Renowned vocalist and younger brother of GRAMMY-winning jazz saxman and Levitt veteran Kirk Whalum (Levitt Shell Memphis 2008, 2013), Kevin Whalum’s joyful jazz and R&B tunes are sure delight audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Whalum grew up in Memphis, Tenn., the son of Rev. Kenneth T. Whalum, the pastor of Olivet Baptist Church. The resounding melodies of the church formed the foundation for young Whalum’s love of music. After graduating from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a degree in English, Whalum made the move to Chicago to pursue a career as a musician. Working as a pharmaceutical sales representative by day, he formed a jazz-funk group called Kevin Whalum & Fast forward and quickly became a favorite fixture in the windy city’s live music scene. After six years of rising through Chicago’s musical ranks, Whalum married his wife Camille in 1996 and moved to Nashville, Tenn., and appeared as a guest vocalist on his brother Kirk’s groundbreaking 1997 album The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter 1. Only a few years later, Whalum made the plunge and became a full-time musician, releasing his soul, gospel, and jazz infused debut Timetable in 2002 to critical acclaim.
In addition to appearances on eleven of Kirk’s albums, including The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter 3—which was recorded with five-time GRAMMY-winning vocalist Lalah Hathaway—Whalum has released two more solo albums since Timetable, 2008’s One Life to Love (produced by legendary jazz keyboardist and producer George Duke) and 2016’s self-produced I live for You. As described by online outlet Soultracks, “Whether covering soul, jazz, scat or gospel, Whalum's smooth, sweet voice (think of Will Downing as a tenor) makes him one of the most exciting new artists I've heard in quite awhile.”