Kenny Alphin moved to Nashville from Virginia in 1994, at the age of 29, to pursue a career as a songwriter/performer and to try his luck as a entertainer. He had been encouraged by some modest success when performing with a few local bands in Virginia. He left the construction company he had built since graduating from high school, ‘’“packed his bag & tool belt, locked the door to his house, and never looked back.”’’
Within a year Kenny landed his first publishing contract in 1995 as a songwriter at Famous Music . Kenny performed regularly in and around Nashville with his-then band, “Big Kenny”. In 1999, five years after working as a songwriter and performer, Kenny’s musical success led to a recording contract with Hollywood Records which resulted in his debut album Live a Little’‘ the following year.
He experienced brief commercial success with the release of two singles from the album, “Candy Colored Glasses” and “Under the Sun.” The video from the latter was featured on VH-1, and the single was included in the soundtrack for the film “Gun Shy” (1999), starring Sandra Bullock and Liam Neeson. Unfortunately, Hollywood Records did not release the entire album“Live a Little’ , and subsequently dropped Big Kenny from the label. The record never made it to stores. Alphin got out of the deal, yet, lost his rights to the “Big Kenny” Songs for 5 years.