kenna turner west

Biography

KENNA TURNER WEST

Kenna Turner West’s career in gospel music began in 1983 when, as a new Believer, the eighteen year-old joined the nine-time Grammy Award-winning Blackwood Brothers. (*The Blackwood Brothers were inducted into the GMA Hall of Fame in 1998, placing Kenna and her father, Ken, alongside gospel music legends James Blackwood and J.D. Sumner as fellow Blackwood alumni.) Over twenty-five years later, God has continued to open doors for Kenna to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ across the nation and around the world, alongside Christian leaders such as Franklin Graham and Dr. Jerry Falwell, at venues ranging from The Pentagon to NASCAR chapels to the local church.

the blackwood brothers

the blackwood brothers

the blackwood brothers

Though anchored in Christian music — working with artists such as Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, CeCe Winans, Charles Billingsley, The Cathedrals, The Talleys, and producers Don Potter and Paul Overstreet — Kenna also performs country as well as big band music, garnering several Cammy Award nominations (“Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Favorite New Artist”) for her #1 big band single, Who Wouldn’t Love You. She is both a sought-after producer and session singer, recording national radio jingles for companies like Pizza Hut and Window World.

In 2001, after years of primarily being a vocalist, Kenna began penning songs for The Spring Hill Music Group, owned in part by gospel music icon Bill Gaither. Her first single, We’re Not Gonna Bow, was recorded by Jeff and Sheri Easter and became a #1 hit, giving Kenna her first Dove Award nomination. Within four years, she was voted the SGM Songwriter of the Year.

Kenna’s songs have graced over a dozen Dove Award-nominated projects. Some of her more recognizable cuts are:

In 2007, Kenna signed with Word Entertainment/Warner Brothers — broadening her catalog of songs that include praise and worship, gospel, inspirational, adult contemporary, country, and choral — and in 2009, garnered her second Dove Award nomination for the song, Big Mighty God. Soon after, the Liberty graduate and certified counselor released her first book, Finding the Good and Seeing His Glory, which explores the sufficiency of God’s grace in adversity. The following year, Kenna won her first Diamond Award for Song of the Year, and in 2011 went on to receive honors at the AGM Awards for Songwriter of the Year. Recently, Kenna joined the team at Daywind Music Publishing, and will soon release her first musical, distributed by LifeWay, entitled Love Won. Orchestrated by Russell Maudlin, Bradley Knight, Cliff Duren, and Camp Kirkland, the musical will be available for the 2012 Easter season.

 

Mission

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”
—2 Corinthians 5:17-19

 

kenna in concert

 

Endorsements

“Kenna Turner West writes like she lives and sings—with all her heart!”
—Dr. Jerry Falwell, former President and Chancellor, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia

“She is simply one of the best in the business.”
—Les Butler, Director of Business Operations, Singing News Magazine

“I love Kenna! Her vibrant spirit, soul-stirring music, and way of presenting truths have been an incredible blessing to me.”
—Dr. Jay Dennis, Pastor, television host, author of six books including The Jesus Habits and The Prayer Experiment

“Kenna West is a breath of fresh air! In all of my years in ministry, I have seen very few with her passion, love for life, and strong desire for the things of the Lord. She is truly a blessing to everyone she meets, and is one of the most gifted speakers and songwriter/singers that I have met.”
—Pastor Bob Beeman, Sanctuary International

“Kenna West loves the Lord enthusiastically, and her enthusiasm is contagious. Blessed with a beautiful voice and a sharp wit, she presents a powerful message in her music as both a songwriter and performer.”
—Rob Shearer, Publisher, Greenleaf Press

“Kenna brings a tremendous amount of encouragement and energy to our chapel services at the Winston Cup. I have watched our community grow to respect her as a person, wife, and mom. Her day-to-day message and penetrating lyrics make her music and message relevant to the people served by MRO.”
—Dale Beaver, NASCAR Chaplain, Motor Racing Outreach

“Kenna is the real deal. She is extremely talented, absolutely hilarious, and best of all, performing for the Glory of the Lord. She brings the house down!!!”
—Buddy Newsome, Director, F.A.I.T.H. Riders Motorcycle Ministry

“Kenna is more than just a wonderful person. Whatever she does, she does with all her heart. You will never meet anyone quite like her, and you will be a better person for having done so.”
—Phil Johnson, Director of A&R, Spring Hill Music Group

“It is not only the ‘green pastures’ and ‘still waters’ she captures, but the ‘valley of the shadow.’”
—Charles Simpson, Editor, One-to-One Magazine, contributor to The Spirit Filled Life Bible

“Kenna’s words are deep, creative, and powerful.”
—Pam Farrel, International speaker, best-selling author of Men Are Like Waffles And Women Are Like Spaghetti

“Kenna has really touched the hearts of the drivers, crews, and families with her personal approach and powerful testimony.”
—Billy Mauldin, CEO, Motor Racing Outreach, NASCAR

“What a wonderful talent.”
—Ivan Parker, Award-winning artist

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