Matthew Kennedy (musician)

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Birth nameMatthew Jay Kennedy
Born (1985-02-18) February 18, 1985 (age 39)
Carbondale, Illinois
  • rock music
  • alternative music
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • guitar
  • bass guitar
  • electric guitar
  • piano
  • trumpet
Years active2005-present
  • Icon MES in association with Sony RED
  • Razor & Tie Records
  • Hopeless Records
  • Mollywater Music
  • Vanacore Music
  • Burnett Music Group
  • Rude Records

Matthew Kennedy is a founding member of The Graduate (2005-2011) and formed the band with friends from his high school. Kennedy played guitar, keyboard, and vocals in The Graduate, alongside Corey Warning (lead vocals), Max Sauer (guitar, vocals), Jared Wuestenberg (bass), and Tim Moore (drums, vibraphone, keyboard, vocals).[1]

The Graduate was signed with Icon MES and Razor & Tie Records; the band released five EPs, two full-length records, and one live DVD. Kennedy, was a collegiate athlete in Track & Field at Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL[2] -- following being signed to a record label, he quit during his junior year of college to tour with The Graduate. The Graduate broke up in 2011.[3]

Kennedy joined The Dangerous Summer in 2012 as a guitarist and backing vocalist, joining vocalist and founding member AJ Perdomo.[4][5] The band broke up between 2014 and 2017 at which time Kennedy toured with American actor Thomas Ian Nicholas in the Thomas Nicholas Band, and worked side jobs as needed before The Dangerous Summer decided to get back together in 2017 [6][7].

The Dangerous Summer broke away from Hopeless Records in 2020 to go independent[8] and started Molly Water Music. The band signed to Rude Records in 2022.[9]

Kennedy started a side project called Little Kennedy in 2021 during the COVID pandemic.

Kennedy moved to Denver, Colorado in 2020 to live with his then-girlfriend, Christiana (Tiana) Nelson. The two were married November 2, 2021.[10]


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  2. "Matt Kennedy". Retrieved 2022-11-18.
  3. "The Graduate Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved 2022-11-18.
  4. Wray, Tyson (2013-08-27). "The Dangerous Summer". Beat Magazine. Retrieved 2022-11-19.
  5. "PropertyOfZack — The Dangerous Summer Add Graduate Guitarist To..." Retrieved 2022-11-19.
  6. "The Dangerous Summer have nothing left to prove". Upset. Retrieved 2022-11-18.
  7. Features, Alan Sculley, Last Word. "After a messy breakup, rock band the Dangerous Summer is back together". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 2022-11-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. Owens, Paige OwensPaige. "The Dangerous Summer come back from the dead on new single "Fuck Them All"". Alternative Press Magazine. Retrieved 2022-11-18.
  9. Warwick, Millie (2022-10-24). "The Dangerous Summer: Where They Want to Be". Distorted Sound Magazine. Retrieved 2022-11-18.
  10. Hansen, Mariah (2021-01-13). "The Dangerous Summer Start Fresh as a Denver-Based Band". 303 Magazine. Retrieved 2022-11-18.

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