To celebrate the recent release of her self-titled debut album (out on Toronto-based label Pheromone), this young Nova Scotian singer/songwriter played an industry showcase at The Rivoli. It confirmed that she is an artist of quite phenomenal talent, one worthy of the buzz she and her record have started to receive. The album was produced by East Coast rock hero JOEL PLASKETT, and he showed up to play guitar and sing on a few tunes. The very catchy “Déjà vu” (co-written by Plaskett) deserves to be a big radio hit. For a diminutive figure, Kenney sure has a powerful voice, and she easily captured the crowd’s attention with such eloquently written songs as “Eden” and “The Happy Song.” A cover of DAVID BOWIE’s “Five Years” was another highlight, as was her encore of the riveting “Scene Of The Crime,” On The Beat’s favourite. Spotted in the audience was RON SEXSMITH, a big
Kenney fan who has invited her to open shows for him. An artist to watch closely. Meanwhile, Joel Plaskett fans had better rush to get tickets for his sure to sell out five night run at The Horseshoe, Dec. 12-16, part of that great club’s 65th birthday celebrations.
by Kerry Doole, On The Beat