An American icon, there are few artists of Kennys stature. His phenomenal success as a global entertainer is unique. In the span of nearly three decades, Rogers has recorded more than 58 albums which have sold over 100 million records worldwide. In March,1999, the Recording Industry Association of America awarded Kenny the prestigious Diamond Award celebrating sales of more than 10 million albums for his Greatest Hits album.
As one of country musics biggest crossover successes, Kennys numerous accolades include four Grammy Awards, 11 Peoples Choice Awards, 18 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and five Country Music Association Awards. In addition, he was named Favorite Singer of All Time in a PM Magazine/USA Today poll in 1986, and in 1989 readers of PEOPLE MAGAZINE voted Kenny “Favorite Male Vocalist.” Perhaps his most cherished award is also his most personal. In 1990, Kenny was honored with the Horatio Alger Award, given to those who have distinguished themselves despite humble beginnings. For both Kenny and his admirers, his success is all the more remarkable for his having been raised in a Houston public housing project with seven brothers and sisters.
Always rising to meet new artistic and personal challenges, Kenny recently embarked on yet another exciting endeavor starring in the off-Broadway 1998 holiday theatrical production of, Christmas From The Heart. Based on an original story written by Kenny and Kelly Junkermann, the musical was presented by Hallmark Entertainment at the historic Beacon Theatre in New York City for a six-week holiday run.
The original music from the production, featuring 11 new songs co-written by Kenny, was released on Dreamcatcher Records, a division of the artists newly-formed Dreamcatcher Entertainment, Inc. The album was the follow-up holiday release to Kennys Number One gold album, The Gift, which was nominated for both a Dove Award and for Country Album of the Year by the Gospel Music Association in 1996.
In the meantime, Kenny continues to take his music on the road. His live concerts have always been a mainstay of his success and he continues to pack them in not only in the United States, but in Europe, New Zealand, Africa and the Far East. In April-May, 1998, he performed with Reba McEntire throughout Australia. Kenny embarked on a month-long extensive European concert tour commencing in April, 1999 visiting such territories as Poland, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Scotland and England.
Kenny spends a great deal of his time recording and performing, but he has also enjoyed a wonderfully fulfilling career as an actor, and is best known worldwide for his colorful portrayal as THE GAMBLERs Brady Hawkes. Kennys popular GAMBLER mega-hit recording spawned the longest running mini-series in the in the history of television in the United States. The five Gambler mini-series has attracted over 100 million viewers nationwide.