Kris Bell

Kris Bell

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Kris Bell's bold mix of Modern, Alternative, and Southern Rock creates his "American Rock" sound with a sweet blend of inspiration from timeless Rock bands of the past and a distinct, innovative, and electrifying approach to today's Rock music.

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Biography

Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Kris Bell is a genuine Rock talent who brings his “American Rock” style out loud and clear with a dynamic range of high-octane Rock anthems and powerful soul-filled ballads that carry his audience through passionate storytelling wrapped in strong, melodic hooks and thunderous guitar driven grooves. He tops his songs off with fiery guitar solos reminiscent of the legends, but with his own signature flare of smooth and bluesy cries capped with intense and ferocious jamming.

With the release of his debut album “Turn it On, Turn it Up”, Kris has attained heavy rotation on over 150 radio stations throughout the US and Canada and was named the “2010 Band and Album of the Year” by Nashvillerock.org. MTV, FOX, and The Discovery Networks have all licensed his music for placement in over thirty of their current programs. At the 2011 Music City Mayhem Awards Kris was awarded “Best Rock Guitarist” while also being nominated in three other categories including Best Male Rock Vocal, Best Rock Song (“Livin’ for Tomorrow”), and Best Live Show. This year Kris received two nominations for “Best Rock Guitar” and “Best Live Show” as well as being named Nashville Rock’s “2011 Best Live Show”. FM102.9 The Buzz DJ Tony Stone states “Kris Bell will be one of the next BIG things to come out of Nashville”.

Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Kris began playing guitar at age seven, performed his first concert at eight, and wrote his first song at thirteen. He cut his teeth playing in the Southern California music scene until 2005 when he relocated to Nashville, TN. After only one month and two auditions, Kris was quickly hired as the Lead Guitarist for American Idol star Bo Bice. During that time, Kris performed on numerous national TV programs, recorded on a major label release, appeared in a number one music video on MTV and VH1, and performed with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., and 3 Doors Down for VH1’s Decades Rock Live which aired on VH1 Classic.

Currently Kris is recording a follow up album to “Turn it On, Turn it Up” at The Castle Studios in Franklin, TN with a release scheduled for late spring.
Experience the music of Kris Bell and the sound of today’s “New” American Rock Artist.

PROFILE:
Professional Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter with over 15 years experience in live performance, studio recording, producing, & touring.

EXPERIENCE:
Solo Artist-2007-present
Nominated for Two 2011 Music City Mayhem Awards:
Best Rock Guitar
Best Live Show
Named Nashville Rocks' 2011 Best Live Show
2010 Music City Mayhem Awards Winner - "Best Rock Guitarist"
Named Nashville Rock's 2010 Band of the Year
Named Nashville Rock's 2010 Album of the Year
Charted #16 Top 40 Buzz Bands of 2010 - FM102.9 The Local Buzz
Nominated for Four 2010 Music City Mayhem Awards:
Best Rock Guitar
Best Male Vocal
Best Live Show
Best Rock Song - "Livin' for Tomorrow"

Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals-Bo Bice- 2005-2007
Toured nationally as the Lead Guitarist/Backing Vocalist to promote and support the debut album, “The Real Thing” with Season Four American Idol runner up Bo Bice, including many live television performances, festivals, amphitheaters, arenas, and master track recordings.

Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals/Songwriter-FITH-1995-2005
Performed extensively on a regional and national level.
Co-wrote and recorded four, full length albums, two of which were nominated for Best Rock Album in 1998 & 2000 at the San Diego Music Awards.

TELEVISION PERFORMANCES:
Graffiti Bar Commercial-Comcast
Live @ 9 Morning Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
CD USA - Direct TV
Live with Regis & Kelly
‘In The Moment, Bo Bice’ - CMT
The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Total Request Live - MTV
“The Real Thing” (Music Video) MTV, VH1, Fuse
Hi Jinks - Nickelodeon
San Antonio Mornings
Decades of Rock Live with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., 3 Doors Down, & Bo Bice - VH1 Classic
Balcony TV

DISCOGRAPHY:
‘Turn it On, Turn it Up” - Kris Bell (2010)
‘American Rock’-Kris Bell (Big Head Rebel 2008)
‘Decades Rock Live with Lynyrd Skynyrd’-DVD (VH1 2006)
‘The Real Thing’-Bo Bice (RCA 2005)
‘12am’-FITH 2005
‘Can’t Stop’-FITH 2002
‘Only Way Out is Up’-FITH 1998
‘Hear Today’-FITH 1996

RECORDING STUDIOS:
The Castle Studios-Franklin, TN
Dark Horse Studios-Franklin, TN
Starstruck Studio-Nashville, TN
Wilderside Studios-Brentwood, TN
Cherokee Studios-Hollywood, CA
Rolling Thunder Studio-San Diego, CA
Capricorn Studio-San Diego, CA
Blackbeard Studios-Nashville, TN/San Diego, CA
Vista Grande Studios-Nashville, TN/La Mesa, CA

AFFILIATES:
AFM
AFTRA
ASCAP
TAXI

Lyrics

Livin' for Tomorrow

Written By: Kris Bell


-LIVIN’ FOR TOMORROW-

Life is much too short to get all hung up
In all the drama, go cry it to your mama
‘Cause I’ve ‘bout heard enough
A lot of s____ been said, so let me make it clear
You may think you know, but you have no idea
Chorus:
I’m livin’ for tomorrow
I’m not lookin’ back on yesterday
Yeah I’m livin’ for tomorrow
And I’m movin’ forward today
2.
Every time I see your face it brings me back around
To everything you did and all that s___ you said
And how it all went down
I’m just trying to make it through hell, find my way
If you don’t like it change the channel, turn the dial
Tune in again another day
Chorus:
‘cause I’m livin’ for tomorrow
I’m not lookin’ back on yesterday
I’m livin’ for tomorrow
And I’m movin’ forward today
Bridge:
I’m moving forward
movin’ forward
Chorus:
livin’ for tomorrow
I’m not lookin’ back on yesterday
livin’ for tomorrow
And I’m moving forward today
I’m movin’ forward
Get out of my way

Lyrics & Music by: Kris Bell Copyright 2010 All rights reserved

I Know the Sun will Call

Written By: Kris Bell

-I KNOW THE SUN WILL CALL-

You are the rain, that I’m standing out in
Soaking up every drop, I never want it to end
You are the sun, blinds my eyes as I stare
Into your brilliant light, will you take me there

Onto each life
A little rain must fall
When the storm passes on
I know the sun will call

I have regrets, mistakes I’ve made that I live with
Haunted by the past, asking forgiveness

Onto each life
A little rain must fall
When the storm passes on
I know the sun will call

Yeah I know the sun will call, call on me
Yeah I know the sun will call, call on me
Yeah I hear him callin’

Onto each life
A little rain must fall
When the storm passes on
I know the sun will call

You are the rain, that I’m standing out in

Music & Lyrics By:
Kris Bell
copyright 2010
all rights reserved

What Song is It

Written By: Kris Bell

Bloodshot eyes and ringin' ears
The echo of a thousand people cheerin'
An achy head and a clouded mind
Another late night and too much wine

Yeah too much wine…

The sound of the tires rollin' on
As I crawl out my bunk
To see the world pass me by
With every state line and exit sign

I'm playin for a sold out crowd, I see 'em all rockin' out
Throw your hands in the air
Playin' your favorite song, I hear 'em all sing along
What song is it that you wanna hear

Everyday now seems to fade
Different towns all look the same
Sound-checks in smokey bars
To fancy hotels in long black cars

I'm playin for a sold out crowd, I see 'em all rockin' out
Throw your hands in the air
Playin' your favorite song, I hear 'em all sing along
What song is it that you wanna hear
What song is it...

I feel the blood pumpin' through my veins
As I step off the bus and I take the stage

'Cause I'm playin' for a sold out crowd, I see 'em all rockin' out
Throw your hands in the air
Playin' your favorite song, I hear 'em all sing along
So throw back another beer yeah, yeah
I'm playin' your favorite song, I hear 'em all sing along
What song is it that you wanna hear

Runnin' Out on You

Written By: Kris Bell

Used to think, you were gonna be famous one day
You always felt so much more important than all of your friends
But all your plans and all your little schemes never turned out in the end
Step on back, take a look at yourself and answer this my friend

Where are you gonna run to now that time is runnin' out
Where are you gonna run to now that time is runnin' out

I used to think that you were the guiding light in my life
Together we could do just about anything, sky's the limit tonight
But all those days and all those dreams are gone they're gone with the wind
On a cold and lonely Tuesday morning
Blown away my friend

Where are you gonna run to now that time is runnin' out
Where are you gonna run to now that time is runnin' out

Are you gonna hide away
Never to show your face
When will you realize
All you have to do is just apologize

Where are you gonna run to now that time is runnin' out
Where are you gonna run to now that time is runnin' out

Yeah runnin' out on you
Runnin' out on you
Runnin' out on you
Runnin' out on you

music & lyrics by:
Kris Bell
copyright 2010
all rights reserved

Grey

Written By: Kris Bell

You never looked as beautiful as you did that night
Standing in the doorway saying goodbye
I remember everything you said
You told me that you loved me
But you're leaving again

Maybe I'll find a way
Back to you again someday
In my world, the colors all fade away
Now all I see is Grey

Waking up without you is a torturous way
To go through life, to start each day
Every night when I go to bed
I say a little prayer
We'll be together again

Maybe I'll find a way
Back to you again someday
In my world, the colors all fade away
Now all I see is Grey

music &lyrics by:
Kris Bell
copyright 2010
all rights reserved

My So-called Friend

Written By: Kris Bell

In your eyes I see the night
In the stars I see your eyes
And this time I know what it means

Fifteen years become today
All that time has gone to waste
Its not my place so I won’t stay
But its probably for the best anyway

In times like these, now I see
My so called friend is my enemy
In times like these, its clear to see
My so called friend, you’re my enemy

Would I take it back if I could
Well I just don’t think that I would
I know you feel the same way too
So what do we say and what do we do

In times like these, now I see
My so called friend is my enemy
In times like these, its clear to see
My so called friend, you’re my enemy

You are not my friend, you’re my enemy
You are not my friend, you’re my enemy
You wanted it this way, now you finally got it made
No you are not my friend

lyrics & music by:
Kris Bell
copyright 2010
all rights reserved

With You in Mind

Written By: Kris Bell

In this daylight I say to you
Please don’t go away, no I need you here
I can’t believe the day has come
Oh now I’m the one to carry on

My tattooed arms are a sign
With you in mind
My tattooed arms are a sign
With you

Taken back by the color of life
With jaded eyes and faded smiles I see the face of love
I reach my hand out to grab
What I’ve never had to hold before

My tattooed arms are a sign
With you in mind
My tattooed arms are a sign
With you yeah

Everything I know, everyone I see, everywhere I go
With you in mind
Everywhere I am, everyone I meet, everything I have

My tattooed arms are a sign
With you in mind
My tattooed arms are a sign
With you yeah

Everything I know, everyone I see, everywhere I go
With you in mind
Everywhere I am, everyone I meet, everything I have
With you in mind
Every word is true, everyone I touch, everything I do
With you in mind yeah

lyrics & music by:
Kris Bell
copyright 2010
all rights reserved

Discography

'Turn it On, Turn it Up'
Kris Bell (2010)

American Rock (EP)
Kris Bell
Big Head Rebel-2008

VH1 Decades Rock Live with
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr.,
3 Doors Down, & Bo Bice (DVD)
VH1-2006

The Real Thing-Dual Disc
Bo Bice
RCA-2005

Plain & Simple
FITH
indie-2005

Can't Stop
FITH
indie-2002

Only Way Out Is Up
FITH
indie-1998

Hear Today
FITH
indie-1996

Set List

Kris Bell's performances range from intimate, soulful, solo/acoustic shows, to intense, high energy, full band productions that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of each venue.

Below is the current Kris Bell "Full Band" Set List:

Originals:
1. Livin’ For Tommorrow
2. I Know The Sun Will Call
3. What Song is It
4. Runnin' Out on You
5. Grey
6. The Wrong Road
7. Losing Faith
8. Destined
9. My So-called Friend
10. Letter of Goodbye
11. With You in Mind
12. Will I Believe
13. Bad Mutha
14. I Hope You're Proud
15. Feed the Beast
16. The Missing
17. This Cross
18. I Should've Known
19. Hereafter
20. You Can Take it All
21. Remember Amber
22. The Match
23. Best Enemies

Covers:
1. Layla- Eric Clapton
2. Bell Bottom Blues-Eric Clapton
3. Wanted Dead or Alive-Bon Jovi
4. Rockin’ In the Free World-Neal Young
5. Whipping Post-The Allman Brothers
6. Sweet Melissa-The Allman Brothers
7. Dreams-The Allman Brothers
8. Super