Big Kenny Just Wants to Love Everybody
Big Kenny, aka Kenny Alphin, is perhaps best known as one-half of the duo Big and Rich. But, while he is still moving full-speed ahead with his music career, he says he's not at all concerned with whether he'll ever perform with former partner John Rich again.
"I'm not focused on that right now," he tells the Arizona Daily Star, shooting down rumors that Big & Rich are planning to record together soon again after their two-year break. The married father says he just wants to make music that appeals to him ... something he's doing as a solo act. "I love music that speaks of everything that's filled my heart my whole life," he says. "And I'm a country boy so I make country music."
Releasing his solo project last year, 'The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy,' Kenny focuses his life -- and his music -- around his motto to 'Love Everybody.' It's a philosophy that came to him, he says, at what could have been the lowest point in his life, when he lost his long-coveted solo record deal without having achieved much commercial success.
"I made a commitment to myself to put it on my guitars; I'd put it all around me to remind me to do that," he reveals. "No matter what, my heart would have nothing but love for other people. You put good into the world, then good will come back. I decided I would be the messenger of those words."
Clearly, it's a driving force in his life. His many charitable contributions include joining a movement to save the Appalachian Mountains, raising awareness of the Native American culture, organizing a benefit to aid Haitians following the January 12 earthquake, in honor of a friend who perished in the disaster and supplying a village in the Sudan with educational and medical supplies. His life ambition, he says, is to make sure everyone feels important and worthwhile. "Love everybody without prejudice."