Born in Hamilton, Harrison Kennedy grew up in a family that loved to sing, play and listen to blues music. Touring musicians often joined them at the dinner table and performed in the family home. Lonnie Johnson was a frequent visitor, and a young Harrison met Billie Holiday in his mother’s living room. After serving his apprenticeship on the local R&B scene, Harrison left town to attend college. While home on summer break he auditioned for Motown hitmakers Holland, Dozier, Holland. They were so impressed with Harrison’s vocal and song writing abilities they signed him up as a founding member of the Soul Super Group, The Chairmen of the Board. The group went on to score a series of million selling singles and toured the world throughout the 70’s. In 2011 Harrison finished first overall in the Solo Blues performance category at the International Blues Challenge. In 2013 Harrison was nominated for the Best Acoustic Artist Award by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.