Raz Kennedy has been performing and recording as a vocalist, vocal coach and producer in the Bay Area since 1980. His performance credits include six years as a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, as well as projects with June Watanabe Performance Ensemble, Rebeca Mauleon, Bob Ostertag, Bonnie Hayes, Linda Tillery, George Coates Performance Works, and Oberlin Dance Collective.
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His recording and live credits include backup, ensemble or lead vocals for or with hit song producer Narada Michael Walden, Al Jarreau, Todd Rundgren, Whitney Houston, Bobby McFerrin, The Bobs, Mickey Hart, Kenny Loggins, Rhiannon, Sting, Earl Klugh and many others. He has also sung on projects for film, video, television and radio.
As a vocal coach and vocal producer, Raz has multiple Gold and Platinum records to his credit. Clients include: Adam Duritz and members of Counting Crows, Grammy Award-winning artists Los Tigres Del Norte, Universal Recording artists Stroke 9, Rancid, Dreamworks recording artist Davey Havoc of AFI, Aaron Carter, Chantelle Paige of Flipsyde, Caroline Vreeland, A-Teens, Lavay Smith, Hilary Duff, Nicole Riw, members of Metallica, Victoria Theodore (Stevie Wonder Band), Brett Anderson of The Donnas, Joe Bagale, Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, Jerry Harrison (founding member of Talking Heads), and many more.
Over the 40 years of his musical career, Raz has studied with master vocal coaches Jane Sharp, Tikey Zes, Seth Riggs and William Hannibal Means. For the past year-and-a-half he has been traveling to and from Copenhagen, Denmark in pursuit of deepening his knowledge of vocal mechanics through studying with master vocal coach Catherine Sadolin, along with her brilliant teaching staff, at CVI. Raz will soon become one of only two vocal coaches in the United States to receive certification and authorization from CVI to teach the CVI method.
Raz presently produces, writes and arranges vocals for live and studio projects. Also on the faculty at The Jazzschool in Berkeley and The East Bay Center for Performing Arts in Richmond, Raz has studied Latin Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian music in Cuba and New York and has toured internationally in Europe, Asia and South America. Raz's latest effort, The PoRazone Love Project, is a performance art collaboration with Pollyanna Bush.
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