Chris Genteel's music is about building, finding, and repairing and dreaming up the bridges that link us together. This vision springs from an upbringing rich with a kaleidoscope of musical and cultural influences, and the basic understanding that music, like people, has much more in common than in conflict.
His bridging of rock, soul and hip-hop is a natural integration of the eclectic music that has helped form his identity. In the great tradition of John Lennon, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Lauryn Hill and others, Genteel sings his soul through his music.
As a self-managed music entrepreneur, Chris has organized tours across the eastern seaboard and other US destinations, including New Orleans, where his band was featured at the House of Blues during JazzFest ’05. He organized and headlined the Music is Freedom Tour which was aimed and educating disenfranchised citizens about their rights as voters.
Chris has also worked on the business side of the performing arts as a consultant for EmcArts, where he interacted on many levels with performers, administrators, policy-makers, teaching-artists, and anyone else involved in improving the health of the arts and culture in America.
Chris was born and raised in New York City’s lower east side, and lives currently in Ann Arbor, Michigan.