Kenna’s roots in the music business run deep. Her father, Ken Turner, sang bass for many years with the legendary Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Her mother-in-law, iconic country music star Dottie West, was recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Steeped in a rich musical heritage, Kenna has carved out her own place in the industry over the years and is achieving extraordinary success. As a staff writer for Curb|Word Music Publishing located on Nashville’s historic Music Row, Kenna has penned nearly 1,000 songs over the last two decades—songs like the Dove Award-winning hit “Say Amen,” which has been recorded by artists from Finding Favor in CCM to southern gospel’s Brian Free and Assurance, appearing on music charts from Billboard to the Singing News. She is a five-time “Songwriter of the Year” and six-time BMI Award winner whose songs have also graced Grammy Award-winning projects by recording artists Jason Crabb and Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum). Interestingly, Kenna never set out to be a songwriter.
“I have always written songs,” she offers, “but early in my career, I was just writing for me—to share my heart, to tell my story, and to unpack the promises of God in His Word. But about twenty years ago, what I was saying in a song became what other artists were also wanting to sing. Since then, songwriting has become for me an unbelievably rewarding creative outlet. Through music and lyrics, my friends and I get to somehow touch the world—if you will—from a small writer’s room in Tennessee. It is very humbling to think about.”
Songwriting is just one of the many facets of ministry for which Kenna has been equipped. She is also a board-certified counselor and author of the book, Finding the Good and Seeing His Glory: Looking for God in Both Blessing and Testing. The sought-after singer and speaker offers her audience a unique glimpse of Scripture—melding solid Bible teaching and her own personal story of redemption into a ministry that God is using to change lives, one heart at a time.
Singer. Songwriter. Speaker. Teacher. Kenna Turner West is all these things and more. On or off the stage, her depth of character and compassion reach into the hearts of everyone she encounters. Whether in word or in song, Kenna’s prayer throughout her many years of ministry has been a simple one: to bear fruit. It is a prayer, she confesses, that God has never failed to answer.