Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Kris Bell is an award winning Rock Artist who’s brand of High-Octane Rock & Roll fuses dynamic riff laden hooks and raw, emotional storytelling with commanding vocals and ferocious jamming, creating an infectious American Rock sound.
Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Kris began playing guitar at age nine and grew up playing the Southern California music scene until 2005 when he moved to Nashville, TN. Once there, he was quickly hired as the Lead Guitarist for American Idol’s Bo Bice. He has performed on numerous national TV programs such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live with Regis & Kelly, and MTV’s TRL. He has also recorded on a Gold record, appeared in a number one music video on MTV and VH1, and performed with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot, Hank Williams Jr., 3 Doors Down and most recently, with Warrior’s Pride on the 2016 Rock Legends Cruise.
Kris has been awarded the MCMA “Best Rock Guitarist” in 2011, 2013, and 2014 and was also named “Band of the Year”,“Album of the Year”, and “Best Live Show” by Nashville Rock. He has released two full length albums to date. “Turn it On, Turn it Up” (2010), attained heavy rotation on over 150 radio stations throughout the US while also securing licensing to MTV, FOX, and The Discovery Networks for music placement in over thirty programs.
His latest, “The Day & The Dark” was named “Album of the Year” by Steve O’s Music Madness and Boomerocity.com raves, “In The Day & The Dark, Kris Bell gets it. He gets Rock. He gets tone. He gets lyrical hooks. He gets melody. He gets what it takes to grab the listener by the ears and not let go until they're rockin' right along with him, making them, and us, fans for life. Kris Bell is the real deal!” With hard-driving Rock anthems, and heart-wrenching power ballads, “The Day & The Dark” delivers eleven tracks of pure American Rock wrapped in thunderous grooves and massive guitars and is a profound journey through life and the lessons we learn along the way.
Off the heels of his new album, a Mid-West tour, and the RLCIV, Kris now joins Two Wolf, a new project started by Blackfoot founding member, bassist Greg T. Walker, Grammy award winning drummer Tommy Curiale, and award winning guitarist, Brad Sayre. Together, the sound of Two Wolf is best described as “Hardcore Southern Rock” - big, powerful, and demanding attention. The band is currently in rehearsals and recording pre-production sessions.