Roger Kenerly started out his musical journey as a teenager with the Young Saints Academy of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California. There he gained valuable, on the job experience in Vocal training and performance and the allied arts such as sound, lights and set design. The Young Saints, while also being a working group, afforded him the great fortune to perform on the Jonathan Winters, Andy Griffith and Perry Como T.V. shows, as well as the Ed Sullivan Show in New York and with Lena Horne in Los Angeles. They traveled to Reno/Tahoe and worked with Eddie Albert and in Las Vegas with Danny Kaye at the Las Vegas Hilton. In addition, they were invited to the White House for a command performance for the President and Mrs. Nixon and their guests, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
He also had the great experience of recording with Ike and Tina Turner on the Jimmy Cliff album which piqued his desire to work in the recording industry. As a background singer and Drummer/Percussionist, he has recorded with The Jacksons, Van Morrison, Dr. John, Lou Reed, Thelma Houston, Dolly Parton, Blondie, The Four Seasons, Diana Ross, Switch, Jermaine Jackson, Jimmy Walker, Donald Byrd and Country Joe McDonald. He also performed on the Movie sound tracks of American Gigolo, For Ladies Only, Carnival, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. He was signed to Warner Bros. Records as the leader of rock group, Duct Butter, as well as the Chelsea Records duo, Stuff n’ Ramjett. He also recorded an album for Arista Records called, Saint and Stephanie.
He landed in Las Vegas for good in 1981, playing drums for Phyllis Kelly on Cleopatra’s Barge in Caesar’s Palace. When Phyllis made the decision to go to a production show, the job was given to Roger. He led the band for 2 years from behind the drum set and then decided to front the band. He was at Caesar’s Palace from 1982-1990. He has since held house band jobs at Treasure Island, The Venetian, The Palazzo, The Paris and Bally’s.