught him how to play guitar at the age of seven, which sparked a lifelong passion for music. When Ken was nine his father left and he was raised by his mother. At that time, he felt compelled to write his first song. It was a blues song that he wrote detailing the painful break up of his mother and father. It was a loose version of Hank Williams' "Long gone Lonesome Blues" only with different lyrics.

He formed his first group with his brother Mark and a couple of friends from the neighborhood. His original song “Survive” won the band 1st place in the city park’s talent show. The name of the band was The Brotherhood. Ken played in a series of different bands after The Brotherhood all the while constantly writing original songs. After playing for a few years around the area he decided it was time to make a big move. Ken chose Southern California as his new home.

After arriving in Orange County, he quickly started a band and began playing wherever he could. Eventually his band was playing at some of the most iconic venues in Los Angeles- The Whiskey a Go Go, The Roxy, Club Lingerie and Madam Wong’s West. His songwriting skills were continuing to grow as well as his vocals and musicianship.

In 1997, Ken’s band “White Lies” was listed as the #4 original band in Orange County in the OC Register “Year End Review”. On that top 10 list were signed artists “Sugar Ray” and “Lit”. As Ken later stated, “It was validation for me as a songwriter that even though I didn’t have a record deal my songs were being recognized.” At that time Ken was opening for some huge acts in Orange County. There was a show at the Bren Center opening for The Goo Goo Dolls as well as playing 2nd stage at The Irvine Amphitheatre for Matchbox Twenty. His band also opened for Glen Frey as well as John Waite and Eddie Money.

Eventually, White Lies disbanded and Ken decided to concentrate on writing and performing as a solo artist. He has since performed at countless solo events as well as performing in different cover bands and writing songs for himself as well as other artists.

He still has the same passion for music that he did when his father showed him his first chords so many years ago--- and he still seeks to grow as an artist and ultimately satisfy his audience for their commitment through his life’s journey.

 

Music

All songs written by Ken Earnest. ©"The One", "Midnight Lullaby", "Weapons" performed by Ken Earnest. "One of a Kind" is performed by Janna and the Giants. "Doesn't mean a thing" is performed by Ava James

"The One"

"Midnight Lullaby"

"Weapons"

"One of a kind"

"Doesn't mean a thing"