Kevin Whalum is Levitt Amp star tonight

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - MUSIC - STAFF RE­PORT

Whether singing soul, jazz or gospel, Kevin Whalum does them all well in a strong tenor voice.

Like many s i ngers, Whalum got his start singing in the church — more specif­i­cally, the Memphis church his fa­ther pa­s­tored, Olivet Bap­tist Church. It was where his love of mu­sic was nur­tured, as the mu­si­cians and singers there were among the best the city had to of­fer.

“Our dad was al­ways fine with us lis­ten­ing to dif­fer­ent gen­res and styles of mu­sic,” Whalum said in an on­line bi­og­ra­phy. “At home, my brothers and I had every­thing from Edgar Win­ter to Can­non­ball Ad­der­ley, Sly & the Fam­ily Stone to Al Jar­reau.”

Whalum is in town to­day, Sept. 13, to per­form in the free Levitt Amp con­cert series pre­sented by Jaz­zanooga at 6 p.m. at the Bessie Smith Cul­tural Cen­ter.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from More­house Col­lege in At­lanta with a de­gree in English, Whalum made the move to Chicago to pur­sue a ca­reer as a mu­si­cian. He worked as a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive by day, moon­light­ing as a mu­si­cian at night. In less than six months, he had formed a jazz-funk group called Kevin Whalum & Fast For­ward.

Af­ter six years in the Windy City, he and wife Camille moved to Nashville. He ap­peared as a guest vo­cal­ist on brother Kirk’s 1997 al­bum “The Gospel Ac­cord­ing to Jazz: Chap­ter 1.” In all, he has recorded on six of his brother’s records.

In 2002, Whalum re­leased his de­but al­bum “Timetable.”

Whalum is known for sin- gles “Let Him Talk to You,” “Won­der­maze” and “There’s Noth­ing Bet­ter Than Love.”

His 2016 al­bum, “I Live for You,” pro­duced sin­gles “Some­body Some­where,” “Pretty Bird” and “Truly Un­con­di­tional.”

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