Multi-talented artist and entrepreneur Kenny Peters seems to have accomplished so much at the age of 55, but very few actually know that his journey has not been as smooth sailing as most people think it is. With over 35 years of rich experience when it comes to vocal work, excellent theater performances, a newly completed college degree, a 22-year relationship with his partner, and passionate mental health advocacy, one would think that Kenny has finally peaked in life. On the contrary, Kenny is just setting out to achieve new feats.
The powerful tenor is also skilled in playing the piano and violin, instruments he learned to use at a young age. Music has always been Kenny’s greatest outlet and mode of self-expression. Kenny’s music differs uniquely from other mainstream creations as it reveals his intense life experiences from being physically abused as a child to coming out in the late ’70s as a gay man. Kenny grew up with his non-biological father after he divorced his mother, and the abuse happened when his father figure succumbed to alcoholism.
Apart from his uncommon journey of experiencing childhood trauma, he also battled with the challenges that his mental illness brought about. He is inclined to believe that his condition was triggered by his trauma. He struggled with it for quite some time until he was finally diagnosed in 2008. With the right therapy and dosage of medication, Kenny was able to find a healthy balance in life that allowed him to be more productive.
Despite his difficult past and his mental health condition, he continued to stand up for those who could not speak for themselves, learned to love people more, and took courage to survive in a world that is constantly changing. “It’s probably one of the best feelings I’ve ever had—knowing that by sharing what’s been the worst of my life, someone else may find their path. It makes us all winners,” Kenny explains.
Several music icons have been instrumental in influencing Kenny’s singing style, and these include George Michael, Kenny Loggins, Elton John, and Gino Vannelli. In 2008, he left the corporate world to create an album called Covered Up, with songs that were especially developed to help him cope with his mental illness.
Aside from his music, Kenny also ventured into other projects and livelihood, which included a pet photography business, officiating weddings in the Austin area, establishing an acting school, a specialized pet loss and aftercare company, and mobile photography developed especially for actors who are looking for instant headshots for their auditions.
Interestingly, the dynamic artist and entrepreneur is currently in the process of finishing 4 book projects. One of these books is being eyed for a possible screenwriting project for his next commitment—a Roku television station called New Phoenix TV that is known to showcase talents who are over 30 years old. One of his books is attracting so much interaction after its title was revealed: Discrediting God. The book is designed to encourage healthy and helpful discussions, which is something that Kenny feels is essential today.
At this point in his life, Kenny is still determined to release two more successful albums. He also aspires to one day gain a Grammy nomination for his music. Additionally, he is not closing the doors for the possibility of appearing in bigger films in a supporting role and eventually transition to being a producer. He believes that he has so much to impart to the next generation of filmmakers.