Country music is at its best when it captures the honest emotion of everyday life, and Kent Jenkins delivers songs that stay grounded in raw reality. “One of my favorite things about music is its ability, through storytelling, to reach into people’s lives in such a short amount of time and form this powerful connection,” he says.
Jenkins has been entertaining crowds for as long as he can remember. Getting his start in acting, he performed professionally at the prestigious Ford’s Theater and Shakespeare Theatre companies in Washington, D.C., but his love of music began when he joined a classic rock cover band in middle school with his best friends. Kent recalls their first gig, a smoky, rundown bar in Springfield, Virginia, full of middle aged bikers, at the age of fourteen. Before graduating high school, the band played at venues like Rams Head Live! and Jammin’ Java, even headlining a benefit concert at The Pentagon. In 2015, they played for an audience of 5,000 during a Fourth of July celebration in Alexandria, VA.
In January of 2017, Jenkins released his first EP Whole Lotta Nothing, a unique blend of country, rock and roll, and blues. He conceived the melodie, perceptive lyrics, and recorded the EP at his home studio in Nashville. In his upcoming single, “Good As Old,” Jenkins creates another guitar driven anthem that’s built to last.
Two years ago, Kent moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University’s songwriting program and loves pursuing his dreams in Music City. His sound draws from the broad range of cultural influences he encountered growing up outside of the Washington, D.C. area. Currently, he is involved in a songwriting mentorship on Music Row with Downtown Music Publishing and has been given the opportunity to learn from a number of songwriters and producers, such as Tommy English (BØRNS) and Tony Esterly. Looking forward, Kent hopes to go on tour, allowing more people to hear his music and connect with his lyrics. If you want to listen to his music, check out his social media or head to his website. He’d love to see you at a show around town!