Ronnie Platt

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Background information
Born (1960-02-24) February 24, 1960 (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OriginChicago, Illinois
  • Progressive rock
  • Rock music
Occupation(s)recording artist
  • Voice
  • Keyboards
Years active1982–present
Associated acts
  • Kansas (band)
  • Yezda Urfa
  • Shooting Stars

Ronnie Platt (Chicago, February 24, 1960) is an American singer famous for being the current lead singer of Kansas, having replaced longtime member Steve Walsh.


Early Years

On the eighties, he starts his activity playing into little public local, since he joined the reconstituted rock band Yezda Urfa, and was part of it, before as a singer, and then also like organist, until their breakup in 1990, adding elements of fusion and jazz to the group; even then he was artistically inspired by some great organists of the time, including Donald Fagen of Steeley Dan. Then, he was the vocalist of the band Shooting Star (band) from 2007 to 2011, but he has never recorded studio albums with this band, only a live album called Antology.[1]


In 1996 He founded ARRA, cover band of the '70's famous rock bands. They open concert for artists like Paul Rodgers, 38 Special, Survivor, Rare Earth, Steppenwolf and Dennis DeYoung.[2]

With Kansas

He joined the band in 2014 replacing Steve Walsh, of whom he was a fan since the seventies, and with Kansas (band)|Kansas he recorded the albums The Prelude Implicit, and the Leftoverture Live and Beyond Collection, published in 2017. In 2020 He recorded with the same band The Absence of Presence album, in 2020.[3] With Kansas He wrote the lyrics of songs Refugee, Camouflage and Unsung Heroes. In 2021 He sings some old classic songs from the band in the new live album, called Pont of Know Return Live and Beyond.[4]


As solo artist

  • You've Got Love, 2008


  • The Prelude Implicit, 2016
  • Leftoverture:Live and Beyond, 2017
  • The Absence of Presence, 2020
  • Point of Know Return:Live and Beyond, 2021

Yezda Urfa

  • Antology (Yezda Urfa), 2007


  1. "CRR Interview - Ronnie Platt | A Miracle Out of Nowhere!".
  2. "ARRA".
  3. Quandt, Adam. "Surreal: From fan to frontman with Kansas' Ronnie Platt". St. Cloud Times.
  4. "Ronnie Platt interview about Point of Know Return Live and Beyond".

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