Who is

Ken Tamplin?

Ken Tamplin has always been known as a “singer’s singer.” Some have compared his singing to that of Lou Gramm, Paul Rodgers, David Coverdale, and his cousin, Sammy Hagar — and many consider his playing, songwriting, and production to rival the best names in the industry.

During his 35-year(-and-running) career, Ken has worn every hat in the music industry: singer, songwriter, producer, sound technician, performer, band manager, and coach.

 

He has fronted highly-acclaimed groups, such as Shout and Magdallan. And he has received invitations to sing for many popular groups: Motley Crue, Foreigner, INXS, Doobie Brothers, ELO, Black Sabbath, Accept, Peter Frampton, and even Journey.

 

Several years into his career Ken’s work began catching the attention of TV and film producers – which eventually led to him scoring and sourcing music for features such as Inspector Gadget, Perfect Storm, The Waterboy, Charlie’s Angels, Mod Squad, Wild America, Major League III — as well as a host of TV series, such as Melrose Place, 90210, The X-Files, Baywatch, the theme for Ace Ventura (Nickelodeon), Spin City, On Disney Now!, and Entertainment Tonight.

 

Ken has won 4 GMA Dove Awards (the “Gospel Grammys”) and received 12 nominations.

 

He has scored commercials for Nestle, Hotwheels, Acura, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Japan Airlines, Lux, Shakey’s, and many other popular brands.

 

His philanthropic CD “Make Me Your Voice” on SPRING HILL/EMI 2003 included gospel legend Andrae’ Crouch and Charlie Peacock, and played a key role in the Presidential signing of the $300,000,000.00 Sudan Peace Act in October 2003.

Ken has two children who are both grown and out of the house, and happily resides with his wife of 33 years on the eastern tip of the big island of Hawaii.

 

Awards & Nominations:

Awards

  • 1994 – Dove Award for Best Heavy Metal Songs: “Dancing on a Volcano” & “Testify”
  • 1989 – Dove Award for Best Heavy Metal Album: Shout / In Your Face
  • 1989 – Dove Award for Best Heavy Metal Song: Shout / “Give Me An Answer”

Nominations

  • 1996 – Dove Award Nomination for Best Metal/Hard Rock Album In the Witness Box
  • 1996 – Dove Award Nomination for Best Metal/Hard Rock Song “Death By Inches”
  • 1995 – Dove Award Nomination for Best Metal/Hard Rock Song “In the Lap of Legends”
  • 1994 – Dove Award Nomination for Best Metal/Hard Rock Album Tamplin
  • 1992 – Dove Award Nomination for Best Metal/Hard Rock Album Magdallan / Big Bang
  • 1991 – Dove Award Nomination for Best Metal/Hard Rock Album An Axe To Grind
  • 1988 – Dove Award Nomination for Best Metal/Hard Rock Song Shout / “It Won’t Be Long”
  • 1988 – Dove Award Nomination for Best Metal/Hard Rock Song Shout / “Shout”

Discography:

  • 2014    Ken Tamplin – Ballads of Ken Tamplin Vol 1
  • 2012    Ken Tamplin – Superstar Medleys
  • 2012    Ken Tamplin – Then Sings My Soul
  • 2009    Ken Tamplin – How Sweet The Sound (Spring Hill Music U.S.)
  • 2005    Daize Shayne – Live Your Dreams (Mascot-Europe, JVC Japan, BCS-U.S.)
  • 2004    Tamplin – Wake The Nations (Sony Music, Japan, Warner Europe)
  • 2003    Tamplin – Make Me Your Voice III (EMI music)
  • 2002    Tamplin – Make Me Your Voice II (EMI music)
  • 2002    Tamplin – Make Me Your Voice (Spring Hill/EMI)
  • 2002    Laudamus – Lost In Vain
  • 1999    Tamplin – Where Love Is (CeeM Records – Europe)
  • 1999    Ken Tamplin – Brave Days of Old
  • 1998    Shout – Back (Z Records Worldwide)
  • 1998    Major League Soundtrack – Back To The Minors
  • 1998    Tamplin – Liquid Music (Z Records Worldwide)
  • 1997    Tamplin – The Colors Of Christmas (CeeM Records- Europe)
  • 1996    Tamplin – We The People (Benson/Liberty Worldwide)
  • 1995    Tamplin – In The Witness Box (Benson/Liberty/JVC)
  • 1994    Compilation – Goin’ Home (ALFA/Brunette – Japan)
  • 1994    Shout – At The Top Of Their Lungs
  • 1993    Tamplin – Tamplin (Benson/IRS/ALFA)
  • 1993    Hollywood Hairspray – Volume 2
  • 1992    Shout – At The Top Oo Their Lungs (Frontline)
  • 1992    Magdallan – Big Bang (Chameleon/Capitol/Frontline)
  • 1992    Rock Of The 80’s – Volume 1
  • 1991    Tamplin – Soul Survivor (Frontline)
  • 1991    Tamplin – Angelica (Frontline)
  • 1990    Tamplin – The Power Team (Frontline)
  • 1990    Tamplin – An Axe To Grind (Frontline)
  • 1989    Shout – In Your Face (Frontline/Music For Nations/JVC)
  • 1989    The Power Team – Take ‘Em Back
  • 1989    Angelica – Angelica
  • 1988    Shout – It Won’t Be Long (Frontline/Music For Nations/JVC)
  • 1987    Joshua – Intense Defense (BMG Worldwide)
  • 1985    Joshua – Surrender (Polydor /Virgin/Enigma)
  • 1982    Joshua – The Hand Is Quicker Than The Eye (Enigma)

Film / Television Composition:

Major Motion Picture Soundtracks

  • The Punisher (John Travolta)
    Opening cues #1 and 4
  • Flicka
    (Old Red Barn, Uncle Ben’s Cabin)
  • To End All Wars – Warner Bros.  (Keifer Sutherland)
    Produced Soundtrack featuring John Cameron and The London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Inspector Gadget – The Walt Disney Company
    (Re-Record The Good, The Bad, The Ugly)
  • Perfect Storm
    (Source Cue #9 “The Freezer Scene”)
  • Charlie’s Angels (1999-2000)
    (Hey Homey + Get With It)
  • The Mod Squad (1999-2000)
    (“Trippin’ + “Tower Of Love”)
  • The Waterboy – The Walt Disney Company (1998)
    (The House of the Rising Sun + No One To Run With)
  • Major League III – Warner-Morgan Creek (1998)
    (Turning Japanese + The Good, the Bad, the Ugly as well as soundtrack)
  • Wild America – Warner-Morgan Creek (1997)
    (Burn It Down + Suzie Q + A Little Dew From Heaven + Let Me Off)

Television

  • Bad Girls Club
    (several featured songs and cues)
  • The Hills
    (several featured songs and cues)
  • Real World
    (several featured songs and cues)
  • A Double Shot At Love
    (several featured songs and cues)
  • Bromance
    (several featured songs and cues)
  • Top Model
    (several featured songs and cues)
  • Sex and the City
    (several featured songs and cues)
  • Ace Ventura – Nickelodeon
    (Pet Detective/Theme Song)
  • Malcom in the Middle
    (many songs and cues)
  • Friends
    (She Has A Way About Her)
  • Francis Coppola’s First Wave – Sci-fi Channel
    (Not Without You)
  • The X Files
    (The Shadow Creeps, Black Velvet Shoes, Something Sacred)
  • Entertainment Tonight
    (Black Velvet Shoes + Walkin’ On The Strand + 80 LB. Face + Watts It To Ya)
  • Melrose Place
    (She Has A Way About Her, The Most Beautiful Lady)
  • Baywatch
    (Rip-Tide + Funsmugglin’ and many others)
  • Sister, Sister
    (Groove Me, Slide)
  • The Howie Mandel Show
    (Funkadelic)
  • On Disney Now!
    (Quiet Storm, Cliff’s Of Sardinia)
  • Wall Of Separation
    (composer)
  • Cruel Logic
    (Composer)

Television National Commercials

  • Honda Motor Company Japan – Stand By Me, Ken Tamplin (2001)
  • Honda Motor Company Japan – The Way You Feel About It, Ken Tamplin (2000)
  • Ford Motor Corporation – Straight Ahead, starring Eric Clapton (2000)
  • Honda Motor Company – Life, starring Ashley Judd (2000)
  • Mattel – Slammers (2000)
  • Honda Motor Company – Zed, ZZ Top (1999)
  • Nissan – Mania, Infectious Grooves (1998)
  • Japan Airlines (1997)
  • Shakey’s Pizza – Have Fun At Shakey’s (1994)
  • Lux Shampoo – The Difference Is You (1993)
  • Miller Brewing Company – It’s Miller, with Ken Tamplin (1992)

Additional songwriting credits include:

  • KISS – “I Confess” release; Carnival of Souls – the final sessions, 1998