CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming raised artist and Nashville songwriter H. Kenneth provides a tear-jerking soundtrack in an online ad for Jack Daniels whiskey, featuring people social distancing amid the COVID-19 global pandemic.
“I’m a severe asthmatic and truly in the highest risk group for the virus. As a result, I’ve been in my house for 12 days with small breaks runs to the store here and there as well as long walks with my pup,” Kenneth said when sharing the Jack Daniels video to his Facebook page. “I’m over the moon that Whitley Little and I were able to share this little moment for the world to see. I hope this brings a little joy to your day, wherever you’re quarantined. FaceTime someone you love today.”
In the ad (below), Kenneth sings a cover of True Colors, written by Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg, made popular by the artist Cyndi Lauper in 1986. Kenneth begins singing while communicating remotely with another person. What follows is a montage of people practicing social distancing and sheltering in place, but using technology and creativity to remain social.
Kenneth moved to Wyoming at an early age and attended High School and college in Riverton. For years, Kenneth produced music under the moniker “Automatic Boy.”
“I consider myself very lucky to have spent a lot of my formative years – both personally and creatively – in central Wyoming,” Kenneth told Oil City’s Brittani Wert in 2018.
“As a producer his tracks have been featured in over 80 television shows, commercials and movies in the past five years alone. His eye for TV/film composition combined with an artist-first approach to songwriting have made H. Kenneth a versatile juggernaut in a variety of commercial music applications,” Kenneth’s website biography says. “H. Kenneth has also broken into the international music world, collaborating with artists in Italy, Germany, Spain and more. The diversity and attention to detail that H. Kenneth introduces to every track transcends genres, borders & expectation.”
The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.