– Kimberly Kennedy
Kimberly Lee Kennedy, an audio engineer and tour manager who worked with some of the top names in music, died Aug. 7 at home in Los Angeles. She was 52.
She had a degree in audio engineering and spent more than 30 years dedicated to the music business, starting her career at South Beach Studio and Circle House before moving to New Orleans to manage Nothing Studios for Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.
Kennedy later move to L.A. to work for Rose Mann at the The Record Plant, where she would work with such artists as Johnny Rotten, Waka Flocka, Shinedown, DJ Pooh, The Neptunes, P. Diddy, Rage Against The Machine and Maynard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle to name a few.
During the last years of her life, Kennedy moved into business management and her last place of employment was Tri Star Sports & Entertainment where she worked as a tour manager.
“Kim was a wonderful person. She was beautiful inside, and out, and I will be forever grateful for what she taught me, and the time I got to spend with her,” Shinedown’s Brent Smith said in a statement. :”She was massively respected in the touring industry, and the music business. To this day, I still have conversations with some of the biggest promoters in the world, that continue to keep her spirit alive with one unique phrase: ‘If you wanna do it the right way, do it the Kim Kennedy way.’ Myself, all of us in Shinedown, our management, InDegoot Entertainment, and McGathy Promotions, and Atlantic Records will miss her deeply. We love you Kim, Godspeed”.
Kim is survived by her daughter, Brittany Kennedy; her grandson, Jaden; her mother, Lee Brock; and stepfather, Joe Brock.
“She was a very fun mom. She and I had our own ways of communicating with each other in our weird voices. She LOVED all things Disney but mostly she loved the villains and Alice In Wonderland. My mom was just simply amazing in every way I can think of. She was perfect in my eyes and still is. She’s a very strong and independent woman and she loved music and the industry with everything she had in her. She is my inspiration and my hero.”
The family will be have a small private service for Kennedy. In Lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to MusiCares Foundation in her name.