Kenny Loggins (born January 7, 1948) was born in Everett, Washington. His career spans three decades, namely the latter half of the 1970s, the 1980s, and the early 1990s.
Loggins began his career in the 1970s, and after catching the attention of Columbia Records Producer Jim Messina, the two began a duo career that would last until 1976. In 1977, Loggins went on to produce his first solo album, Celebrate Me Home, which included the hit “I Believe in Love”. Nightwatch, a popular album released in 1978, included the hit “Whenever I Call You Friend”, a duet with Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks. He followed this in 1980 with Keep the Fire, which included hits “This is It” and the title track.
Over the next decade, Loggins produced many hit songs for movie soundtracks. This began with “I’m Alright” from Caddyshack. Hits followed with “Footloose” from the film of the same name, “Meet Me Halfway” from Over the Top, and “Danger Zone”, from Top Gun. 1985 Loggins also produced a song called “Forever”, which would become an internationally recognized piece, translated into several languages. All of these songs remain an integral part of American popular culture.
Loggins also wrote the song, “What a Fool Believes”, with Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers, for which he won a Grammy Award for “Song of The Year” in 1980. Furthermore, he penned “Danny’s Song and “A Love Song” for Anne Murray in the early ‘70s.
In the 1990s, Loggins continued his album career, including the popular 1994 children’s album, Return to Pooh Corner, which included the emotionally touching single of the same name, actually a remake of his Top 40 hit from 1969, “House at Pooh Corner”.
In 1991, Loggins recorded and produced Leap of Faith, an important album in his career featuring the hit “Conviction of the Heart”. Former Vice-President Al Gore billed this song as “the unofficial anthem of the environmental movement”. On Earth Day in 1995, Loggins performed at The National Mall in Washington, D.C. for a live audience of 500,000.
On February 27, 2007, Loggins released his latest effort, How About Now, in conjunction with the start-up label, 180 Music. How About Now is available at 1,449 Target Stores nationwide, as well as online at www.target.com.
The creative spark that eventually evolved into Blue Sky Riders was struck when two veteran singer/songwriters worked on their first song together. When Kenny Loggins, one of the premiere voices in modern popular music, joined forces with Gary Burr, one of Nashville s most accomplished writers, on the well-received 2008 release “How About Now,” they felt they sounded like brothers when they sang together. Loggins, looking for a creative step forward in his musical career, decided on the-spot to form a band but wanted to add a third, female voice. Burr, who has been named Songwriter of the Year by ASCAP, Billboard and NSAI and has worked with artists such as Juice Newton, Conway Twitty and Wynonna Judd, suggested singer/songwriter Georgia Middleman, who has worked with Keith Urban, Faith Hill and Martina McBride among others. Blue Sky Riders was born. All three veterans sing lead amid three-part harmonies, which makes Blue Sky Riders unique.
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