Kenneth Cope’s new album, All About You, has only been on the shelves for two weeks and it’s already on the Top-10 Album List! It’s a great CD and we hope you’re loving it as much as we are. If you haven’t picked it up, you’ve got to! You can buy it at DeseretBook.com or at LDS Bookstores worldwide.
And don’t forget about the Album Release Concert on April 3. That’s only 3 weeks away! Join us for a night of great music and good, clean fun. The concert will showcase some of the favorite songs you know and love, plus the debut of Kenneth’s brand-new album. Click here to purchase your tickets now! See you there.
1. Where did the inspiration for All About You come from?
For me, All About You is a collection of thoughts and feelings I’ve had over the last few years. The truth is, I don’t consider myself a great songwriter. I do see myself as a song receiver, but the songs usually come slowly and over the course of much meditation. And as the songs take form, I have a gift to feel what’s not quite right, both in lyric and melody. If I can stay true to those feelings, and continue focusing on fixing what’s not right, then eventually the song turns up finished and feels complete.
More than 20 years ago, I began my musical career focusing my songwriting on the youth and young adults of the Church. I wanted to communicate to them in their own musical language, a language with which I was then very familiar. I used my music to speak and perform all over the Church, hoping to connect with those younger ears and be an added source of strength—if even a little bit—for any of them with whom I could make contact. This project is a more focused return to that earlier mission. It’s filled with energy and praise. It’s intended to not only inspire reverent reflection with its more peaceful ballads, but also, with its up-temp songs, bring an added measure of joy and energy to our weekly lives that so often seem void of religious significance.
Most of the people who know some of my music will be surprised by the contemporary energy of this album. Most are used to the more slow-paced inspirational music I’ve done. This will actually be my fourth more contemporary album of the eleven I’ve created.
Each of these songs has great significance to me. As a whole they reflect a chapter of thought in my life…a passage of time when my heart has been more focused on the generous grace and loving kindness of a most patient, Heavenly Father and a persistently shepherding Savior. These songs are filled with praise, joy, and hope. My prayer is that the listener will sense the honesty of that praising and find an extra measure of joy and hope for themselves.
I believe the human soul intuitively recognizes what helps it, what lifts it, what blesses it. I hope that those who believe in God and Christ, and who enjoy higher energy music will taste a deliciousness in this music and feel the songs lifting them upward.
Like I mentioned earlier, these songs reflect how I truly feel. They are like a scrapbook of the reflections of my soul at the time of their creation.
My faith is at the core of my music. I have a passionate desire to make music that encourages faith and stimulates hope. The lyrics and meaning of the songs are my primary concern. Of course they must be placed in a musical context that feels appropriate. Regarding this balance, I have stayed true to that inner voice over the years and feel confident I am on the Lord’s side.
As it regards my music, my greatest moments of spiritual joy come when I see in some face a connection with the message, when God is talking to them and using the music as a tool to say what He wants them to know.
My greatest achievement is to be used by God in some way to bring about some good in the world.
My family and friends are the best things in my life right now. There’s a real consistency and joy there that I can continue to count on.
Where ever God will take it. I’ve tried to be open and leave it up to Him. I can see how He’s orchestrated so much of my musical journey thus far. I am trying to trust and follow.
I have been influenced by so many great writers, musicians, and performers over the years, from all different genres of music and poetry. I continue to gravitate to anything praiseworthy that’s done well. I try to see what makes me love it and then learn from it.
I absolutely love soul-stirring musical soundtracks to movies. I also love powerful Christian music. I’m also very moved by some brilliant musical theater. I love music that communicates with its listener. I enjoy music of almost all kinds.
I’ve never had the luxury of being able to create the words and music for a project in a beautiful setting of nature…to stay on the Oregon Coast, or some other breathtaking location and write with the creations of God all around me, filling my senses of sight, sound, and smell. I would love to create in that atmosphere. From time to time, a song has been started, or finished in some similar place, but for the most part, my music has been created in a basement office without so much as a window showing me the outside world. Thankfully, God can inspire His work in such a place as a basement.Also, I would love to go to the Holy Land and write there. I’ve been there once, which was an opportunity most people don’t get, but I would love to walk the hillsides and old roads and shorelines of the area of the world where Jesus lived out His amazing life. For me, that would be an amazing setting in which to create. Last of all, I would love to someday form the words and sentences and write a book of the many things I believe that God has taught me over the years about who we are and our purpose here on earth.
I would love to be able to put myself more in Christ’s hands and have complete trust in the outcome.
I am most passionate about a personal loving Father in the heavens and His amazing Son, Jesus, my Redeemer. Seeking to know and be near them has been my life’s most constant meditation. I am also most passionate about my earthly family—my wife, Kathy, and our three beloved daughters. Personally, no earthly honor, attainment or diversion has ever been able to eclipse the joy I continue to feel in the company of my family. And thirdly, I am most passionate about my friends, a few of which have persistently been there for me through the greatest difficulties of my life.
Some of my personal favorite creature comforts are ice cream and baked goods. I love Italian food. I’m a dairy freak…cheese, yogurt, milk, more ice cream. I love so many colors, but my favorite is blue in all its many shades and nuances. I love Hawaii. Having lived there as a child and having gone back to visit more than a score of times since has made Hawaii a home away from home for me. I love the ocean. I love the sound it makes. (There’s a continuous symbolic cleansing taking place.) I have a hope to live next to it someday. I love to be in nature.
Actually over the course of the last year, I discovered a new hobby. I love to photograph nature. I love to see God in the massive spontaneous cloud formations, as well as in the miniature details of a leaf, or wildflower, or butterfly. I also love to read a great book. And I love other people’s thoughts that stir reflection in me.
We are here to be enlarged…to have our hearts grow in love and compassion and mercy for each other. We are here to be enlarged in faith…to trust God implicitly, no matter our circumstances. We are here to learn humility.
It will be in the book…