Kenna Turner West’s career in gospel music began in 1983 when, as a new Believer, the eighteen year-old joined the nine-time Grammy Award-winning Blackwood Brothers. Over twenty-five years later, God has continued to open doors for Kenna to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ across the nation and around the world, alongside Christian leaders such as Franklin Graham and Dr. Jerry Falwell, at venues ranging from The Pentagon to NASCAR chapels to the local church.
Though anchored in Christian music — working with artists such as Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, CeCe Winans, Charles Billingsley, The Cathedrals, The Talleys, and producers Don Potter and Paul Overstreet — Kenna also performs country as well as big band music, garnering several Cammy Award nominations (Female Vocalist of the Year and Favorite New Artist) for her No. 1 big band single, “Who Wouldn’t Love You.” She is both a sought-after producer and session singer, recording national radio jingles for companies like Pizza Hut and Window World.
In 2001, after years of primarily being a vocalist, Kenna began penning songs for The Spring Hill Music Group, owned in part by gospel music icon Bill Gaither. Her first single, “We’re Not Gonna Bow,” was recorded by Jeff and Sheri Easter and became a No. 1 hit, giving Kenna her first Dove Award nomination. Within four years, she was voted the SGM Songwriter of the Year. Kenna’s songs have graced over a dozen Dove Award-nominated projects. In 2007, Kenna signed with Word Entertainment—broadening her catalog of songs that include praise and worship, gospel, inspirational, adult contemporary, country, and choral—and in 2009, garnered her second Dove Award nomination for the song, “Big Mighty God.” The following year, Kenna won her first Diamond Award for Song of the Year, and in 2011 went on to receive honors at the AGM Awards for Songwriter of the Year. Recently, Kenna joined the team at Daywind Music Publishing, and will soon release her first musical, distributed by LifeWay, entitled Love Won. Orchestrated by Russell Maudlin, Bradley Knight, Cliff Duren, and Camp Kirkland, the musical was released in the 2012 Easter season. Kennas songs have been recorded by artists like The Talley Trio, Lauren Talley, The Martins, Brian Free and Assurance, The Hoppers, Karen Peck and New River, Larry Ford, and many more.