Kenney comes from very humble beginnings, born and raised in small town, USA, in southwest Missouri. With hard working, loving parents and two older brothers. Life was very basic, yet exciting and meaningful in this quiet little town of 900 folks.
Kenney credits his parents for allowing his dreams of becoming a cowboy to come true. Kenney says, “Just now I realize how many sacrifices my family made to haul me to all of those high school rodeos. Living off of very little, but I never knew it, I felt I was the richest kid in the world.” It all started with a stubborn little sorrel pony. Learning to ride and being tough came at an early ages in his family.
Needless to say Kenney’s life was very fast pace from the start, including rodeo, sports and music. He learned to rope, bulldog and play guitar in high school, then went onto college on a rodeo scholarship. Officiating high school and college baseball and basketball, rodeoing, picking and singing consumed his life with very little time to spare. Then accidentally, in 1996 at a rodeo in his home town, the announcer didn’t show. He then reluctantly agreed to help. That night in November of ’96 Kenney was bit by the entertainment bug.
The next four years of Kenney’s life was jammed packed with excitement. Announcing rodeos and competing hard all summer, officiating college baseball in the springtime, calling basketball games all winter and filling every vacancy available with a singing gig. It didn’t take long for Kenney to realize his life was being consumed with work and travel, leaving little time for the things he loved at home. His family, hunting, fishing, ranching, etc.
In 2000 he was asked to take the head rodeo coaching position at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO. Where he accepted the job in hopes of slowing down and embedding his roots. The next year Kenney was encouraged by his peers, students and family to pursue a career in the field that he had originally started years earlier, announcing rodeos. Kenney received pro status in 2001, resigned from the college in good standings after a very successful season, quit competing, hung up his officiating uniforms and never looked back.
Since 2001 Kenney has had the opportunity to work many great rodeos and with some of pro rodeos most talented acts and entertainers. Kenney gives great credit to those many people along his journey who seen a talent in this small town country boy from Missouri.
Kenney has finally found his home behind the mic. Now Kenney announces PRCA Rodeos full time working approximately 30-40 events each year. With a cow/calf operation at home, Kenney’s life remains full of responsibilities. Kenney says, “Now when rodeo season slows down in the fall, I get a chance to hunt most of the winter and pick with band and auctioneer some sales. Most of my cows are fall calvers due to my schedule, which works well. But most importantly, I get to truly enjoy my family.”
Kenney’s silky smooth baritone, quick wit, down home humor and his ability to connect with an audience has found a home forever in Pro Rodeo.