Performer Bios

Keb' Mo'

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Keb' Mo's music is a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America--informing all of its musical roots - before evolving into a universally celebrated art form. Born Kevin Moore in South Los Angeles to parents originally from the deep South, he adopted his better known stage name when he was a young player who became inspired by the force of this essential African-American legacy. In the storied tradition of bluesmen before him including Muddy Waters - formerly McKinley Morganfield - and Taj Mahal, who began his days as Henry St. Clair Fredericks, Moore became known as Keb' Mo'. His acclaimed self-titled 1994 debut album introduced that now famous appellation to the world, and his latest album, 2006's Suitcase, brings it to new heights.

Mo's music is also a purely post-modern expression of the artistic and cultural journey that has transformed the blues, and his own point of view, over time. His distinctive sound embraces multiple eras and genres, including pop, rock folk and jazz, in which he is well-versed. In total, it owes as much to contemporary music's singer-songwriter movement, encompassing his longtime friends and collaborators Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, as to the spirit of blues godfather Robert Johnson that dwells in his work. For Keb' Mo', the common bond between these influences is the underlying storytelling ethic, the power of song to convey human experience and emotional weight.

Awards

GRAMMY AWARD Contemporary Blues Album "Just Like You" 1997
GRAMMY AWARD Contemporary Blues Album "Slow Down" 1999
GRAMMY AWARD Contemporary Blues Album "Keep It Simple" 2005
GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATION Contemporary Blues Album of the Year "Suitcase" 2007
GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATION Contemporary Blues Album of the Year "Big Wide Grin" 2002
GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATION Contemporary Blues Album of the Year "The Door" 2001
GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATION Country Song of the Year "I Hope" 2006
GOLD RECORD certified by RIAA for "Keb' Mo'" 2005
2002 ORVILLE GIBSON AWARDS- Best Blues Guitarist
2008 ELEVATE FILM FESTIVAL- Best Music Artist
2008 ELEVATE FILM FESTIVAL- Best Music Video
HOLLYWOOD ROCK WALK INDUCTION - June 16, 2007

WC HANDY Blues Awards:
1999 Song of the Year - Soon As I Get Paid
1994 Country/Acoustic Blues Album of the Year - Keb' Mo' album
1999 & 2000 Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year
1997-2002 Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year



Source: http://www.kebmo.com/site/about/bio