Kenny Burns (radio host)
Kenny Burns enrolled at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA a year after graduating high school. When he arrived in Atlanta, he took the city by storm launching his own promotions company, 2620 Music. 2620 Music was known for introducing some of the biggest acts in hip-hop history to the Atlanta market in the mid 90’s. This included such superstars as the late Notorious B.I.G. and the living hip hop legend, Jay-Z.
Kenny Burns’ notoriety for “making things happen” enabled his career in music to skyrocket. He started with the promotions of R&B singer Monica’s debut album, “Miss Thang,” Jay-Zʼs highly acclaimed “Reasonable Doubt” and then stepped out on his own, orchestrating the double platinum selling girl group Dream. His work with Dream was instrumental in helping them have the highest debut for girl groups, coming in at #2 on the billboard charts, second to only the Spice Girls. It was clear that Kenny had the formula for success, as he grew to be amongst executives. He served as Vice President at Mariah Careyʼs Monarch Music and Roc-A-Fella Records, respectively. Kenny’s experiences in the music industry took him all over the world and allowed him to further develop his innate ability to identify the best in Pop Culture and solidify his “Lifestyle Specialist” brand. His genuine approach and knowledge of trends, people and places made him the go-to person for other tastemakers and celebrities alike.
By 2002, Kenny Burns had evolved into an international style maven and distinguished young man within the entertainment industry. Inspired and motivated to materialize ideas into reality, he delved into the world of fashion with partners Ryan Glover and Derek Dudley to launch the high-end menswear line “Ryan Kenny.” Ryan Kenny was the second Black American designed and owned apparel line sold in Saks Fifth Avenue, since Willie Wear. This creative endeavor influenced to change the way young men dressed and shopped and notably so as the Ryan Kenny fashion line was timely aligned with and seen in Jay Z’s video for “Change Clothes.” Many other brands took notice of Kenny Burns’ influence and enlisted him to reach the masses and demonstrate his seamless method to brand awareness. His expertise led him to work with AXE, Heineken (developed and successfully executed the Heineken Red Star Soul Tour), and Belvedere/MH USA. The pinnacle of Kenny’s success at Belvedere/ MH USA materialized into the Belvedere sponsored celebration of his 35th birthday at the infamous Versace Mansion in Miami, FL. This was truly a night to remember. The experience of working with national brands was educational, insightful and added more expertise and layers Kenny Burns’ career. What was next?
True to his form, Kenny Burns sought his next chapter. Seeking to connect to the masses, Kenny was called to the microphone. Breaking into the Radio industry is not something that you just walk into. Over the years radio has taken many forms, from traditional to satellite. The evolution of radio enabled the launch of Beehive Internet radio, when several long time associates came together in synergism. The Kenny Burns Show (TKBS) was then born, that featured a diverse music line up from Top 40, R&B, Hip Hop to Alternative along with provocative talking segments that kept listeners on their toes. The Kenny Burns Show was live on the airways and conducted interviews with celebrities ranging from Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes to Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris.
The success of this Beehive Internet radio opportunity allowed Kenny to secure a weekend radio slot on the #1 Urban radio station in the country, Atlanta’s V-103. With his unique ability to connect with people personally and his talents as a host, after just two years at the station, Kenny had turned TKBS into the highest rated weekend radio show in Atlanta. The venture into radio and back on the microphone led Kenny back to his Night Life club roots, and he began hosting for the largest club- promoting machine in the South East AG Entertainment/The Gidewon Group. This move was definitely full circle for Kenny. Ironically, what is now the largest club-promoting machine in the South East was founded in the 90s and it’s blue print based on Kenny’s 2620 Music era. Reconnecting back into the night scene also planted the seeds of reflecting on his past.
This period of reflecting led to the creation of his documentary, B.U.R.N.S (Be Ultimately Realistic and Never Sellout). This short film revealed Kenny’s personal peaks and valleys of career and life experiences. Kenny had the honor of premiering B.U.R.N.S. at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in Miami, June 25, 2010.
During his time at V-103 the opportunity to influence the masses resurfaced. From 2009–2013, Kenny Burns’ organic approach to brand awareness was utilized by #1 selling premium vodka, Grey Goose. At Grey Goose, his role ranged from National Brand Ambassador, talent procurement and event execution to launching and starring in the National Campaign featuring DJ A-Trak, Neon Hitch and others. for Cherry Noir, the latest Grey Goose flavor.
On October 29, 2013 Kenny released his first book entitled “The Dream Is Real,” his most thoughtful project to date. The book goes beyond the B.U.R.N.S documentary and details his life story of how success is defined solely by you and your body of work. Rightfully dubbed “The Lifestyle Specialist” Kenny Burns is the modern day, Pop Culture Robin Leach.
Studio43.com, the brainchild of Lifestyle Specialist, Kenny Burns, is a melting pot for the most creative pop-culture content the Internet has to offer. Covering the latest in new and emerging global trends at the forefront of the pop culture fabric, Studio 43 is committed to bringing the “culture” back to pop culture and to satisfying the insatiable“first to know” appetite of its readership.
As Vice President of Marketing, Kenny Burns is charged with shaping the REVOLT brand into a music powerhouse for young adults. Burns' successful career as a marketer and promoter in the music industry afforded him the opportunity to travel the world and solidify his reputation as a true "Lifestyle Specialist." While attending Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Kenny Burns launched his own promotions company in the mid-90s called 2620 Entertainment, introducing some of hip-hop's biggest acts to the Atlanta market, including Jay-Z and The Notorious B.I.G. He eventually climbed the corporate ladder to serve as Vice President at Mariah Carey's Monarch Music, VP of Roc-A-Fella Records and signed Dream, the second highest debut for a girl group behind the Spice Girls, to Bad Boy Records. During his career, Burns has also conquered the fashion world by becoming the second black designer to grace the racks at Saks Fifth Avenue with Ryan Kenny, became a wildly- popular Atlanta-area radio host and his passion for night life lead him to become National Brand Ambassador for Grey Goose Vodka. From signing acts like Akon and Wale to connecting Corporate America to Pop Culture, Mr. Burns' curatorial lens helps build the brand of REVOLT to live at the intersection of music and culture.
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