Kenny G is a saxophonist and top selling instrumentalist known for his smooth jazz sound. Sometimes dismissed by critics, Kenny G's albums have topped jazz, pop and R&B charts and won multiple Grammy awards. His debut album was released in 1982 and reached the top 10 on jazz charts, but it was his 1986 album, "Duotones," with the wildly popular tune "Songbird" that brought Kenny G his popular success. He went on to have a string of successful albums and has appeared with a wide variety of artists including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, George Benson and Kanye West. Kenny G maintains a busy touring schedule and continues to record albums, including an album of jazz standards in 2021.
In 1997 Kenny G set a world record for playing the longest continuous note on a saxophone; it lasted 45 minutes and 47 seconds. Kenny G is an avid golfer and was named "The Best Golfer in Music" by Golf Digest Magazine in 2006. Kenny G's 1989 song "Going Home" is considered the unofficial closing song in China and is often played in malls, gyms, and other businesses at closing time.
Kenneth Bruce Gorelick was born in Seattle in 1956. He took an early interest in music and started playing the alto saxophone at age 10. He took private lessons for saxophone and clarinet and played in his high school jazz band. While still in high school Kenny G began playing with Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra. He studied accounting at the University of Washington, while continuing to work as a freelance musician. After graduating magna cum laude he joined the band The Jeff Lorber Fusion. He recorded 2 albums with the group before leaving to pursue a solo career.