Giving truth to Memphis youth
By Deidra Shores (Cordova High School)
Despite a lot of negative focus on events in Memphis in recent weeks, there are so many positive things that are produced by our city. Memphis native Kenneth Townsend, or better known as ‘KT’ to his fans, is a musician, vocalist, and music producer. KT was a piano player for the Jacksons ‘Unity’ tour. His traveling and music producing for local LA artists keeps him busy.
KT graduated from Ridgeway High School in 2001 and received his basic training in music at church. After high school, he then attended the University of Memphis to study jazz composition. He credits much of his training to one of his mentors, Derrick Jackson.
He said, “Dedications to my craft and keeping God first motivated me to work hard and achieve my success.” Staying humble has always been his main agenda and it is this attitude which he believes has taken him so far.
He is very content with himself and the decisions he’s made towards his career thus far. He wouldn’t change anything and said “One of the hardest parts of my job is adapting to new atmospheres and new people. The ability to adapt to different environments is a major part of it that I try to keep balanced.”
One of the great luxuries associated with his job is the amount of world traveling he gets to do because he accompanies a group of artists who are able to perform worldwide. Alongside this, he also gets to meet and socialize with a number of highly successful people and learn from them as well.
KT’s advice for Shelby County School students that are aspiring musicians is to practice, practice again, then practice even more. The best lesson his job has taught him is to stay humble, practice and pray.
Check out Deidra Shores in the SCS ‘Show Us Awesome’ finalists video!