Cary Kanno

Cary Kanno

 Elmhurst, Illinois, USA

Acoustic rock to pop music mixed together with chunks of funk and hip hop. Featuring layers of harmonies, catchy hooks, and well crafted songs.


As of late 2009 Cary Kanno One was being played on over 150 radio stations across the US and Canada (see list on website). Songs have also been picked up and played on dozens of podcasts. Recently a song Cary wrote and performed was picked up and licensed by the Showtime Network and featured in a commercial for the TV show "Weeds".

Bio: "CKP" Kanno is constantly in search of new musical frontiers. Based out of Chicago IL, he formed and continues to play with well known bands the Abstract Giants, and Doko Benjo. In search of fresh creative outlet in 2009 he simultaneously released his two solo full length albums simply called "Cary Kanno One" and "Cary Kanno Two". Both were recorded and produced primarily at CKP studios, Cary's home studio. They feature an array of guests from Abstract Giants, Doko Benjo, and other musician friends. Cary performed all engineering, mixing, mastering and production as well as played bass, keyboards, pedal steel, banjo, guitar, and percussion. The albums have been well received by both fans and industry alike.

Cary has opened for many well known acts including: Rusted Root, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Robert Randolph, The Gza, The Rza, Lyrics Born, Mr. Lif, Buckwheat Zydeco, Jean Gray, DJ Z-Trip, The Redwalls, Poi Dog Pondering, Eyedea, Andrew Bird, Bernie Worrell, Digible Planets, and many more

For more info see


Cary Kanno "One"
Cary Kanno "Two"

"One" is currently being played by over 150 radio stations across the US and Canada.


we love [the album].
- David Rocha, KCSS 91.9 FM Music Director

"Just wanted to update you that you are getting some major play here at WMCR, I believe you were in our Top 10 for this week - which is awesome......
So, I just wanted to tell you that we're enjoying your album and good luck!"
- Amanda Moser, Music Director - WMCR the Sound

"I really enjoyed the record. :) I wish you the best of luck! Keep up the good work!"
- Sammi, KGAR 93.3 FM Music Director

"Keep up the great music Cary"
- Chelsea and Alex, Music Department KWCR 88.1FM

"listened to 'One' this AM. Terrific! Thanks for sending it along. It'll hit our new rock shelf tomorrow. 'Run From Yourself' a great track."
- Jeff/WMHB 89.7 FM, Colby Coll., Waterville, ME

"both of your releases I found to be well suited for airplay here..... This week, your release "Two" is charting on our Urban Top 10. Enjoy...
Very pleased that you provided your releases to us for airplay Cary."
- Ron Burd, Music Director CIUT 89.5 FM Radio Toronto

Set List

Cary can play up to a 4 hour set.
The typical set list varies depending on the audience, but it's mostly originals with a cover or two thrown in.