John Kenniebrew was born on December 12th, 1990, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He discovered his love for music when he began piano lessons at a young age. Growing up, he also discovered his love of poetry, singing, literature and self-guided study. John received his High school diploma from Cleveland Heights High school in 2009 and is currently a Jazz Studies Major, perusing his Bachelors of Music at Howard University in Washington DC.
In college, John has performed with the Howard University Choir and Howard’s premier vocal Jazz ensemble Afro Blue and has been privileged with performing side by side some today’s most influential musicians such as Bobby McFerrin and Geri Allen. John has also participated in prestigious events at the Kennedy center such as; the Jazz on the Elevens: A Tribute to Billy Taylor, Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Honoring the Promise, and The Manhattan Transfer with Jon Hendricks. Earlier this year, John performed during the African American National groundbreaking ceremony.
While performing professionally with Afro Blue’s “spin-off” group; Traces of Blue (featured as Afro-Blue on NBC’s “The Sing Off”), he has been afforded the amazing opportunity of performing with legend Smokey Robinson. John’s continued interest and passion for the music spans a plethora of genres including Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Contemporary Christian, classical, alternative, country and R&B. John is a devout Christian who seeks to live his life as Christ would. This has been the driving force behind his aspirations in music, academics humanitarianism and community service. As John continues his studies and his professional performing career with Traces of Blue, he strives to live by this motto: “Today, I shall behave as though this day is the one by which I shall be remembered.”