Ethan Kent - "My Hope Is In Glory" | Music 2014 | SXSW

March 3, 2014
Dallas, TX—Ethan Kent is a new voice in gospel music. He's a singer, songwriter, producer, and worship leader from Dallas, TX who has accumulated fifteen years in music ministry and has developed a style and skill that is invigorating and eclectic. Ethan's inventively multifarious style to his artistry has captured the attention of the Christian music industry and music fans. "It's all about committing to being a student first," Ethan explains. "The eclectic and edgy style is reflective of the types of music I listen to and study. If you were to scroll through my iTunes library you would find just about every genre of music that there is: Jazz, Gospel, Soul, R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, Rock, Classical, and even some Country. I make a deliberate effort to learn something from each genre and implement it in my own musical approach." "I am very much influenced by other singer/songwriters who are also producers: Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Andre Crouch, Kirk Franklin," he shares. "I spend time studying their works, and exploring their song stories. Most people listen to a good song, and just hear a cool beat and great melody, but I like to know how the song came about, how it was recorded, and how it was engineered. The greatness is in those little details." Ethan's debut project WORK IN PROGRESS releases soon on his own Tonic Blueprint label via Central South Distribution. This much anticipated project moves in a different vein musically, merging gospel, R&B, rock, and pop with refreshing themes and conversational lyrics that will inspire people of all ages. His Top 30 Billboard Gospel Radio single, \"My Hope Is In Glory\", is an inspirational anthem set to a steppers groove that is setting the tone of a new wave emerging in gospel and motivating listeners to live life with eternity in mind. His edgy urban and pop influences can be heard on the title track "Work In Progress" while creatively orchestrated horns and piano work are intertwined throughout the entire project. A lyric in one of Ethan's songs says, "a work is used to define, someone's stance their state of mind, a work can stand the test of time, and always be remembered". Work is symbolic of the art form of music, the effort it takes to live a life committed to God, and the boldness it takes reach and influence others in order to build the kingdom of God. In Progress is symbolic of being imperfect, but a having a willingness to grow and move forward in every area of life. "Through WORK IN PROGRESS, I want listeners to see me putting forth by best effort to walk out my salvation--living the gospel that I sing about," Ethan expresses. "When people look at my life and music I want them to be inspired to live, and grow into what God has called them to be." Ethan Kent-Accomplishments & Milestones • Graduated high school valedictorian • Graduated from Dallas Baptist University o B.A. in Christian Studies with music ministry emphasis o Minor in music business • Married Audrey Etté Kent, an attorney who works alongside with him in ministry • Serves faithfully as music director at Overcoming Faith Christian Center in Arlington, TX where he is very involved in teaching and building the next generation of musicians and singers. • In 2012, Awarded the Chris Simpson Award by KHVN, Dallas' one and only gospel stations (this award acknowledges new artists who have accomplished much within a short period of time • In 2013, Performed at the Stellar Radio Awards, Philly Radio One Conference, and the C.O.G.I.C AIM Conference as well as completing his first radio tour in major market cities: Baltimore, Philly, Trenton, Wellington, Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Nashville • In 2013, Awarded the New Artist of The Year by KHVN • His first radio single, debuted within Billboard's TOP 30 for four weeks in a row, peaking at number 25. • Wrote and produced every song on his up and coming release "Work In Progress"
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