Kenny G.

Saxophonist Kenny G's warm, melodic fusion of pop instrumental and smooth jazz sold over 75 million records over the course of a two-decade career, making him the most successful instrumental performer in modern ... Read more »
Born: 06/05/1956 in Seattle, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (44)

Wheedle's Groove 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dirty Sexy Money 2008 (Tv Show)

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American Idol 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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ABC's Christmas in Aspen 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 2nd Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Christmas in Rockefeller Center 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Scott Hamilton: Back on the Ice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 1997 Billboard Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 1997 World Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 1995 Billboard Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Christmas at Home With the Stars 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Christmas in Washington 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The 1994 World Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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VH1 Honors 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Andy Griffith Show Reunion 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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This Is Michael Bolton 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Grammy Living Legends 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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That's What Friends Are For 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 1990 Goodwill Games 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Newport Jazz '87 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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A Home for the Holidays (TV Show)

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Music (17)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

Cars 2006 (Movie)

("Songbird") (Song Performer)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

("Songbird") (Song)

Robots 2005 (Movie)

("Songbird") (Song Performer)

Robots 2005 (Movie)

("Songbird") (Song)

Christmas at Home With the Stars 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Bodyguard 1992 (Movie)

("Waiting For You" "Even If My Heart Would Break") (Song Performer)

The Bodyguard 1992 (Movie)

song producer("Waiting For You") (Song)

Dying Young 1991 (Movie)

("Love Theme From Dying Young") (Song Performer)

Dying Young 1991 (Movie)

song producer (Song)

Traffic Jam 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Pretty Woman 1990 (Movie)

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Pretty Woman 1990 (Movie)

("Songbird") (Performer)

You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Skin Deep 1989 (Movie)

("Songbird") (Song Performer)

Skin Deep 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

Wall Street 1987 (Movie)

("Midnight Motion") (Song)

Biography

Saxophonist Kenny G's warm, melodic fusion of pop instrumental and smooth jazz sold over 75 million records over the course of a two-decade career, making him the most successful instrumental performer in modern history. After near a decade as a sideman for Barry White and Jeff Lorber, among others, he became a platinum-selling artist with a string of solo albums for Arista that established him as a contender in several markets, including smooth jazz, R&B and contemporary pop. Kenny G's defining moment came with 1987's Duotones and its lead single, "Songbird," which sold over 12 million copies, with subsequent releases like Breathless (1992) and The Moment following suit. But his reign over the smooth jazz genre was tempered by strong, often fierce criticism that painted his music as weak easy listening material and undeserving of the jazz label. The brickbats continued unabated into the new millennium, which found Kenny G the 25th best-selling artist in America. Variations on his basic sound, like touches of Latin with Rhythm and Romance (2008) and R&B on Heart & Soul (2010) failed to break his grip on the jazz market, and his notoriety even translated into semi-humorous collaborations with Weezer and Katy Perry, among other pop performers. Though loved and hated with equal fervor by a legion of music fans, Kenny G's incredible sales figures and enduring popularity did much to dismiss critical perception of his work and underscore his ability to reach a mass market through the jazz idiom.

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