KIRK WHALUM

Saxophone

Soulful, passionate, stirring…these are the words most often used to describe Kirk’s music. Forged from his Memphis, TN gospel roots, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. The 80’s were highlighted by Kirk’s stepping out of his blossoming sideman role and forming his own band. It was in Houston where jazz pianist Bob James “discovered” him and brought him on tour, which led to five successful albums, including “Cache”, Kirk’s first #1 album. As well, Kirk and Bob received a Grammy nomination for their collaboration album “Joined at the Hip”. After moving to L.A., Kirk became an in demand session player for top artists like Barbra Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Quincy Jones and, most notably, Whitney Houston. It’s his sax heard on the mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.”
Amongst other awards, Kirk has won two Stellar Awards – Gospel music’s highest honor. An eleven time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy award for Best Gospel Song (“It’s What I Do”) in 2011. On his latest release “Romance Language” Kirk pays homage to the much revered 1963 ballads album of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.

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