Brantford born Kennie Marco has played in some of the hottest rhythm sections in rhythm and blues and popular music in North America, performing and recording with such notable talents as David Clayton Thomas and Blood Sweat and Tears, and Etta James. Living between Toronto and Los Angeles, he enjoyed the musical highlights of performing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and on two Henry Mancini specials, as well as Don Kirschner’s Midnight Special and The Dick Cavett Show. In 1972 he performed at the Rio De Janeiro 6th International Song Festival while living in L.A. & representing the U.S.A. & taking home 1st place honours.
Kennie Marco is an original member of Motherlode – a Canadian group who enjoyed an international hit single with When I Die, which sold over half a million copies in Canada and the U.S. The song can still be heard on Classic Rock radio stations across North America. Motherlode songs have been used in television and movies, including the CBC Television series “TRUDEAU”. Kennie is also an original member of Dr.Music, a top Canadian group.
Respected both by professional musicians and by audiences, Kennie has been an active participant in the music community of Saskatoon since 1984. He has performed at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival every year. He was hired as Musical Director for Big Sky Country, Global Network for Ray St. Germaine, and performed with Motherlode on Toronto’s Easter Seal Telethon, and has sold an original composition to Oakland/San Francisco Ca. rap artist, Too Short.
In 1993 Kennie was a member of the group John James and the Mothers of Hope, which was based in Toronto and toured across Canada. They were the headline act of the Much Music Canadian Music Video Awards in 1993 as well as the New Year’s Celebration for the City of Toronto, and appeared on the Ralph Benmurgi Show on CBC, Univ.of British Columbia & Ottawa’s Parliament Hill.
Heart of Gold – 30 Years of Canadian Pop Music, a 1993 CBC book publication by Martin Mellish acknowledges Kennie’s contribution as do several other books talking about the Canadian music scene. Much of the music he’s been involved with may also be heard on a number of compilation albums.
Kennie Marco performs Sunday, September 18, 2016 on the Bell Main Stage in Harmony Square