Who is Soft Open, you may ask yourself. This is not my beautiful house, this is not my beautiful wife. How did I get here? Flashback, warm nights, almost left behind in Las Vegas when Kenward Cooper was a kid in the city getting his American Kix off with weekly trips to the record shop, buying up every LP and magazine in sight, until he started his own zine called Rockstar and covered the LA scene and beyond. Mark Slaughter was his guitar teacher, long before the rocker was Up All Night, sleeping all day. 
Kenward started a band in high school with Ashley Hamilton (son of actor George Hamilton). They had development deals with labels at 16 years old. One company flew them to NYC for a couple weeks of recording. They put them up at the Chelsea Hotel, in the room Nancy died. Kenward saw a ghost for the first time. 
In the late 90’s Kenward Cooper had a band with then wife, in Vegas. Her being French, they promoted themselves as a modern day Bonnie & Clyde, ala Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot. Kenward later found out he shares the same birthday as Bardot. Many years later the boy/girl image they presented as This Episode had now been adopted by White Stripes, and countless bands after would follow suit. 
The wife would run off with a pre-Killers band member. Kenward would move to NYC. It was there he met one of the Good Charlotte brothers. Emails exchanged, songs sent. One of which would end up being transformed into a Hillary Duff hit. A different kind of ghost.
When something’s going wrong, you must whip it. Go forward, move ahead. 
Soft Open is Kenward’s latest offering. Open up and say ahh. The single “My Favorite Records” released January 2019 is produced by Rick Parker (Lord Huron, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club). Also known for his band in the 80’s called Lions & Ghosts, whom released two records on EMI. Guest starring on the track is Michael Lockwood, also from that band, and former musical director for Lisa Marie Presley, Aimee Mann, and Fiona Apple.
Watch the video and you’ll see all Kenward’s favorite records. Take your pick, George Michael’s “Faith,” Japan’s “Gentlemen Take Polaroids,” Cheap Trick’s debut self-title. None of these belong in the same sentence or collection. They do if your moniker is Soft Open, and the single is called “My Favorite Records.” It’s only music, and music is a mood. This single celebrates influences and inspirations. 
Dreaming is free. Do you like good music, do you like to dance? Live baby live, now that the day is over. I’m gonna play my favorite records.

Some time between March 30th and April 2nd, 2019 the Public Storage unit in Gardena, CA belonging to Kenward Cooper was broken into, 3 of his prized guitars were stolen. The Gretsch guitars (White Falcon II, and Anniversary Model Two-tone Smoke Green) are the instruments he uses on all his music projects – as seen in the Soft Open video for ‘My Favorite Records.’

The Gibson L50 acoustic in particular belonged to his father and is the one thing in his possession to carry him forward with after he’s gone.

We are grateful for NBC News for covering this story. Please share on every social media platform you possibly can to help recover these irreplaceable instruments!!!

Forward any information you have to Kenward or the Los Angeles Police Department:

Kenward/Attn: Glambone


Harbor Station Police Dept

(310) 726-7700

Gretsch White Falcon II, Gretsch Anniversary 1993, Gibson 1950’s L50 all STOLEN from Public Storage in Gardena, CA between March 30 – April 2, 2019