Born in St. Louis, Ken Ford lived in Detroit, Michigan before his parents moved with their only child to make their permanent home in Atlanta, Georgia. With his father as a DJ, Ford grew up surrounded by the sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B from Earth, Wind & Fire to Al Green and more. After trying numerous instruments, at the age of nine Ford settled on the violin. In his Atlanta school years, he trained classically on the violin, with training from various members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and became a founding member of the DeKalb Youth Pops Orchestra. With his talents and passion for violin, Ford also joined the African American Philharmonic Orchestra (AAPO), working his way up to the esteemed position of Concert Master. While playing with the AAPO, he also performed for the Barry White. Growing up hearing different genres, Ford also followed his father’s footsteps for a time as a DJ, and counts Stevie Wonder and pioneering violinists Noel Pointer and Jean-Luc Ponty among his musical influences. At his mother’s urging to pursue education with a backup career path, Ford also completed a degree in Computer Information Systems.
Indulging his passion for violin at night in Atlanta’s sizzling music scene while living a dual life working as an IT programmer during the day, Ford’s talents attracted more and more attention from fans and peers, putting his career as a musician on the fast-track. He became a fixture on Atlanta’s diverse music scene and his renown grew from the sounds of jazz, hip-hop and R&B he was playing on the electric violin, enthralling audiences wherever he went. With his passion for the violin and increasing success as an artist, he decided to make the leap full-time to music after finding himself unemployed in the mid 90s.
Following the leap into music and pursuing electric violin full speed ahead, Ford has also taken the sound of strings to another level from edgy and funky to contemporary, on stage and into the recording studio with a range of superstar artists including Bruno Mars, Chaka Khan, Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Wyclef Jean, Maxwell, Cee Lo Green and more.
Ford has released a trio of albums, with his following multiplying on each successive album: Burnt Toast (2001), Chevelle Lane (2003), and his third, the 2009 release Right Now. His fourth album State of Mind, was most recently released on August 16, 2011 on the new Twelve Music Group label.