Joey Kennedy has been in show business as a dancer, singer, and actor since the age of five. As a child entertainer he danced on the “Washington Square” Ray Bolger Show, appeared on “Name that Tune”, an episode of “Route 66”, and did a spot on “Naked City”, all before the age of twelve.
As a young teenager he attended the Professional Children’s School on 60th Street and Columbus Avenue. He performed in the Broadway show “Oliver” as one of the little pickpockets. He also traveled with the show including a stop in California. While there Joey stayed in Buddy Ebsen’s sister’s house, and visited the set of a New TV show called, “Beverley Hillbillies”. He also met Fred Astaire that left a lasting impression of the class and sophistication that Astaire gave in his walk, talk, and appearance. Joey was also cast in “Sound of Music”.
It was The Beatles trip to America in 1964 when Joey turned to music and decided to form his own band with his friend, Dennis Kirby (Dennis’s father was Durward Kirby, Alan Funt’s sidekick on “Candid Camera”). With Joey singing lead & playing rhythm guitar and Dennis on lead guitar, they teamed up with a drummer and bass player and called themselves “The Live Wires”. They played high school dances, private functions. The Live Wires appeared as a guest on Steve Allen’s “I’ve Got A Secret” and also performed a couple of songs on the show.
Joey began studying singing with Fred Steele, who coached Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme and Eddie Fischer. He also studied with Marty Lawrence, who coached Barbara Streisand. Joey studied dance with Theresa Thames, the dancing coach from the original Fred Astaire Dance Studio on Park Avenue in New York City.
After graduating High School, he briefly enrolled in college although realizing that music and entertaining was his true passion, he left college and joined an 8-piece band touring the country working in nightclubs. From 1976-77 he was the lead singer in “The Spiral Staircase” of “I Love You More Today Than Yesterday” fame.
Around 1978, after touring on the road for ten years, Joey decided to settle down and make Fort Lauderdale his home. He has been playing local clubs ever since. His keyboard player/singer Johnny D, has been with him for 11 years, and the newest member Gina Turchiaro’s vocal style and energy brings a new dimension to the group known as The Joey Kennedy Band.
Joey continues to give 100% of himself every time he performs. With musical influences that include Tony Bennett, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Brian Wilson, Todd Rundgren, Luciano Pavarotti & Andrea Bocelli. Joey has worked to fine tune his vocal gift that you are sure to never forget.