Kenny Loggins

Monday, September 17, 2018

Kenny Loggins' remarkable four-decade-plus career has brought him from the top of the charts to the toast of the Grammys. He's had smash hits on Hollywood's favorite soundtracks (Footloose and Top Gun, to name a few), rocked worldwide stages, and found his way into children's hearts while bringing his smooth, beautiful voice to platinum albums of a stunning variety of genres. His gift for crafting deeply emotional music is unparalleled, and it's been a part of his life as long as he can remember. 

"When I recorded Celebrate Me Home, I was very excited, I was like an arrow pulled back in a bow," Loggins says. His 1977 Phil Ramone-produced solo debut went platinum and included "I Believe in Love," the song he'd written for Barbra Streisand to perform in the film A Star Is Born. The album came out just in time for Loggins to score a gig opening for Fleetwood Mac on the Rumours tour, and he went from playing large rooms to arenas overnight. He struck up a friendship with Stevie Nicks, who generously offered to sing one of his songs. Loggins found the right tune — "Whenever I Call You Friend" from his 1978 LP Nightwatch — which he credits as "the moment that launched my solo career."

The hits just kept on coming. Loggins pulled up for a songwriting session at Michael McDonald's house and heard the opening melody of "What a Fool Believes" coming out of the door. "He stopped playing but my imagination kept going. So I like to say we were writing before we met." The pair won a Best Song Grammy - Loggins' first - for the tune in 1979. The following year, the pair picked up a second Grammy for "This Is It," off Loggins' third consecutive platinum solo album, Keep the Fire. As the decade progressed, Loggins kept expanding his musical range, impressively exploring new textures of jazz, rock, and pop with ambitious production.

In the 1980s, Loggins also earned a new title: king of the movie soundtrack. Film producer Jon Peters called him in to see a rough cut of Caddyshack, and Loggins provided the cult classic's smash "I'm Alright." When a pal asked Loggins to write a few songs for an as-yet-unmade picture called Footloose, he whipped up a No. 1 blockbuster: "I had a little up-tempo thing I'd been messing with that I probably wouldn't have written if it hadn't have been for the movie," Loggins says. He scored a track on Tom Cruise's Top Gun ("Playing With the Boys") and performed that movie's indelible hit "Danger Zone."

While Loggins continued to record albums that were deeply personal and introspective (from 1985's Vox Humana to 1988's Back to Avalon), he also began looking outward, contributing to 1985's landmark charity single "We Are the World." "I was fortunate that Michael Jackson and I had become friends, so he invited me join in," Loggins says. "It was a long night, and there was a really good vibe in the room." 

Several years later, Loggins - a deeply committed environmentalist with a long history of advocating for the planet and green parenting - wrote a passionate plea for change called "Conviction of the Heart" that appeared on his 1991 album Leap of Faith. The song was so powerful, it caught the ear of Al Gore, who later called it the "unofficial anthem of the environmental movement."

Though he's got 12 platinum albums, a pair of Grammys, and hits on almost all the Billboard charts under his belt, Loggins is far from done. Having just released his latest children’s project, the book Footloose, inspired by his 1985 Oscar nominated and Grammy Award-winning “Song of the Year,” he's still looking forward to what's next. "I feel very lucky that this is the way I make my living, and not a lot of people can say that," Loggins says. "I've been lucky that I love what I do and I get to keep doing it."


Event TypeRegular Event
Event DateMonday, September 17, 2018
Event Time7:30 PM
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