A native of the Space Coast of Florida, Chris grew up just miles from the NASA launchpads. He started performing steadily around Central Florida during the late 1990’s and released his self-titled debut to rave reviews in the Florida press. In 2000, his song “Bring Us Together” was used in a regional TV advert.
After graduating from Rollins College, Chris continued his musical journey in London for the next few years where he gigged constantly in clubs, and busked nightly in the subways of the London Underground. He was met by enthusiastic audiences while touring the UK, Ireland, and Germany, and performed live numerous times on British TV and radio, including the BBC. During this period he released the Odessa Morning EP and Up From the Underground, which received airplay all over Europe and featured top London players, such as pedal steel legend BJ Cole.
After returning to Florida, Chris released the album Orange Blossom Memories in 2006. In this nostalgic ode to his home state, he includes not only songs about the Florida good life, but of the state’s history as well. His song "Floridiana Hotel" was honored as one of the Top 10 New Florida Songs of 2006. His 2nd Florida-themed album, Sunshine Kid, was released in March 2009. This album contains “Out on Cedar Key” which was a winner of the Will McLean Florida Songwriting Contest.
Chris continues to travel extensively throughout Florida to perform at music festivals, museums, libraries, community centers, and schools to bring his educational performances to K-12 students and adults statewide.
A modern Florida Troubadour, Chris looks forward to delighting audiences with performances of his music for years to come.
Chris Kahl is folk musician and performer that presents a music and storytelling program titled, “A Musical Journey Through Florida.” His presentation consists of original songs and stories highlighting the state’s culture and history. He performs statewide, and his programs have been sponsored by the Florida State Touring Roster, Florida Humanities Council Road Scholar program, Florida Historical Society and Stetson University’s Continuing Education Program.
He also works as a teaching artist in schools presenting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programs to teach students scientific and mathematical concepts through music. These programs consist of activities that demonstrate scientific concepts relating to music by constructing and playing different instruments. The hands-on arts integrated lessons are designed to motivate students to learn while developing critical thinking and problem solving skills. His school programs have been sponsored by the Brevard Cultural Alliance, United Arts of Central Florida, Hillsborough Arts Council, and VSA Florida.
In addition to his educational performances and residencies, Chris also presents Music Enrichment programs for students and adults with developmental disabilities in classroom and group home settings.
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