PROFILE
Name:
Kenny Lattimore
Birth Date:
April 10, 1970
Birth Place:
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Things that Lovers Do

Background:

Singer Kenny Lattimore launched his singing career with the late 1980’s group Maniquin before emerging as a minor R&B star with the release of his eponymous debut album in 1996. “Kenny Lattimore” generated two hits with the songs “Never Too Busy” and “For You” and received gold certification. The album also brought him a NAACP Image Award. Following the critically praised “From the Soul of Man” (1998) and the disappointing “Weekend” (2001), Lattimore gained more recognition with “Things that Lovers Do” (2003), a bestselling album of duets with wife Chanté Moore. Noted for hits like “Loveable (From Your Head To Your Toes)” and “You Don't Have To Cry,” the album became a hit record. The spouses worked together again in 2006 for “Uncovered/Covered,” a double CD of R&B love and gospel songs.

Lattimore has been married to Chanté Moore since 2002. The couple has a son named Kenny Jr. In 2005, Lattimore returned to his alma mater, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, to give a speech at the graduation event. He frequently credits Dr. Baker for helping him with his successful career.


Washington

Childhood and Family:

Kenneth Lee Lattimore was born on April 10, 1970, in Washington, D.C. Coming from a musical family, he won talent shows at his junior high school and studied music at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland, where he participated in the school's band program. In college, Kenny majored in architecture and city planning at Howard University although he pursued music as a hobby.

On January 1, 2002, Kenny married singer Chanté Moore. The couple welcomed a son named Kenny Jr. on April 10, 2003.


Never Too Busy

Career:

Kenny Lattimore began his musical career with the R&B group Maniquin, which signed to Epic in 1987. The group released a debut album two years later, but the record was unsuccessful. After touring a year, Lattimore left Maniquin in 1990. He then began writing songs and worked with numerous artists. Some of his songs were recorded by Jon Lucien and Glenn Jones and he began collaborating with the group Dem Twinzz. The group's demos, which featured Lattimore singing, caught the attention of major labels but he didn’t want to be part of a group. In 1993, he went to New York City to try his hand at a solo career.

After struggling for a few months in Manhattan, Lattimore made a demo of songs he co-wrote. Produced by J. Dibbs, the tape landed him a record contract with Columbia in 1995. A year later, on May 14, Lattimore released a self-titled debut that featured production by Herb Middleton, Kenneth and Keith Crouch, Oji Pierce, Jimmy Abney, Kipper Jones, Barry Eastmond and Dave Hall. The album contained 12 songs, 6 of which he wrote or co-wrote. It rose to No. 19 on the Billboard R&B chart and No. 1 on the Heatseekers chart and went gold. “Kenny Lattimore” spawned three charted hits, including the Top 20 R&B hits “Never Too Busy” and “For You.” For his efforts, Lattimore was handed a 1996 NAACP Image for Best New Artist.

Lattimore's sophomore album, “From the Soul of Man,” followed on October 20, 1998. The album was released to critical acclaim and became a Top 15 R&B hit. It also produced such hits as “Days Like This” and “If I Lose My Woman.” After taking some time off, Lattimore resurfaced with a new album and a new label. “Weekend” was launched on Arista Record in October 2001. Unlike its predecessors, the album did not perform well. He then collaborated with R&B singer-wife Chanté Moore to record a duet album called “Things That Lovers Do.” Released on February 11, 2003, the album offered new versions of classic soul songs from artists like Keith Sweat, Marvin Gaye and Lionel Richie and two new original songs. Thanks to the impressive singles “Loveable (From Your Head To Your Toes)” and “You Don't Have To Cry,” “Things That Lovers Do” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard R&B Chart. Lattimore and Moore promoted the album with a successful tour.

On May 18, 2004, Lattimore launched “Days Like This: The Best Of Kenny Lattimore,” a greatest hit compilation. He followed it up with “Uncovered/Covered,” another album of duets with his wife that was released on LaFace/Zomba Music Group on October 10 2006. In its first week of release, it debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard R&B Chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Gospel chart. The album contained the singles “Figure It Out,” which was produced by Bryan Michael Cox, “Make Me Like The Moon,” a ballad co-written by Lattimore and Moore, and “Tonight (2 Step).”

Kenny’s newest album, “Timeless,” was released in 2008 with the Verve label. The single “You Are My Starship” was also released in 2008.


Awards:

  • NAACP Image: Best New Artist, “Kenny Lattimore,” 1996

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