Kenny Marquez
One rowdy Renegade

He's got more energy than - well, anything or anybody. But as one of the members of the multi-million selling rocker quartet, Renegade, Kenny Marquez' unique gift for outrageous banter and behavior helps the band distinguish itself with their signature sound and cutting-edge presentation.

It makes perfect sense. Born in East LA at USC Medical Center, Marquez' mother was a product of the radical 60's and 70's. Involved in the protests and boycotts of the day, Kenny often saw his mother on TV, participating in sit-ins and playing her guitar. So it wasn't surprising that at the age of seven or eight, his mother taught him how to play "House of the Rising Sun" on the guitar. It was all over. By the time he was eleven, Kenny Marquez' guitar helped to define his identity and create an outlet for his highly creative mind.

While attending JR. High, Marquez enrolled in Guitar class to see what he could gain. With perfect pitch and the ability to pick up songs and chord progressions almost immediately, it wasn't long before he was taking the class over. His musical likes were diverse. Playing everything from hard rock tunes to John Denver's "Lady," Kenny Marquez got noticed for his talents as a musician. He notes, "People called me the human jukebox at school. I could play anything. I've had that ability as long as I can remember."

Popular in school theatrical productions (He loves "Annie Get Your Gun"), Kenny was often featured as a soloist at concerts and plays. Although the High School he attended was considered a "rough one," the music was a way for Kenny to stay out of trouble and create a persona for himself. "I'd bring my guitar to school with me everyday," he says. "But I was popular with ALL the various cliques in school because I could play anything." When sophmore year came around, Marquez tasted his first band experience. "I played with a band whose guitar player hung with an older kid by the name of Michael Anthony who went on to play in some band with another pretty fair guitarist. Tony Cogiano gave Kenny tips on playing lead guitar and by the time he was in his teens, the band was playing The Whisky and Gazzarri's and at the same time, gaining limited experience in the recording studio.

Content, but not really advancing his career or skills at any great speed, a High School pal brought Kenny a cassette of a band he was playing with and asked if he'd like to come to the rehearsal studio to meet the guys. "We jammed all night and I thought it went pretty well," remembers Kenny. "After we finished and I was packing up my Marshall amp, the band's producer suggested that I leave the amp and come back in a few days to jam a little more. I didn't really know these guys, but something between myself, the drummer and the producer meshed. So I agreed and before long, it was official and I was a Renegade."

Soon Renegade drummer/vocalist Luis Cardenas and Kenny were coming up with songs on the spot. "It was very cool and strange at the same time, "says Marquez. "It was like our minds were in the same place and I felt like I had known Luis my entire life." Along with band members Danny David Flores and Tony De La Rosa, Renegade was coming together quite nicely.

Within a month the guitarist who had introduced Marquez to Renegade had left to pursue other interests, so for the time being, the signature Renegade double lead guitar licks fell to Marquez. "It was a turning point in my life," he says. "I began to practice my butt off, day and night. I'd watch guitar players and sit for hours with my axe, rolling my fingers and working on licks blind folded. I became almost militaristic in my routine."

The Renegade train was ready to roll and by the time the band released their debut album, "Rock �n� Roll Crazy," Marquez was like an Olympic athlete who was fit and ready for the games.

The band's multi-million success is a testament to the fact that egos have never gotten in the way of Renegade's vision. "We feed off each other. It's a very healthy and creative working environment." And regarding Marquez' signature energetic on-stage performances, he adds, "I'm very hyper when we play. But I'm hyper when I'm sitting around watching TV. I'm just one of those guys with a lot of bottled-up energy."

The 2000 version of Renegade rocks with a new found exuberance and lust for music. Marquez says, "We've all seen each other's skeletons, but it doesn't matter. I feel a maturity in myself and in my mind that I've never experienced before. Now, really for the first time, I'm comfortable with who I am and feel a new freedom that allows me to write and perform like never before. We're all ready to take another ride with Renegade and bring this band to the next level."

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