Christopher Kent Biography
Christopher Kent is a long-time singer-songwriter and recording artist; he is also a professional writer and editor who has authored more than 200 published how-to, science and general-interest articles. Help and Hope is his first book & CD set. He is currently releasing new material on this website near the beginning of every month.
As a young musician Christopher spent four years touring North America, Europe and Japan with the American Boychoir, where he received intensive training in voice and music theory. In high school and college he taught himself to play guitar and began writing songs and performing in local venues. During this time he also began writing essays and short novels and developed a lifelong interest in human behavior, leading to a Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Haverford College.
After college Christopher moved to New York City where he continued to nurture his twin interests in music and writing. In the ensuing years he became a winner of the New York Songwriters’ Competition, held at that time by the major music publishers of New York. Meanwhile, he performed in dozens of clubs throughout the region, including the Bitter End; in addition to solos shows, he opened for well-known acts like Annie Haslam and Grammy-winner Janis Ian. Christopher also served as a musical representative for the New York City Parks Department and Hospital Audiences, Inc. (since renamed the Healing Arts Initiative). During this time Christopher also taught a highly praised songwriting course for five years, attended by more than 300 students. Meanwhile, to keep his writing skills honed, he helped pay the rent by creating educational materials for several companies, eventually becoming a staff writer for two science/medical trade magazines.
In the Philadelphia area, Christopher appeared multiple times on the Kid’s Corner radio program on WXPN, opened for Francis Dunnery at the Tin Angel, and gave a popular five-part songwriting lecture series at the Barnes & Noble superstore in downtown Philadelphia.
Christopher has released four albums (including 2018’s Earthsongs) and multiple singles, including several original Christmas songs that will eventually comprise a Christmas album. The first Christmas song he released a few years ago, called Songs of the Season, was reviewed at axs.com, an industry website; the reviewer called it “Christopher Kent’s holiday masterpiece….perhaps the best holiday standard you’ve never heard.” Songs of the Season recently became a finalist for Best Holiday Song in the JPF International Songwriting Competition as well. Chris’s recordings have been heard on radio stations up and down the East Coast, and his recording of his poem ‘Twas the Day of Thanksgiving has been played by Dr. Demento on his nationally popular, long-running show.
Today Christopher devotes most of his time to writing and producing new material, although he still appears at music festivals and clubs in the tri-state area, including annual appearances at the Boalsburg Memorial Day festival and Penn State’s Great Insect Fair and occasional appearances at events like The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. He’s currently finishing two new concept albums titled The Heart Chronicles and Wild Ideas: Songs From the Edge; beginning in 2019 he’ll be releasing new tracks from those albums every month or two as those projects are completed, along with an occasional poem or essay. Chris has also been releasing a collection of early recordings called The Basement Tapes on this website; all of those recordings should all have been released by some time in 2019, with the collection to be released as a CD soon after. Meanwhile, he’s working on a how-to songwriting book based on the course he taught in New York City, as well as a follow-up to his book Staying Off the Wheel of Misfortune, called The Tyranny of Certainty.
Christopher currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife Lynn. He recently completed his 160th song.