Columbia/Legacy's 2001 release The Essential Kenny Loggins lives up to its billing, and not just because it has all of Loggins' solo hits. No, this collection earns its title because it contains no less than seven Kenny-fronted Loggins & Messina tracks, along with all his big solo hits, plus a sharp selection of album tracks and latter-day material, for a grand total of 35 tracks over two CDs.
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Kenny Loggins has enjoyed more than three decades of success in the music business, as a songwriter and performer, mostly in a soft rock vein. He was born Kenneth Clarke Loggins in Everett, WA in early 1948, and the family later moved to Detroit, and finally to Alhambra, CA when he was in his teens. He initially turned to music as a way of compensating for his extreme shyness, and found that he was, indeed, a talented guitarist and had a voice.
Celebrate Me Home is the debut solo album from Kenny Loggins, released in 1977. The album, Loggins' first since splitting from Loggins and Messina, represents a slight move away from the folk-rock leanings of his previous recordings towards a more polished, soft rock sound. Despite featuring production by famed Billy Joel collaborator Phil Ramone and jazz keyboardist Bob James, Celebrate Me Home (eventually certified platinum by the RIAA) failed to make a significant impact on the Billboard album charts, peaking at number 27. Loggins would experience greater commercial and chart success with his next album release, Nightwatch.
Leap of Faith is the seventh solo album from singer Kenny Loggins. Released in 1991, it was the first album Loggins released after a divorce, and is notably longer than his previous solo albums. Singles from the album included "The Real Thing," "If You Believe," "Now or Never," and "Conviction of the Heart," the latter of which was later dubbed "the unofficial anthem of the environmental movement" by Vice President Al Gore. "I Would Do Anything" features Sheryl Crow who can also be heard in the title song along with Smokey Robinson.
Nightwatch is the second solo album from Kenny Loggins, released in 1978 (see 1978 in music). The album is Loggins' highest charting album on the Billboard 200 to date, reaching number 7.It features the hit single "Whenever I Call You Friend" featuring Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks (co-written with Melissa Manchester), which peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the first recorded version of the Doobie Brothers classic "What a Fool Believes," which Loggins co-wrote with the Doobies' Michael McDonald.Most of the artists on this album represent Loggins' original band from 1977 to 1980.
This is a unique musical performance series, driven by famous recording artists who write their own songs, blended with professional song poets who write for other artists. "Legends & Lyrics" is currently airing on PBS on a weekly basis. Installments include artist performances, "Out Of The Box" interviews, "Did You Know?" historical facts addressing the origins of today's commercial music, "Rising Stars" featuring undiscovered talent, and "Tips Of The Week" for aspiring song poets. Shot in an intimate classical performance hall in HD and Surround Sound, the series honors the true creators of the most popular genres of commercial music. "Volume 2" showcases Kenny Loggins, Richard Marx, 3 Doors Down, and Nathen Lee.
Originally issued in 1979, 'Keep The Fire' finds Kenny Loggins's solo career in full swing. Kenny Loggins is widely known as one half of the duo Loggins & Messina. When he went solo in 1977, he issued a host of top selling albums. Album reached #16 on the Billboard charts & went platinum in 1979. 'Keep The Fire' - this a perfect blend of smooth ballads and rocking tracks that will inspire you to greatness.
The only thing wrong with this record is that it was too perfect – with their infectious blend of country, folk, rock and Caribbean music, L&M started out at the top of their game, and although they were able to match some of the material and performances on later records, the team never got any better than this.( William Ruhlmann - AllMusic Guide )