Kris has been performing for as long as she can remember. Her mom used to tell a story of Kris getting up in front of her kindergarten class and singing "I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say No" (prophetically?) from the musical, OKLAHOMA.
After catching her, at age 7, with her nose pressed to the closed glass door of the family room, watching longingly as her big sister had a piano lesson, Kris' parents bought her her first guitar. She's been playing and singing ever since.
Kris made her living as a folksinger in the Midwest during the late '70s, performing in bars, at colleges, for ERA rallies and various concert venues. During that time, she produced an album of original tunes called "Strong Again." When she moved to the Bay Area in 1981, she
|abandoned music for a time to pursue her second love, theater. She was the first woman Artistic Director for the country's oldest gay/lesbian theater company, San Francisco's Theatre Rhinoceros...planning a six-play mainstage season for a subscriber base of approximately 2,000. She had the good fortune to be able to direct world-premiere plays by emerging gay and lesbian playwrights and work with some of the Bay Area's gifted actors and designers. Among her accomplishments for Theatre Rhino, she is most proud of having produced the award-winning "AIDS SHOW", the first theatrical piece addressing the AIDS crisis in America....and also of having hosted a National Lesbian Playwriting Contest.
Since retiring from the theater, Kris has performed as a duet with fiddle/mandolin player and singer, Crystal Reeves. She joined Out On A Clef in 1999 and has had a joyous several years of making music with the gals.
In October of 2002, she released a new CD of music entitled "Songs I Wish I'd Written." To learn more about Kris or purchase one of her CDs, you can visit her website, krisgannon.com