Sunday, April 1st, 2018
Myles Richard Kennedy (born Myles Richard Bass; November 27, 1969) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Alter Bridge, and as the lead vocalist in guitarist Slash`s backing band, known as Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. A former guitar instructor from Spokane, Washington, he has worked as a session musician and songwriter, making both studio and live appearances with several artists, and has been involved with several projects throughout his career.Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Northern Idaho and Spokane, Kennedy attended Spokane Falls Community College to study music theory. He began his music career in 1990 as the lead guitarist of the instrumental jazz ensemble Cosmic Dust, with which he released one studio album. His second band, Citizen Swing, released two studio albums before disbanding in 1996. With fellow Citizen Swing member Craig Johnson, Kennedy founded the rock band The Mayfield Four, for which he provided lead vocals and guitar. The band released two studio albums and broke up in 2002. After declining an offer to audition as the lead vocalist of Velvet Revolver, he was asked to join Alter Bridge by Mark Tremonti in late 2003, formally joining in 2004, and he has been with the band ever since. He has released five studio albums with Alter Bridge.While Alter Bridge was on tour in 2008, Kennedy collaborated with former members of Led Zeppelin on an undisclosed project, though the band never fully materialized and the songs he wrote with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham remain unreleased. He then started working with Slash, featuring on the guitarist`s 2010 eponymous solo album on two tracks and later serving as Slash`s vocalist on tour. With Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators have recorded two studio albums. He has also worked on a solo project off and on since 2009, with his debut album, Year of the Tiger, set for release in March 2018.