Rocking for Herne Bay… Kris Searle and Carl Crane
AN OFFICIAL Grammy-considered artist will debut two new songs at a fund-raising event for a music studio on Herne Bay Pier.
Kris Searle, who grew up in Herne Bay but built a music business in LA, has moved back to his home town and set up Inspire U Records with friend Carl Crane.
The pair launched an internet fund-raising campaign via website Kickstarter and hope to have pledges totalling £4,000 by Monday, March 2.
The event, at Very Vintage in William Street on Friday (February 20), will add to the appeal for specialist equipment for a studio in one of the beach huts on the pier.
Kris first started playing music after his dad Anthony gave him a guitar, and it was his father’s wish that Kris should inspire others.
He said: “Dad was a local all his life and before he passed away in 2006 we had a conversation in the hospital about what my future company should be called.
“After a few minutes’ thought, Dad said ‘Inspire’, and when I asked why he said I inspired him and he wanted me to use my talent to inspire others.
“I named my company Inspire U Music because everything we do is with integrity and love for the people who trust us with their artistic development.
“I genuinely want to support and help Herne Bay’s music scene evolve using my experience and skills. This is my home and my community and I want the best for them.”
The fund-raising event will also feature four local musicians and three local DJs who are already working with Inspire U.
Music store Music Bay has donated a new acoustic guitar with case for a prize draw and the £5 entry ticket includes entry in the draw and a £5 voucher off any future Music Studio on the Pier session or lesson at Kris Searle Performance Coaching.
The Music Studio on the Pier is supported by Herne Bay Pier Trust. A range of rewards are on offer for people who pledge via the Kickstarter website, including free recording sessions.
During half term, Kris and Carl are offering hour-long masterclass recording and performance sessions for £35. Performers will receive hints and tips, professional performance secrets and a recording of their song.