ARTIST | PRODUCER | FASHION MODEL | ACTOR
Christopher Kenji is a San Francisco/Bay Area-based independent, multi-instrumentalist artist and producer on a mission to bring heartfelt songwriting, honest lyrics and the spirit of rock ‘n roll back into the mainstream music world.
Since his artist debut in July 2020, Kenji has amassed over 500,000 streams on Spotify and has had his music featured on popular YouTube channels such as Common Sense and CreepDeep as well as on a viral TikTok video made by Ryan Shakes, which Shakes shared with his 6.6 million followers. Kenji's "Summer Fog" music video has also been featured on EVTV Miami as well as in the Prague International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, the Buenos Aires International Film Festival in Argentina, the Munich Music Video Awards in Germany, The Independent Awards in the UK, the High Tatras Film & Video Festival in Slovakia and the Around International Film Festival in Spain, garnering 4 awards (including "Best Music Video") and 4 nominations as well as over 130,000 views on YouTube. Additionally, Christopher Kenji is a former Top 10 West Coast Songwriting Finalist of the international NewSong Music Competition.
Kenji has been featured in Vogue, Harper's BAZAAR, Elle, L'Officiel, Vanity Teen, etc. and and was named "Best Model of 2018" in San Francisco at his first fashion week ever. Since then, he has walked the runway at many fashion weeks including LA Fashion Week, LA Fashion Week (Art Hearts) and Chicago Fashion Week where he also performed a Christopher Kenji acoustic set for CBS, Fox News and other major TV networks. Kenji has done modeling work in association with internationally acclaimed fashion and commercial brands such as Dior and Amazon. He has acted in commercials for AT&T, Marriott, Compass, etc., in promo footage for the 2019 film Greener Grass featuring Saturday Night Live star, Blake Bennett and additionally, in the international fashion campaign for award-winning designer, Ivan Frolov's 2021 clothing line, "STUD", which screened at the Kyiv Molodist International Film Festival in Ukraine and took first place.
Kenji has also done commercial voice-over work and has appeared on the front covers of various magazines ––two of which being, Hot Model Magazine, (which also included Kenji on the front cover of their 2021 calendar plus in an online article which discussed Kenji's modeling and music careers) and SwaggaDigital Magazine, (who made their entire 24th issue on Kenji, titled The Tenacious Hustle of Christopher Kenji, featuring him on 29 pages inside the magazine with a two-page written interview as well as having both its front and back covers feature Kenji ––furthermore, Christopher Kenji has appeared on the front covers of multiple other editorial fashion magazines from all over the world including Pump Magazine (twice), Moevir Magazine, and Shuba Magazine.
Additionally, Christopher Kenji has been a featured guest on The Full Circle Show, the Made For Music Podcast and the Persevere Podcast, and has had his music has covered by various blogs such as The Underground Music Collective, Rock Fueguino and That Buzzing Sound ––his song, "Pretend That It Was Right" was also featured as one of Pop Blitz Magazine's top picks in February 2021.
Musically, Christopher Kenji was predominantly influenced by hard rock throughout his early childhood which inspired him to take up guitar when he was about 10 years old. On his journey though, he became fascinated by traditional blues, Spanish flamenco and percussive fingerstyle guitar, all of which uniquely shaped his playing. He later taught himself how to sing by busking and performing at hundreds of open mic nights --honing his naturally distinctive, dark, raspy singing voice. This was also around the time that he began teaching himself how to produce and engineer his own music.
In 2017, Kenji graduated from Berklee College of Music and has since then, released seven singles. His newest release, "Never Enough" is now available on all streaming platforms and be can be streamed/downloaded from this link here.
To listen to Christopher Kenji’s entire music catalogue, which is available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and over 150 other online stores, click here. To learn more about Christopher, click here to read his interview with SwaggaDigital Magazine or click here to listen to his interview with the Persevere Podcast. To see more of Christopher, click here.
Photographer – Andy Strong,
Makeup Artist/ Hair Stylist – Aksorn Hoshino