Bap Kennedy is a singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland and older brother of singer Brian Kennedy. He is noted for writing the song "Moonlight Kiss" which was on the soundtrack for the film Serendipity (starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale).
Kennedy was in a successful band, Energy Orchard for many years and has written and performed songs with artists such as Steve Earle and Van Morrison. He has also recorded a number of well-received solo albums including Domestic Blues, Lonely Street and The Big Picture. Following the release of The Big Picture, he toured the USA with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits and also performed for five nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
Bap Kennedy became the lead singer and songwriter for the rock group Energy Orchard touring in Europe and the United States during the late 1980s and continuing until the band broke up in 1996. During this time the band recorded four studio albums and a farewell live album on Saint Patrick's Day at the Mean Fiddler in London, England. They had initially signed with MCA Records and then moved to Transatlantic Records in 1993.
After receiving a phone call from Steve Earle, Kennedy joined him in Nashville, Tennessee and recorded his first solo album which was produced by Earle. The album entitled Domestic Blues featured vocal contributions from Nanci Griffith and was a critical and commercial success charting at number eight on the Billboard 200. Remarkably, four of the songs on the album would feature in award-winning movies.
His album, Lonely Street, released in 2000, featured Herbie Flowers on bass and one of the tracks, "Moonlight Kiss" appeared in the movie, Serendipity. In the meantime, Kennedy also developed and produced work for London record labels including The King a tribute album to Elvis Presley and Gravelands, a favourite of John Peel and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Kennedy's 2005 album, The Big Picture was highly acclaimed, with a four out of five star rating by Mojo. One of the songs on the album was the song "Milky Way" that was co-written by fellow Belfast born friend and mentor, Van Morrison. Another song, "On the Mighty Ocean Alcohol" featured Shane Macgowan who also appeared (in secret) with Bap Kennedy at several gigs in London, England at the Boogaloo bar.
Kennedy has announced a new album to be released in 2009 and will appear at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas on March 18, 2009, after a concert at Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee on the 17th of March.
Bap Kennedy is married to singer-songwriter and author Brenda (Boyd) Kennedy and resides in County Down, Northern Ireland.