Kenton Chen

Kenton Chen

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Emerging from a cappella and jazz roots, Kenton Chen is a unique pop-centric voice that is hauntingly pure and soulfully melancholy. From his solo a cappella act to his bare honest lyrics, Kenton surprises his audience with his unassuming, playful, and evocative communication through song.

Biography

Emerging from a cappella and jazz roots, Kenton Chen is a unique pop-centric voice that is hauntingly pure and soulfully melancholy. From his solo a cappella act to his bare honest lyrics, Kenton surprises his audience with his unassuming, playful, and evocative communication through song.

The Fierce Tears EP, released July 2011, is Kenton’s second release as a solo artist, a preview of his forthcoming full-length album. The three-song EP showcases not only Kenton Chen’s soaring, pristine vocals but also his prowess as a lyricist with the evocative “Enough.”

“At my best, my songwriting is simple and poignant, revealing my heart in the only way I know how: through stories as I see them around me,” Kenton explains of his mindset in approaching new songs. “For me, it’s not just about music. It’s about using music to foster an open, honest, and conscious community .”

A native of Irvine, CA, Kenton grew up taking violin lessons from his father and singing in church bands and school choirs. After graduating from USC with a degree in Vocal Jazz and performing with the internationally renowned , award-winning SoCal VoCals, Kenton gained national attention as the music director and founding member of The Backbeats, 2nd runner-up on Season 2 of NBC's The Sing-Off. Their dynamic a cappella renditions of everything from Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” to Beyonce’s “If I Were A Boy” were a testament to Kenton’s keen sense of musical direction as well as his skills as a group leader.

An avid songwriter, he combined his jazz, classical, and pop influences on his first solo album Something About Love, (released February 2010). Along with his well-received debut, Kenton has shared the stage with artists as Sheryl Crow, Sara Bareilles, Stevie Wonder, and Natalie Cole. Kenton also actively supports music education in schools and is a sought-after vocal teacher in Los Angeles, teaching classes at Musicians Institute.

After opening for Ben Folds on a series of successful East and West Coast shows in 2011, Kenton is looking forward to exploring his full band sound as he develops his newest album.

With music that is playful, thoughtful, and full of heart, Kenton Chen is ready to take center stage.

Lyrics

Fierce Tears

Written By: Kenton Chen

You took the midnight, east-bound flight to Chicago
We bid goodbye and thought that all was fine
I watched you go, how could I know
that the time we'd left between us was so fleeting?
Now I'm looking with regret at our last meeting

It's not right to lose your light so early on
But I will fight to live a life worth holding on
Keep, keep holding on, you're not gone
Keep, keep holding on

They say two years and I say to hell with what they say
It's such a waste of time to count the days
Come on let's move, we've yet to choose
all the dangers and adventures we'll be chasing
Every thrill I share with you has no replacing

(But) It's not right to lose your light so early on
But I will fight to live a life worth holding on
Keep, keep holding on, you're not gone
Keep, keep holding on

We used to dream that we'd conquer the world together
A team of bandits, taking on whatever
Well, sands still run I'm not done
You can't run away yet
I still need you, I won't let you fly

Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage, rage against the dying of the light

Believe In

Written By: Kenton Chen

Lights, lights, flash, flash, Walking through the door
Everybody goes oh, When I hit the floor
Fine fresh, fresh fine, Bodies in this club
Everyone throw your hands up While I remix this

Dubstep, two-step, Ready go and set a scene
Too inappropriate for your teen Everybody keep on drinking till they lose a spleen
One more verse ‘bout How I rock this sh—
--ping up my words As I purse my lips

I’m so tired of that dirty girl pop, Telling me d-don’t stop
Like a ro-o-obot
Stop trying to sell me sex over the waves, Ladies learn to behave
Leave me something to crave

We’re all looking for something looking for something
something to believe in now
The beat’s got me jumpin, But I won’t keep comin
Back for more unless you make me feel proud
Singing your words, Learning your moves , Living your life
So won’t you help us realize
That we don’t need nothing, We are that something
Something to believe in

Baby, maybe Words don’t have to rhyme
As long as I keep time And Get stuck in your mind
Guess I’ll wear dead babies as a sash
Get dirtier than trash, Anything to get me flash

So you got some major radio play, Paid an homage to gays
Doesn’t make it okay
To teach our children that a crop of your crotch, Will get others to watch
Your career rocket launch

I know, we could use a little bit of ego
There ain’t nothing, wrong with a little flaunting
If you got the goods you gotta let it show
But at what expense are we shootin’ up your confidence
When we’re dressing our kids in short-skirts in mid-drifts
Wondering why they get down like hoes?
I’m so tired of that d-d-d-dirty
I’m so tired of feeling so unworthy
Just cuz I won’t spread my legs, get wasted off kegs,
And party till my body’s ‘bout to blow

Enough

Written By: Kenton Chen

All the room stands still
But the air still quakes
I can feel the thrill fill me up
to a twilight where dreams come awake

Now the lights are low
And you're all aglow
And you play as my day
fades to gray
Now I'm lost in your striking display

Soft and sweet
You and me
Melody
Entwined

And I just can't get, I just can't get enough
I'm addicted, addicted to your love
You're so deep within my skin, that the ceiling starts to spin
And I just can't get, I just can't get enough

There you are again
Right inside my head
And I don't know when I'll be fed
But till then I want nothing else instead
See I feel so high
When you're my supply
All I do is imbue every view
Like it’ll bring me closer to you

Through the beat
You reach me
Breathlessly
In time

And I just can't get, I just can't get enough
I'm addicted, addicted to your love
You're so deep within my skin, that the ceiling starts to spin
And I just can't get, I just can't get enough

Over and over and over
My mind's ablaze in your allure
Over and over and under
You pull me under
Sublime and pure

Take Me Home

Written By: Kenton Chen

I'm in a dry spell
Seems I have lost my spark
And now I'm just searching for danger
As far as I can tell
Fumbling in the dark
No one is that perfect stranger
But you will do just fine

Take me home
If you're looking for love what I'm offering is close enough

Say, why don't we ditch this scene?
Since we both aren't so keen
We'll make something nice between us
This night just might feel right
You feel right

Take me home
If you're looking for love what I'm offering is close enough

I keep on convincing myself that I'm different
That I'm somehow better than scum
But who am I kidding, I am still craving
Desperately seeking the touch of a human
No - I am no different
I'll succumb

Take me home
If you're looking for love what I'm offering is close enough

So just show me a quick sign
Am I worth your time?

Discography

Something About Love (2010)
Fierce Tears EP (2011)
Believe In - Single (2012)

Set List

Varies by gig in loop pedal, indie, soul, and pop songs