Kennen Butler is a decorated performer, voice teacher, songwriter, producer, choreographer, and director born in Flint, MI, but raised in Newburgh, NY. Passionate, expressive, and versatile, Butler has performed both abroad and on US soil, getting their start in the National Tour of the revival of Seussical the Musical directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge. They would join the revival cast off-broadway as a swing before setting out to portray Duane and understudy Seaweed in the first regional production of Hairspray in the country as well as performing in the iconic role of Man #1 in Songs for a New World in LA which was music directed by AJ Rafael and a revival of Tommy where they would understudy the Acid Queen.
Abroad, they would serve as a Creative Consultant for Universal Studios Osaka as well as being a swing for the company. They would also serve as director/choreographer for a small Japanese production company called Team Utsubo where they mounted revue musicals in both english and japanese. Kennen also had the privilege of touring and performer their original works while in Japan, both as a commercial artist as well as pieces for musical theater. In 2017 they were selected by Paul Roberts (choreographer of artists such as One Direction, The Spice Girls, Katy Perry, and more), Jill Hillier (choreographer of Ricky Martin, Gwen Stefani, Nicki Minaj, and more) and Keith Young (choreographer on the film Rent, Bette Midler, En Vogue, and more) to be a lead vocalist for a string of brand new shows for Carnival Cruise Line. They have also been a headliner for Celebrity Cruise Line, and performed with the likes of Barry Pearl, the original Doody from the film Grease.
Their Band, Kennen Jakhan & The Story, has seen success both on US Soil and in Japan. They played amHALL, Sekaikan, and other large music venues under the band's previous names (Kennen Butler and Kennen and the boys). They would tour across Japan before heading back to the US. Most recently, they kicked off the 2023 Summer in the City season at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
Currently, they are pursuing their bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music. At the same time, they are the lead vocalist for a Boston based GB band called Signature. They serve as the Musical Theater director at The Real School of Music as well as teaching private voice lessons at the school. They're also a resident artist and assistant director for Cincinnati's American Legacy Theater where they write and compose musicals and pieces for the theater.