About Ken

Background

Ken Garcia grew up in San Bernardino, California and was surrounded by diverse musical influences, from Hispanic to Polynesian. By the age of five, Ken’s uncles frequently encouraged him to play his guitar at family gatherings.

The Long Story. . .

Recognizing his strong desire to perform and musical potential, his parents eagerly invested in his future by providing him with guitar and piano lessons. Yet, formal lessons could only take Ken’s raw talent so far. He began teaching himself the art of guitar playing with assistance of books and hands on experience. As his talent and confidence developed, Ken began playing school functions as well as private concerts for friends and family. Ken often fondly notes a smile that his most rewarding performances of this era were those for his father, Ramon, and his construction buddies after a hard day’s work and a few cold beers.

Around age of twenty Ken was faced with the difficult decision of pursuing a career in music or following in his older brother’s footsteps and becoming a dentist. Recently married and wanting to start a family, he opted for dentistry. Upon graduation from Loma Linda School of Dentistry, Ken started a successful practice in Fontana California, close to where he grew up, which he sold prior to opening another new office, Island Dentistry, in Laguna Beach California in 2002. All the while Ken retained his passion for music playing lead guitar with various bands in clubs throughout Southern California and especially in Laguna Beach where he has resided with his family for over 30 years.

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Ken differs from other artist in numerous ways. Not only has he maintained an impeccable dental career spanning nearly four decades as well as compiling an impressive body of work musically, including 5 CD’s, and live performances that legends are made of.

Ken has opened for, toured and played alongside with national act musicians such as Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Donavon Frankenreider, Pato Banton, Jackson Brown, Marshall Tucker Band, Henry Kapono, Lee Rocker, Lukas Nelson and the late Dick Dale. The list can go on and on.

Ken has always sustained a solid reputation in whichever community he has called home. Ken’s contagious love and zest for life shines through in whatever task he undertakes. Whether he’s performing dentistry, playing music, surfing or spending time with his wife Jody of 45 years or his children Lea & Tayber. Ken gives no less than 100% of himself, 100% of his time. Ken’s multifaceted lifestyle is easily recognizable in his music, be it a soothing melody to provide a healing touch, a rocking jam to lift the spirit, or a simple strummed lullaby to put his daughter Lea or son Tayber to sleep.

Ken’s music is a combination of soulful folk rock with a Latin and Hawaiian flavor. The lyrics, written by Ken, bask in the warm memories of family and friends, often giving thanks to GOD for the opportunity to take part in such an amazing life…. a life that he would like to share with the rest of the world through his music.