KENI STEVENS is a UK based soul singer best known for his 80s ballad album, ‘Blue Moods’ that sold over 150,000 copies in the UK alone.
Keni had come to the UK as the son of a serving US serviceman but stayed on to work in the music biz. He was a member of Raw Energy before working for various labels as an A&R man. As an artist in his own right he released several singles before recording his ‘Blue Moods’ long player in 1987 for Jam Today Records. The set sold over a million throughout the world but after a couple more collections Keni sort of retired from the biz.
The good news is that Mr S is back and on March 29th (his birthday) he’s releasing a brand new album… ‘Out Of The Blue’. Released on Soul Chilli Records, the track that’s getting all the pre-release attention from the knowing radio and club jocks is the quite lovely ‘One Way Ticket To Love’. This year so far we’ve already enjoyed some excellent new soul sides and ‘One Way Ticket To Love’ is all set to join that “2017 Hall Of Fame”.
A duet with daughter, Jess Stevens, the track reminds me a lot of Drizabone’s ‘Real Love’, though in no way is it a copy. It just has that wonderful optimistic, up-beat, “put-a-smile-on-your-face” feeling. It’s a great prelude to the full album.