An exclusive evening of story and song, with Kenny telling the stories behind his celebrated music, and sharing deeply private moments, over an incredible career spanning more than 50 years. Professor of Rock Live will be an intimate, once in a lifetime experience, nestled in a stunning red rock backdrop on the threshold of Zion National Park. Since this is an intimate show, seating will be limited, so get your tickets now!
About Kenny Loggins
Kenny Loggins’ remarkable four-decade-plus career has brought him from the top of the charts to the toast of the Grammys. He’s had smash hits on Hollywood’s favorite soundtracks, rocked worldwide stages, and found his way into children’s hearts while bringing his soulful, beautiful voice to platinum albums of a stunning variety of genres. His gift for crafting deeply emotional music is unparalleled, and it’s been a part of his life as long as he can remember.
When Loggins was 7 years old, he watched his two older brothers struggle to write a song, “and I remember thinking, it just can’t be that hard,” he laughs. Around a year later, inspired by the film Yankee Doodle Dandy, he realized songwriting was his future. “It’s a moment that sticks with you,” he says, “I knew deep inside that this is something I could do.”
Once he started doing it, he never stopped.
I knew deep inside that this is something I could do.
Loggins, who was born in Everett, Washington, and moved to the Los Angeles area as a young child, began singing and playing guitar in high school, and scored a job as a songwriter for ABC/Wingate out of college for $100 a week after a brief, unlikely stint as a guitarist for psych-rock band the Electric Prunes. “I went in and sang a bunch of my songs I’d already written, and they signed me right there,” he recalls. One of the first tunes he offered up was the beloved “House at Pooh Corner,” which became one of several Loggins-penned hits the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded for 1970’s Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy. “I wrote it during finals as a senior in high school,” he says. “We were coming on graduation, and it reminded me of the last chapter of the book House at Pooh Corner, where Christopher Robin is about to head out and leave Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood behind. Ironically, I guess I never did.”
Though he’s got 12 platinum albums, a pair of Grammys, and hits on almost all the Billboard charts under his belt, Loggins is far from done. Having just released his latest children’s project, the book Footloose (Moondance Press, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA, October 17, 2016), inspired by his 1985 Oscar® nominated and Grammy® Award-winning “Song of the Year,” he’s still looking forward to what’s next. “I feel very lucky that this is the way I make my living, and not a lot of people can say that,” Loggins says. “I’ve been lucky that I love what I do and I get to keep doing it.”
About the Professor of Rock
Professor of Rock (POR) is the definitive visual history of popular music—a digital community where music fans can gain access to the visual commentary of the most beloved songs, as told by the artists themselves.
Created and hosted by Adam Reader, the “Professor of Rock” (as he was dubbed by the Beach Boys), the POR sessions are exclusive conversations with artists about life, love, serendipity, and the creative process, from their deeply personal perspectives.
I believe that music is the universal language. It is the thread that weaves every facet of our civilization together—the supreme instigator of sweeping social change.
POR launched in October 2017, presenting over 500 hours of original content, including 320+ full-length artist sessions and the stories of over 400 #1 songs (and counting). POR is a full-service production house, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. All of the featured content on the platform is filmed and produced by POR.
POR is committed to the posterity of the artists and their music. It’s all about the music!