Cary “CKP” Kanno cut his teeth early with bands in Chicago Illinois. Gritty and unabashedly Midwest, the Abstract Giants (hip hop/ funk band), and Doko Benjo (rock/ funk band) were locally successful and served as a springboard to foster his talents as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Cary’s solo career began in 2009 when he simultaneously released two solo albums simply called “Cary Kanno One” and “Cary Kanno Two”. Reception to the records was overwhelmingly positive. They were played on over 150 radio stations worldwide. From there he released Changes (2012), Under The Sun (2013), and A Little More Love (2014). Songs from these albums have been placed with Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, Gas Jeans (Europe), Volkswagen, The Voice (NBC), Discovery Channel, TLC, WE Network, Bravo Network, Nissan, Ford Motor Co, Putumayo World Music, Weeds on Showtime, and many more.
Cary plays over 80 live gigs per year, and has opened for many well-known acts including: Rusted Root, Gabriela y Rodrigo, Robert Randolph, The Gza, The Rza, Lyrics Born, Mr. Lif, Buckwheat Zydeco, Jean Gray, DJ Z-Trip, The Redwalls, Poi Dog Pondering, Eyedea, Andrew Bird, Bernie Worrell, Doomtree, Del the Funky Homosapien, to name a few.