KO is making a major impression in the music industry and has transitioned into a new direction! His confidence and smooth vocal ability has been proven to be out-of-the-box in both religious and pop message presentation for most traditionalists; and even some progressives. KO is a multi-talented composer, arranger, producer, barber, contractor, family man, comedian, friend, visionary, and male singer.
KO has released his latest project entitled, The Addendum. “Adore”, KO’s smashing hit-single, is his best material yet. This impressive track is a Latin romantic concept that has the dominance of pop soul. KO has a collection of genres on the album Addendum. If you are a fan of R&B, “Make it work”, may be the song for you. Maybe you want a taste of reggae soul, no problem, “Tha Truth”, will set you free. Hiphop? We got you! ” Hard Knock Life “, is where it’s at. Or maybe you just want to sit back and listen to him sing his behind off on the big ballet, ‘Expectations”. Whatever mood needs to be set KO is sure to accomplish it with this timeless album Addendum.
Early Life and Career
Born into a musical family with six sisters, and the birth name Kendrick Orr, on December 14, 1972, in Courtland, Alabama, KO has been singing gospel tunes by his father (musician) and mother (missionary) at a very young age. It can be said that music has really become the central theme in his life ever since. KO has taught himself to play several instruments and has perfected his vocal ability and developed his skills in the local area.
KO is married to his best friend, the beautiful, Tamonica Mitchell, for 18 years but have known each other for 24 years. The Orr’s were unable to have children of their own and adoption became a wonderful opportunity. Embracing their new addition and bundle of joy, Rasheed Orr, was a blessing to the couple. The Orr’s philosophy: “When you choose to adopt, you are providing a child with a new home, family, and parents. You are completely improving their circumstances and giving them newfound opportunities”. By adopting, you are opening the child’s door to many new possibilities. If a child is in a bad situation or has parents who cannot support them anymore, a new home gives them a new chance at life, and that’s the home the Orr’s are providing for Rasheed.
KO’s Professional Career
KO’s singing career began with his sisters (The Orr Sisters), gospel recording artists. He then ventured into creating music and debuting gospel albums, Get Ready (2002) and I’ll Be Tha One (2007). With the rising success of his smash single “Home”, KO has embarked on a promotional tour, The Purpose Tour, in the southeastern region. His hit single, “Jesus You”, from his sophomore project became a notable hit oversees. This led to live performances, resulting in international notoriety and acclaim across the
continent of Africa.
KO has performed at the Annual Bay Fest, Alabama’s largest music festival
(Mobile, AL), which featured other performances by Jill Scott, Wiz Khalifa,
Anthony Hamilton, B.O.B., and Ludacris, just to name a few. KO’s musical
inspirations include: Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Fred Hammond, Maroon 5, John Legend, Shania Twain, and Kelvin Wooten. It may be flattering to be compared to John Legend, a man representing the zeniths of his profession and that is well-known by the masses. Here too, KO fits nicely with his highly recognized vocals and lyrics.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
KO WORLDWIDE: I’m from a small town in the northern part of Alabama named Courtland, where the population is less than 1500 people.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
KO WORLDWIDE: As a child, I was exposed to gospel and quartet music. As I grew older, I took on a love for many genres of music like pop, soul, rhythm & blues, blues, country, jazz, hip hop, and many more. My musical background is eclectic in the sense that I like to sample a little of it all and corporate it with what I’m creating at the time.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
KO WORLDWIDE: I started recording and releasing my own music because I have always felt as well as been told that my music carries messages that everyone (race, creed, color) can relate to. My music is so inspirational that I have been able to establish new relationships and fans due to the fact that my songs become conversational pieces; the topics are relatable.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
KO WORLDWIDE: I sing about love, life, family, happiness, finance, relationships, trust, betrayal, empowerment, and spirituality and all of their ups, downs, and turns.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
KO WORLDWIDE: My fan base is directed to everyone. There is something on my album for the entire family. Man, woman, boy and girl. It’s directed to the total man.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
KO WORLDWIDE: I’m influenced by many great artists. To name a few, Prince, John Mayer, Shania Twain, Usher, Fred Hammond, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, and Donnie Hathaway.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
KO WORLDWIDE: I tell people that my music is exciting and awe inspiring. I tell them to get ready for wholesome and soulful music that feeds the heart and mind. Music that makes you feel like having fun, falling in love, and conquering your dreams. It’s a party of life packaged up.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
KO WORLDWIDE: I stand out from other artist because I’m not just a singer, but my personality forces me and my audience to interact and create great chemistry. I’m not afraid to arouse the curiosity of my listeners by being upfront and personal.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
KO WORLDWIDE: Currently, I’m building new shows with my band for different types of venues. I just completed an album entitled, Addendum. I’m also writing new music for my next project.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
KO WORLDWIDE: Building a brand, traveling the world, sharing my music, rising on the music charts, winning Grammys, and owning a major music label that I may one day help and mentor other aspiring artist like myself are some of my career goals. I see myself basking in all of what I have mentioned before 10 years. I see myself embarking on more ventures in 10 years that are
branches from my current successes.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
KO WORLDWIDE: My fans may contact me at:Koworldwide.com, Facebook.com/Koworldwide, Facebook.com/KennOrr, Twitter.com/Koworldwide1, InstagramKoworldwide, Reverbnation.com/Koworldwide
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