Kerry is the son of multi-award winning country music artist, Dottie West, and for years served as her tour manager and sound engineer. Since 1993, Kerry has been employed as audio engineer for country music entertainer, Ronnie Milsap.
Over the years, Kerry has engineered concert performances for artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Kenny Rogers, Alison Krauss, Marty Stewart, Steve Wariner, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Restless Heart, The Whites, Dobie Gray, Gary Chapman, Milsa Mason, Don Potter, Linda Davis, John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard), Don Moen (Integrity Music), Nicolette Larson, Mel Tillis, LuLu Roman (Hee Haw), worship leader Don Poythress, and sister Shelly West, as well as speakers like Joe Gibbs (former coach of the Washington Redskins, NASCAR team owner) and Charles Simpson (editor, One-to-One Magazine).
As a studio engineer in Nashville, Kerry has had the opportunity to work with some of country music’s finest: Trisha Yearwood, Lari White, Deanna Carter, Connie Smith, and many others, including Christian artists Rachael Lampa, Jim Cole, Kelly Willard, Bruce Carroll, LuLu Roman (Hee Haw), Larry Ford (Gaither Homecoming videos), Terry Franklin (former Gaither Vocal Band member), and Stephen Hill (Gaither Homecoming videos).
He has recorded demos for some of the hottest writers in Nashville, whose songs went on to top the national charts:
- I’m Looking For Something In Red, written by Angela Kaset, recorded by Lorrie Morgan.
- You And Only You, written by Chuck Jones, recorded by John Berry.
- Love A Little Stronger, written by Chuck Jones and Billy Crittenden, recorded by Diamond Rio.
- Faithfully, written by Pam Rose and Chuck Jones, recorded by Peter Cetera.
- It’s What I Do, written by Chuck Jones, recorded by Billy Dean.
- He has also engineered sessions for Maranatha Music’s “Praise Series,“ for producer Dan Willard. (Praise 18, 19, and 20)
To his credit, Kerry has engineered sessions for television, including music for the History Channel, NASCAR, and ESPN. He also designs audio systems for churches and theaters around the country, including the Ronnie Milsap Theater in Myrtle Beach, SC, as well as conducting audio seminars across the region. In 1999, Kerry opened his own studio, WestHouse Recording, where he and Kenna produce projects for artists, as well as custom projects and song demos.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” —James 1:2,3
“Kerry is one of the most dedicated guys to his family and work I know. He is the first one at the job and the last one to leave. When you are in Kerry’s hands you don’t have to worry, all you need to do is deliver the ‘message’ and he takes care of the rest in a very professional matter.”
—James Ryle, “Truth Works Ministries,” Founding board member of “Promise Keepers”
“I’ve known Kerry West for many years. He is truly a man blessed by God, with many talents. As a recording engineer, he is phenomenal! Then there is Kerry West, the teacher&elip; a man who has patience, and shares his knowledge with others. Then there is Kerry West, the father, who lives his life for his wife and son. Kerry is really the kindest person I've ever known. He’s a man I have that soul connection with. I’m proud to know you, Kerry.”
—Ronnie Milsap, Entertainer