KING OF COOL: KEVIN AHART

Portrait photography by Maria Alvarez                      Custom suit and shirt by Hall Madden

Kevin Ahart, an Austinite-turned-Los Angeleno, who has all the musical stylings of a modern-day Sinatra is taking the music industry by storm. Here, join Lance Avery Morgan as he catches up with his old pal about classic style and music that really swings. In fact, when you’re in L.A., his next engagement is a two-nighter on March 2-3 at the Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills at 8PM. For more information visit http://www.kevinahart.com

My style icon is…That would be very difficult to narrow down to one individual. Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Prince Charles. For modern cats, there’s Wynton Marsalis.

My personal style signifier is…Classic to very classic and always a little something blue to add a punch for the eyes. For a more casual look I prefer a style akin to the 50s and 60s.

Best career advice I’ve received is…Be yourself, it’s something to strive for in life as a whole. Authenticity is my word of the day every day.

Three qualities that got me where I am today are…The 3 P’s: Polite, Professional and Punctual.

How I made my first dollar…When I was nine my father opened up Austin Pizza Garden in South Austin. We had a very long parking area, so I would drive a golf cart to pick up customers and shuttle them to the front door. My proud father would give me a few bucks at the end of a night’s work. My first legitimate job, however, was working as a range and cart tenant at Jack Nicklaus’ The Hills of Lakeway Golf Club. I guess I have a thing for golf carts.

Last thing I binge/marathon watched…I just finished The Crown, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and Stranger Things. It’s amazing how late one will stay up just to find out how a few kids in the 80s handle The Upside Down alternate dimension.

Book that left a lasting impression on me…The Way Of The Samurai by Inazo Nitobe.

First album I bought was…The vinyl I first purchased to start my collection, Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely. I am aware that was an odd choice being a teenager.

On my bucket list…There are two stages from which I would love to perform, Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl.

If I could live in a foreign city it would be…I wouldn’t mind living in Paris for a bit. You could probably add that to my bucket list.

If I could compete in an Olympic sport it would be: Besides basketball I was a track athlete in school. I loved jumping and running the first leg of the sprint relay. Those events would have been amazing to perform at an Olympic level.

My perfect day would end…Watching The Philadelphia Story with a good fire and a fine port.

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