I was introduced to Kenyth Mogan and his music through my friend Ronnie Kroell and Friend Movement. Ronnie appears in Kenyth’s “Unlock Your Heart” video as the Tin Man. It’s such a great song with a fantastic message that also fit into the work Friend Movement does to combat bullying and encourage friendship, love, and self acceptance.
The thing that really attracts me to “Unlock Your Heart”, in addition to the message, is the beat. It has hints of country mixed with dance and pop and I think that appeals to so many sides of my own taste. Just like the song, Kenyth is multi-faceted and that definitely contributes to making me a fan!
We recently had a phone chat that lasted over an hour where we talked about everything from music, to Los Angeles, to growing up, and the many personalities we come across within the business. We found out that we have a few people in common and that we both have similar views of the entertainment world. I really enjoyed speaking to him and I do hope you all enjoy our interview. Be sure to check Kenyth out on social media, share his video, and just say hello. I know he’d love that!
Q: You grew up in a small town in Montana. What were some of the advantages to starting out like that? Disadvantages?
Kenyth Mogan: One of the best advantages of growing up in a small town was that I was very very close with a lot of people. My neighbors and the friends of my parents had just as much of a hand in raising me as my family did. I had a lot of support and encouragement when I started out singing in church and school programs. This was also one of the disadvantages because if I screwed up, which did happen, everyone I knew saw it. But even when I did screw up, everyone rallied around me in comfort and support. It was wonderful.
Q: What would you say to other young artists who are living in small rural areas and are a bit scared to make the jump to big city life? Or even to those who already live in big cities but are scared to pursue their dreams?
KM: Twenty years from now the biggest regrets you will have are not for the things you did but for the things you didn’t. Not everything you do is going to work out the way you hoped, but that’s the beauty of life, every experience we have, good or bad shapes us into we are. There’s a whole wide world of opportunity waiting, all you gotta do, is jump.
Q: Do you see yourself as a role model for other LGBT youth and artists? Who were some of your role models growing up and even now?
KM: I would love to be a role model. I grew up listening to people like Tiffany and Tommy Page, two artists I still listen to to this day. Chad Allen was really one of the first role models I can remember having who also happened to be gay. Now we’re everywhere, Steve Grand, Robbie Rogers, Russell Tovey. It’s amazing.
Q: The song “Unlock your Heart” has garnered world-wide recognition. It has also become part of Friend Movement, an organization that promotes friendship and understanding rather than bullying and judgment. Did you intend for the song to be part of that or did the message just naturally fit?
KM: Once I started speaking with Ronnie my team and I discovered that the song just naturally fit. The whole point of the song is about unlocking your heart and opening it up to love.
Q: Tell me a little about your involvement in Friend Movement. What does it mean to you to be a Friend?
KM: I got involved after asking Ronnie Kroell to be a part of the Unlock Your Heart music video. Friendship is something very important to me. Growing up the “gay kid” in northeastern Montana would’ve been a lot different if I didn’t have the friends I had.
Q: What mistakes do you see other LGBT artists or any up-and-coming artists make that you try to avoid?
KM: I wouldn’t say I’ve noticed other artist making mistakes, but what I’m trying to do differently is focus on the actual music. So many singers in the LGBT community, especially men, focus heavily on sex to sell their music that’s not me – mainly because at the present time, I’m not sexy enough to sell sex – I try and it kind of comes off sad and pathetic.
Q: What would you say to those out there who are being bullied and/or feel they just don’t fit in because of pressures from peers and society?
KM: Difference is a good thing. How boring would a symphony be if there was only one note? Don’t be afraid to be yourself because, every color in the rainbow is important. Those who say otherwise don’t understand your beauty.
Q: What is one thing you absolutely cannot live without and one thing you wish we could all live without?
KM: I couldn’t live without music. The one and only time I was grounded by my parents they took away my music. After a few days I literally started to go through withdrawals. Also, the world would be a very dark place without the beauty that is Charlie Cox and Russell Tovey.
The one thing I think we all could do with out is cruelty… and anchovies.
Q: What’s up next for Kenyth Mogan?
KM: I’m back in the studio working on the next EP. I’ve been writing a lot with my friend Phil Evans (School Boy Humor, The Roads Below) and some really great producers including Gabe Lopez who’s worked with everyone from New Kids on the Block and Chris Salvatore. I’m also getting the chance to work with some amazing songwriters I’ve admired since I was child. I’m really excited to show everyone the new stuff.
Q: How can we find you online and on Social Media?