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KIRK WHALUM

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Description: Saxophonist, USA

Known For: Working with artists like Whitney Houston, Willie Norwood, Babyface, Nancy Wilson

Instruments: Saxophone

Music Styles: Smooth jazz, Pop, R&B, Gospel

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 11th July 1958
Location Born: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE
Kirk Whalum

An American smooth jazz saxophonist and songwriter.

Kirk Whalum (born July 11, 1958) is an American smooth jazz saxophonist and songwriter. He toured with Whitney Houston for more than seven years and soloed in her single “I Will Always Love You”, the best-selling single by a female artist in music history.

Whalum has recorded a series of well received solo albums and film soundtracks, with music ranging from pop to R&B to smooth jazz. Kirk’s musical accomplishments have brought him a total of 12 Grammy nominations. He won his first Grammy award in 2011 for Best Gospel Song (“It’s What I Do”, featuring Lalah Hathaway) alongside lifelong friend and gifted writer, Jerry Peters.

He toured as Whitney Houston’s opening act for several years. Whalum has also recorded a series of well received solo albums and film soundtracks, with music ranging from pop to R&B to smooth jazz. Kirk’s musical accomplishments have brought him a total of seven Grammy nominations.

In addition to singing in his father’s church choir, Whalum also learned to love music from his grandmother, Thelma Twigg Whalum, a piano teacher, and two uncles, Wendell Whalum and Hugh “Peanuts” Whalum, who performed with jazz bands around the country.

The ’90s also brought Whalum an amazingly diverse series of session and touring jobs, working with artists like Whitney Houston, Willie Norwood, Babyface, Nancy Wilson, Yolanda Adams, Take 6, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Barbra Streisand, Edwin Hawkins, Quincy Jones, Kevin Mahogany, Al Green, and Luther Vandross. He also has worked on a number of film scores, including those for The Prince of Tides, Boyz in the Hood, The Bodyguard, Grand Canyon, and Cousins (film).

Part discography includes:

Floppy Disk (1985)
And You Know That (1988)
The Promise (1989)
Cache (1993)
In This Life (1995)
Joined at the Hip w/ Bob James (1996)
Colors (1997)
Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter 1 (1998)
For You (1998)
Unconditional (2000)
Hymns In The Garden (2000)
The Christmas Message (2001)
The Best of Kirk Whalum (2002)
Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter 2 (2002)
Into My Soul (2003)
Kirk Whalum Performs the Babyface Songbook (2005)
Ultimate Kirk Whalum (2007)
Roundtrip (2007)
The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter III (2008)

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