"There are a lot of things I've never gotten over, especially my love of the song and its performance. I can't remember when I didn't sing and, from a very early age, was fascinated with writing songs even as I learned and sang classic rock, folk, jazz, theatre, and choral works. I've come to the point where I have nothing better to do than write and perform on my own or with the people I love."

Portland, OR area singer/songwriter, producer, and teacher Ken Gaines has the goal of writing great songs in just about every genre and style. "For all the great songs that have been written I belong to a wonderful tribe who believe there are a least as many great ones still to be written." His voice has the range to cover those styles and his supple guitar work lays down arrangements instead of just chords.  His lyrics are both powerful and poetic and highlight the skills of a story teller and observer of life. Formerly from Houston, TX, in 2005 he was voted Singer Songwriter of the Year by the Academy of Texas Music and in 2007 his song "Einstein's Violin" was nominated Song of the Year at the Texas Music Awards.
Onstage, Ken is both into the song and the moment never quite knowing what will happen next. "Live performance is the culmination of all my thinking and practice. It's like a religious experience. I want you to laugh and cry on the same night and go home feeling like you've fallen in love all over again with someone or something you hold dear." Ken is a regular at the Kerrville Folk Festival both on stage and around the song circles and, in 2009, was chosen as the festival opener.

For 25 years he produced and hosted the songwriter's series at Houston's legendary Anderson Fair. These Thursday night productions were a must for traveling artists from all over the world while touring Texas as well as so many of Texas' best singer/songwriters. "Talk about a great way to keep your edge as a performer. I love these shows!" says Ken. "Each night is a different mix and allows me to bring out a different aspect of my performances as well as the opportunity to feature and interact with so many great artists."  In 2010 he was featured in the documentary film "For the Sake of the Song, The Story of Anderson Fair" starring Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, and Nancy Griffith and a host of performers who have graced the stage since 1970.

Ken currently has 2 CD's in print, "Catfish Moon" & "Real Men" on the Songdog Record label. He also has cuts on a number of compilations including, "Songs From the Tackle Box 2011, "Shoulder to the Stone" 2010, "Uncle Calvin's 25th Anniversary Compilation" 2008, "The Silverwolf Homeless Project" 1995. Through the years he's worked on numerous other recording projects and written for stage and film notably the feature film "Blue Days Lost" 1995 and two co-written children's musicals, "Noah and the Ark" and "Journey of the Wise Men" produced by the Excellent Theatre Company in Houston.

Ken's other performance activities include master of ceremonies for the past 12 years at the Songwriter Serenade in Schulenberg Texas as well as numerous other events. For 11 out of its 13 year run he was known as “the voice” of the Texas Music Awards..He also regularly teaches songwriters' seminars, notably "How to Get Out of Your Beautiful Rut" and "The Power of Contrast". In 2023 he'll be presenting these seminars and more at Portland's Artichoke Community Music..He also teaches the songwriting experience at the Kerrville Music Camp for Teens. And, he presents performance lectures on "The Songs of Lennon vs McCartney", "Lazy Bones to Moon River, the Songs of Johnny Mercer" and "Songs My Mom and Dad Taught Me".

Ken is available for concerts, club shows, festivals, and house concerts both as a single act or, when back in Texas, sharing the stage with guitarist Wayne Wilkerson. His tour schedule takes him all across the US as well as his home state of Oregon.