Member Profile

Ken Whiteley

"Ken Whiteley & Freedom Blues" is soulful vocals, outstanding musicianship and an intelligent, original repertoire. Whiteley is a CFMA, Genie Award, FMO Lifetime Achievement winner plus he has been nominated for 15 Maple Blues Awards and 7 Juno Awards. He was the first Canadian act invited to the Chicago Blues Festival and has performed and recorded with Blind John Davis, The Campbell Brothers, Guy Davis, John Hammond Jr. and countless others. With Freedom Blues, Whiteley explores freedom’s personal and social dimensions. Propelled by his powerful vocals and slide guitar, the Fabulous Levy Sisters’ harmonies, Hammond organ, horns and rock solid grooves. Grammy winning musicologist Rob Bowman says, “Deftly drawing on a wide range of musical sources including blues, gospel and folk, Freedom Blues is a landmark album in Whiteley’s career and Canadian roots music in general.”

"Ken Whiteley and The Beulah Band" (Rosalyn Dennett, Frank Evans/Allison DeGroot, Ben Whiteley/Alastair Whitehead/Gord Mowatt) are creating exciting new music that is deeply rooted in traditional North American folk forms. You’ll hear echoes of blues, gospel, swing, string and jug band sounds. They are all outstanding and versatile instrumentalists and great harmony singers.

Whiteley has a long and honored history on the roots music scene. He has received 7 Juno Award Nominations, a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Genie Award for the Best Original Song in a Canadian movie and Lifetime Achievement Awards from Folk Music Ontario and the Mariposa Folk Festival. He has appeared at literally hundreds of folk festivals and concerts across North America and performed with legends such as Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, John Hammond, Stan Rogers and Raffi. His production work on 140 albums has resulted in 22 Juno Nominations, 2 Grammy Nominations and a host of other awards.

Bookings: Shari Campbell - sharionthefly@gmail.com
(416) 533-9988

www.kenwhiteley.com