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Higher Self

by Rod Kinny

West coast style of adult rock containing dashes of jazz & soul. Lyrically meaningful expressions of truth, love, joy, sorrow, & spiritual awakening. Influences of Toto, Steely Dan, Genesis, Todd Rundgren, & Al Stewart.
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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1. Beyond the Impossible
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2. Higher Self
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3. Between Two Worlds
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4. Old into New
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5. Infinite Love
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6. Water to Wine
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7. London Town
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8. Infinite Love (be free)
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9. Competition
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10. Prime Mover
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Album Notes
The recording of what became "Higher Self" began eleven months after the release of "The Rod Kinny EP". I had bought a copy of Ambrosia's Anthology CD and began listening and rediscovering not only how much I loved their hits, but a full spectrum containing their deeper more progressive works which much of the public is unaware of. As I kept listening more & more, I began to wonder what the band members were doing currently. I discovered Ambrosia's co-founder Joe Puerta was still touring with the band and owns a recording studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

I kept listening to Anthology and decided to pursue my idea to record at Joe's studio with him as producer. At the time I was expecting scheduling conflicts due to travel between Minneapolis & Milwaukee, Ambrosia's tour schedule, and considerations such as "can I afford this guy?" I came in contact with one of his artists who as it turned out had a terrific CD produced by Joe and strongly recommended him. That was enough for me, I was ready to take the plunge.

The first session was in January 2007. I would book studio time every three months, drive to Milwaukee, do an all day session, travel home, repeat in 90 days. As time went by I felt my enthusiasm build after each session. Not only was Joe a very skilled musician & producer, his staff & session musicians were amazing & very experienced. With all the shared enthusiasm, it really gave me the confidence to bring to life my very best music. Forty months later and with contributions from some old friends in Minneapolis, "Higher Self" is here. It may not seem to some a very practical approach to recording though I think it was wise. This CD means a great deal to me. Enjoy!



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Rosemarie Ashley, Positive Music Association

Review by Rosemarie Ashley of PMA
“Higher Self” by Rod Kinny is an album about transformation of lives and the world, in Adult Contemporary and Popular styles of music. The CD is of professional quality with excellent mixing of a variety of instruments, lead and background vocals. Instrumentation includes a large selection of live performances, bringing a fullness of variety and a satisfyingly entertaining effect. Compositions are excellent. Lead vocals are good, with a chorus of harmony tastefully intermingling for maximum appeal. The album includes a combination of upbeat and reflective songs, capturing and maintaining listener attention.

“Beyond The Impossible” is a smooth-flowing song, encouraging people to move past imagined limitations. “Higher Self”, is a Pop song of inspiration and introspection suggesting we look within to find connection to the source, leading to a magical life. The album fearlessly addresses a breakdown of long-established modes of operation, questioning blind obedience to mindless consumerism, environmental destruction and robotic adherence to unreasonable employment demands. “Infinite Love” distinguishes between the world seen with human eyes and the one of the mind’s eye, proclaiming our perception of current power structures is an illusion and resolving to seek hidden opportunity. “Water to Wine” is about becoming aware of programmed behavior and discovering our true nature.

Cool Night - Westcoastmusic France

Rod Kinny - Higher Self
After many months of starvation (though few exits Westcoast), it seemed that this year would be very sad, mired in pessimism and bad news, but that the spray of distant oceans and skies color "tequila sunrise" to arrive us, with great achievements ... finally.

We return to the Pearl of Bamboo Brothers, beautiful albums of Sedona (Made in France) or Stefan Gunnarsson, but for now a spotlight on Rod Kinny which brings sand from California to our ears. Talented artist, Rod has had the excellent idea of working with Joe Puerta (Ambrosia / Bruce Hornsby & The Range), one of my favorite artists who also produced the "HIGHER SELF", available as CD or MP3 on CD Baby.

Influence from Ambrosia, Steely Dan and Toto, Todd Rundgren, or to feel, mixed with a side of British pop in the late 80 or early 90s, the mixture is surprising. An album always punctuated with little downtime. Which had started with property pretty up-tempo like "Beyond The Impossible" or "Higher Self", with super Westcoast "Between Two World" or "Infinite Love" and the seventies Competition. Not to mention, the British "Water To Wine" or "London Town", not so far from a Prefab Sprout. In short, an embodiment with different tones, the very fine work.

You can listen to some tracks from Rod on his myspace and of course order it on CD Baby , the price is light, do not deprive yourself.

Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky /
The miracle of life
Is always with you

The album “Higher Self” by Rod Kinny is sparkling pop/rock with a touch of smooth jazz and a bit of country. It is filled with positive emotions and it received this expressive name not by chance.

The music of “Higher Self” and the manner of Rod Kinny performing and singing reminded me of the legendary Bee Gees to some extent. But the artist definitely has his own established style. His acoustic guitar playing is very accurate. The harmonies of “Higher Self” are enjoyable. The album is easily listened to from the first seconds to the last ones.

Additional instruments such as bass and electric guitars, drums, percussion, keyboards, violin, saxophone, flute, trumpet and backing vocals are perfectly added to Rod Kinny’s songs. In general, all this diversity of instruments is united into a single whole.

“Higher Self” will be interesting not only for melodious pop/rock admirers, but for all those who love original multidimensional music. This album is undoubtedly not for one-time listening.

Serge Kozlovsky

Mark Maxwell Abushady

Higher Self by Rod Kinny
There is something familiar about this music. Flavors of early Genesis and Phil Collins; Crosby, Stills & Nash harmonies at times (“Prime Mover”), Barry Gibb and the Bee Gees, Loggins and Messina, and more, play across the selections. In this way, the music sounds like an old friend (to those of us old enough to remember these musical groups, that is). Mr. Kinny’s lyrics, however, are certainly up-to-date, with references to the isolation caused by personal electronic devices, environmental pollution (“Look into the river, I’m watching sludge flow by/There are no plants to speak of to purify/Some think it’s the devils work planned in secrecy/Stemming from fear and absence of decency”), distractions to the awareness of self, and other revelations. As such, although other musical figures are referenced, “Higher Self” is a unique and unusual collection of songs, worthy of closer listening.

Peter Braidis

Rod Kinny's Title Track "Higher Self"
With “Higher Self”, Minnesota native Rod Kinny displays a sense of melody and taste leaning towards an Adult Contemporary/Adult Alternative style. The song is at once catchy and laid back, and there are some good instrumental touches with a crisp sound regarding the mix. Kinny’s voice is in an Al Stewart vein and the song is radio friendly. Quality stuff!

Zero Day Rock

Rod Kinny - Higher Self (2010)
A native of Minnesota, Rod Kinny has what can be described as a unique musical style.
“Higher Self” is the first full length album by this independent artist, displaying a mature sense of melody and taste leaning towards an Adult Contemporary / Westcoast style.
It’s kinda Ambrosia meets America with a taste of Steely Dan in it, but in the end you realize he’s got his own great melange.
Fresh and groovy songs, a timeless labour of love, regardless of current trends and other distractions.

The music of “Higher Self” and the manner of Rod Kinny performing and singing reminded me of the legendary Al Stewart.
But Rod definitely has his own established style. His acoustic guitar playing and vocal harmonies are truly enjoyable.
The colorful layers of bass and electric guitars, drums, percussion, keyboards, occasional violin and horns are perfectly added to Rod Kinny’s songs.
There are times on this disc that he brings to mind some of the classic sounds of the late '70s / earlier '80s, such as “Beyond The Impossible”, which, as many tracks on this CD, has an Ambrosia feel.
That's because the album is produced by the talented Joe Puerta (Ambrosia, Bruce Hornsby & The Range) who also plays guitar, bass, keyboards, etc.

Other standout tracks on the album include the soothing “Between Two Worlds” and the well-written “Water Into Wine”. Kinny penned all the songs himself and shows to be a quite competent songwriter.
As a tunesmith, he shines brightest on tracks like “Old Into New”, and “London Town”, which features some nifty drum work from John Calarco.
Sometimes catchy and radio friendly, sometimes laid back and smooth, this album has wonderful tunes you want to hear over and over again.

We get hundreds of new CD submissions a year.
Sadly, most of them do not require a great deal of listening. In fact, I can pretty much tell by the middle of the first song if the material meets the 0dayrock criteria.
We consider production, songwriting skills like melody, lyrics, musicianship and, of course the abilities of the lead singer. If these skills grab us as positive, it will be here.
Occasionally a submission grabs us from the ‘git go’ and by the 3rd song in we're hooked.
Rod Kinny's "Higher Shelf" is one of them. It took us no time to get our foots tappin’, to get us to want to listen to that song again, and to make us want to sing along these sweet melodies.

Rod Kinny : vocals, bass, acoustic & electric guitars
Joe Puerta : acoustic guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion
Keith Pulvermacher : electric guitars
John Calarco : drums
Ryan Schiedermayer : percussion
Sam Steffke, Dave Adler, Matt Fink : keyboards
Johnny Padilla, Matt Attonowicz : horns
Jason Wolf : violin
Barbara Stephan, Rochelle Lockridge, Joe Puerta : backing vocals

Chuck Dauphin -Music News Nashville

Rod Kinny - Higher Self
A native of Minnesota, Rod Kinny as what can be described as a unique musical style. There are times on this disc that he brings to mind some of the classic sounds of 1970s pop, such as “Beyond The Impossible,” which reminds me of some of the Bee Gees’ finest work.

Other standout tracks on the album include the soothing “Between Two Worlds” and the well-written “Water Into Wine.” Kinny wrote all the songs himself on HIGHER SELF, and shows himself to be quite the competent songwriter. As a tunesmith, he shines brightest on songs like “Old Into New,” and “London Town,” which features some nifty drum work from John Calarco.

At the end of the day, it seems to be the title cut that is spurring the most interest from fans across the world. The song and album has performed well in eleven countries---so far, and the list keeps growing. Could America be next on the list? I wouldn’t bet against him!

Gary Hill -Music Street Journal

Rod Kinny - Higher Self
The easiest thing to pin on this CD is the singing. It sounds very much like The Bee Gees. There are times where the music resembles that, but the arrangements are all over the place. That said, overall, the disc sits close enough to progressive rock to get it pegged there. Only a handful of tracks are purely prog, but the rest is close enough that I’m OK with setting it there. Mind you, I had it under “non prog” at first. Whatever you call it, though, this is an entertaining disc that’s both catchy and meaty. It’s compelling while not requiring a lot of effort in terms of thought processes. It should appeal to prog rock fans, but there’s enough classic rock and AOR to earn it fans outside that circle.