A native of Southern California, Kevin grew up surfing in the morning and playing drums all night. Getting his start in Hollywood, Kevin won roles in T.V. shows such as “Unhappily Ever After” and “Clueless”, all the while playing drums in several bands at the Whiskey and other popular music venues.
But it wasn’t until Kevin discovered his love of singing that things really started to take off.
After joining a singing class to impress a girl, Kevin began intense vocal training and study, leading to his first roles in musical theater. Although he never did get that girl, Kevin did attain quick success in the industry, joining the Broadway cast of the long running hit musical “Les Miserables”. As one the youngest Marius’s Kevin learned quickly what performing professionally was like.
Soon, Kevin was called upon to join several shows in NYC and LA, originating roles in “Was” at Lincoln Center and “Paradise Lost” at the Boston Court. Also here in Los Angeles, Kevin joined the critically acclaimed Rubicon Theater production of “Song’s For a New World”, which garnered several Ovation Awards.
From Carnegie Hall to The Hollywood Bowl and everywhere in between, Kevin has been privileged to perform with some of the world’s best entertainers including Barbara Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Angela Lansbury, Russell Watson, Josh Groban and many more. Last year, Kevin joined the amazing Julie Andrews as one of five soloists in her long awaited return to the concert stage in The Gift of Music, a concert that Kevin continues with next year at the O2 Arena in London before moving on to several other European stops.
Most recently, Kevin received rave reviews in the Carnegie Hall performance of Kristina, a new musical written by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulveus of ABBA, to be released by DECCA records early 2010, in conjunction with a performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall in which Kevin will be reprising his role.
Keep an eye out for the release of his debut CD “Unheard”, a collection of previously unreleased works by major composers such as Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, John Bucchino, Jason Robert Brown, and more. Love and thanks to family, friends and his Heavenly Father. www.KevinOdekirk.com.