Thursday, December 10, 2009

Review + Show!

Read the brand new review of our latest CD "Q.E.D." here:

Then be sure to join us Saturday night to hear the music from "Q.E.D." and our other CDs. 9pm-midnight Parlor City Pub, 1125 3rd ST. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA

Saturday, November 14, 2009

November Giving Thanks

Hello to all of our friends.
Hard to believe it's November already! It's been quite a year and we hope all is well with you.
November is the time when we reflect and give thanks for all of you, our friends and family, and for all that the year has brought us.
This year we are especially thankful for all the support you've all given us by coming out to our shows and making them really great!
So, as our way of saying Thank You, we are offering a "special" from now through the end of November.
Visit, order a copy of the CD, and we'll send you a free "Sampler" CD along with your order.
Valid through Nov. 30,2009, but don't wait, order today!
Heart Consort Music

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

HCM on Bowed Radio!

Check out the latest edition of Bowed Radio!! It includes a song from our latest CD!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Join Us November 5th

Hope You can join us Thursday, November 5th, from 6:30-8:30 at the Lincoln Wine Bar in downtown Mt. Vernon, IA.
James Kennedy & Friends acoustic quartet will be playing a variety of styles. Music will include cuts from past CDs, and selections from their new CD "Q.E.D." CDs will be available too, of course!
Group includes James on 6 & 12 string guitars, Matt on bass, Dan on hand percussion, and Catherine on violin.
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Iowa's own James Kennedy Has Entry In Grammy’s 9thth Year in a Row! Mt. Vernon, IA – The most recent CD release by Iowa's jazz/fusion guitarist James Kennedy has been entered in the 52th Grammy Awards. This music is available for your listening pleasure at and many other internet sites. Accomplishments include entries in the Grammy Awards for 9 years in a row, features in Downbeat magazine, JazzReview, O'Place Jazz, Great Music, Kweevak "Editor's Choice" & "Readers' Survey" awards for 5 years in a row, and many other independent music industry awards and honors. Heart Consort Music is celebrating 23 years in business this year, and has twenty CD releases. All of these releases have received national/international airplay and distribution. The group “James Kennedy & Friends” tours regularly in support of these releases both in the US and abroad. HCM's Brand New 2009 release: "Q.E.D." by James Kennedy is the 20th CD release for Heart Consort Music. James Kennedy says, "In a way, Q.E.D. is the best of our past projects put together."The music covers a range of styles including Blues, Folk, Latin, Jazz, World music and more. James plays 6&12 string guitars, and is joined by Matt Alles on bass, Dan Brawner on hand percussion, Eric Madison on drum set, and Catherine Lawson on violin. In 1986, Kennedy and Catherine Lawson founded recording label Heart Consort Music. In the intervening years, James has released 20 albums in a variety of styles, ranging from folk/acoustic to rock/fusion, jazz and world music, and more. These twenty releases have received international radio airplay, distribution and exposure. James has written music for various independent film and video projects, and his music has been licensed by, AEI, Bravo, Disney, The Discovery Channel, PBS, DMX, Playnetwork, and many others. He has performed at festivals all over the world including Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland; North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague in The Netherlands; and the Euro-Disney Jazzfest in Paris, France. James Kennedy is an endorsed artist by the Guild Guitar Company and the Lakewood Guitar company. For more information about James Kennedy, please visit his web site at For more information on the GRAMMY Awards, please visit the web site at

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New CD!

Heart Consort Music is pleased to announce the official release on 8-28-09 of a new CD "Q.E.D." by James Kennedy.
HCM is celebrating 23 years in business this fall and marks the occasion with the release of it's 20th CD!
James Kennedy says, "In a way, Q.E.D. is the best of our past projects put together."
The music covers a range of styles including Blues, Folk, Latin, Jazz, World music and more.
James plays 6&12 string guitars, and is joined by Matt Alles on bass, Dan Brawner on hand percussion,
Eric Madison on drum set, and Catherine Lawson on violin.
The CD is available for sale at and various other internet sites.
The group will be performing and touring in support of this new release.
For details, purchases and/or bookings contact:
Heart Consort Music

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hi all: For months we've been talking about our "upcoming CD release"... and if you've been to our shows, you've heard previews of "Street Talk", "Mis Amigos", "Wind In the Trees" and others... Well, here we are, 10 days away from our official release date of 8-28-09. On that date, Heart Consort Music's 20th CD "Q.E.D" by James Kennedy will be available nationally/internationally through several outlets. But, between now and then, we're offering you, our friends, a "special". Drop us a line with a "Pre-order" before midnight 8-27-09 and we'll include a FREE bonus sampler CD along with your copy of "Q.E.D." Write to us at with your pre-order and be the first on your block to get the new CD from HCM! And be sure to watch this space in the next 10 days for song clips and more! Thanks! Heart Consort Music http:/

Sunday, August 9, 2009

New Video!

We had a great time at the Amana Arts Festival 8-8-09. The crowds were great, even though it was the hottest day of the year in Iowa. The arts were beautiful and the demonstrations were fun to watch! We made a little "movie" of the fun and set it to music. ("The General Store" from James Kennedy's CD "Unknown") Check it out!

Thanks to the folks at the Amana Arts Guild for having us
and thanks to everyone who came to listen!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Saturday 8-8-09

Hi all:
Writing to everyone to say don't forget about the Amana Arts Festival tomorrow, Saturday 8-8-09 in the Middle Amana Park, Amana,Iowa. HCM's James Kennedy & Friends will be playing at 10am, Noon, and 4pm. There will also be a variety of activities for kids of all ages, live arts demonstrations, and great food!
Hope to see you there!
Heart Consort Music

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend to Everyone!
We're back in the studio finishing up this year's CD. From what I've heard so far, you're gonna love it! Watch this space for updates and preview clips of the songs...

Also remember 8-8-09 when you can catch us at the32nd Annual Amana Arts Festival between 10am and 4pm. Held at the Middle Amana Park, it includes artists from around the Midwest, music, and of course, plenty of authentic German food....It's a really great "family-friendly" event with plenty of activities and entertainment for everyone. One of the highlights of the festival are the many "hands on" demonstrations by local artisans/craftspeople including quilting, willow basketmaking, weaving,spinning, woodworking, metalworking and more... Hope you can join us!

til next time......

Welcome to our New Blog!

Welcome to our new blog! We'll feature news, updates and more from Heart Consort Music.

First, let us introduce ourselves.
We are an independent record label founded in 1986 to expose and promote the wealth of talent in the Midwest. Celebrating over 20 years of "Music from the Heartland"! Eclectic mix of classic rock,blues, world music, jazz and more... Take a mixture of Jimmy Page, Jimmy Hendrix, Pat Metheny, Leo Kotke, John Scofied, Dave Matthews, Bela Fleck, Peter Gabriel, Jean Luc Ponty, add world music influences, and top it all of with a dash of humor and you have the original sounds of Heart Consort Music.

We have 19 CD releases with radio, distribution and touring world-wide, plus we've had entries in the Grammy Awards for 8 years in a row.

We hope you'll check back often for news, thoughts, calendar updates and more.
Heart Consort Music