Pet Passions

Singer-songwriter Mary Ann Kennedy
By Sarah Morgan, June 2010, Updated February 2015

Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Mary Ann Kennedy pursues every venture with passion, whether it’s supplying soulful backup for legendary musicians or expressing her love of animals through song. Discovered by Sting, she’s well known both as one-half of the duo Kennedy-Rose and for her songwriting and vocal work with artists such as Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride and Faith Hill. Kennedy once again combines her love of music with her lifelong passion for pets in her latest album, Who Saved Who.

Kennedy’s albums are inspired by a lifetime of relationships with horses and dogs, and celebrate the lives of her late pets Tonka and Choy. Who Saved Who is an uplifting collection of pieces uncovering the deep bond between humans and dogs. “Part of what is so beautiful about dog love,” she says, “is that it is so pure and simple—much simpler than human relationships!” Kennedy says these songs allowed her to come to terms with the loss of her animals, and that hearing them gave listeners “‘permission’ to grieve in a world that didn’t acknowledge the depths they were feeling.”

Besides entertaining dog lovers everywhere, Kennedy plans to donate a generous portion of the album proceeds to rescue groups, with the message “spay, neuter, adopt!” Her hope for Who Saved Who is to “reach the ears and hearts of many who feel as I do,” and to give back to “organizations that work around the clock to make the world better for so many creatures.”



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Article first appeared in The Bark, Issue 59: Apr/May 2010