Dr. KEVIN BOND (BIO)
Kevin Bond is perhaps one of the finest producers in the gospel music
Industry today! In many circles he has been dubbed “The Million Music
Maker.” Few could argue with that assertion or his credentials, as his name
and production credits have thoroughly permeated the most prominent gospel CD
and cassette jackets over the past 25 years.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kevin arrived on the gospel music scene in
1983. That year, as a 19 year-old prodigy he became the organist for the
highly acclaimed Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar Mass Choir.
Teaming with gospel pianist extraordinaire Richard Smallwood and a host
of other gifted minstrels (including guitarist Jonathan Dubose and
drummer/bassist Joel Smith), Kevin formally introduced himself to the
gospel nation on the 1984 EHMAS release, Angels Will Be Singing.
Proverbs 18:16 states, “A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.”
Kevin stepped securely into that promise during the years
immediately subsequent to his inauguration into the gospel music industry. His fresh approach to music directing coupled with his ultra- clean, innovative, yet sophisticated piano technique won him favor with the renowned Walter and Edwin Hawkins and The Hawkins Family. Serving as music director and keyboardist for the Hawkins music umbrella afforded him the opportunity to hone his skills in a privileged, yet challenging environment. That environment served as a major foundation for his ultimate musical destiny!
Well-established as a keyboardist and music director, Kevin began to
exercise his production talents during the early 1990’s. He collaborated with a number of artists, including Stephanie Mills, Donald Lawrence and TheTri-City Singers, The Kurt Carr Singers and Trinitee 5:7, among others. His impeccable work with these artists proved him highly competent as a producer and firmly validated the “production” facet of his calling.
Kevin has experienced overwhelming success as a producer in recent years! His leadership and production expertise have been vital to the success of some of gospel music’s most recognizable artists; including Kirk Franklin, God’s Property, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Bishop T.D. Jakes and The Potter’s House Mass Choir, Marvin Sapp, and host of others. He was even commissioned by Steven Spielberg to produce a song for the Prince of Egypt soundtrack. His works have garnered an astounding 10 Grammy Awards, 30 Stellar Awards, and numerous other awards, including an Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Music from the Christian Bible Institute & Seminary in Houston, TX.!
Kevin has served as the Director of Worship and Arts at the Greater
Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Decatur, GA under the pastorate of
E. Dewey Smith, Jr. The 500-plus members of the music department were under Bond’s purview. Large tasks are not a challenge to Kevin at all. Prior to that assignment Kevin served as Director of Worship and Arts at the New Birth Church in Lithonia, Georgia under the Pastorate of Bishop Eddie L. Long. In four years at the helm, he transformed the 600-member music department into a nationally recognized standard of excellence! His 2004 production of the 300-voice New Birth Total Praise Choir, entitled "Spirit and Truth," garnered national acclaim, as it received multiple Grammy and Stellar nominations. In February 2006, the choir released its sophomore CD, “New Beginning,” which is again produced and written mostly by Kevin Bond.
Kevin also serves as CEO of his music production company, Bonded Music. He is also founder of F.L.O.W. (Follow the Leading Of the Wind), a band of studio musicians he organized to educate and instruct up and coming artists. Additionally, upon request he works as a worship and arts leadership training consultant for music departments across the world, his ministry travels have taken to Europe, the UK, Africa, Scandinavia, and Germany. Kevin and his beautiful wife Toni reside in Atlanta, Georgia with their children; Alex III, Tayler Alexia, Kiara, and Phillip.