Public Displays: The Songs of Kevin Scott Hall & Ura Griban
April 28th at The Duplex, 4:00 PM
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About Kevin

Kevin was born in rural Maine and raised in north central Massachusetts. After receiving his B.A. from Gordon College, he moved to New York to embark on an acting career. During his twenties, he studied at HB Studios and other schools and made the audition rounds. He appeared in a handful of off-off-Broadway and summer stock productions, including The Shadow Box, The Pirates of Penzance, Hello Dolly!, Androcles and the Lion, and a summer with the New York Renaissance Festival.

Over time, Kevin transitioned to the nightclubs as a soloist and occasional songwriter. He worked for many years at the legendary Rose’s Turn piano bar, and had his own shows in such venues as Don’t Tell Mama, The Triad, The Duplex, Judy’s, Eureka Joe, and also several clubs in Boston, Philadelphia, and other cities.

In late 1994, Kevin became the victim of a random serial attack in midtown Manhattan, which was covered widely by the press—and again many years later in a follow-up incident. Despite that, Kevin rebounded with enthusiasm, performing some stand-up for a year or so, and founding his “That Singing Feeling” cabaret workshops.

In 1998, he released his first CD, “New Light Dawning,” on his own label. Many of the songs (ten of the twelve were written or co-written by him) were played on radio stations around the country. He followed this up with his 3-song “Holiday Spirit” EP in 1999 and “Live at Middle”, recorded at Middle Collegiate Church in New York City, in 2001.

Kevin returned to school and completed his MFA in Creative Writing at The City College of New York. He has taught at CCNY and the Borough of Manhattan Community College since 2005. Off the Charts!, Kevin’s first novel, was published in 2010. His acclaimed memoir, A Quarter Inch from My Heart (in which the 1994 stabbing and another narrative are weaved together), was published by Wisdom Moon Publishing in 2014. Kevin wrote a monthly column and several interviews and entertainment features for Edge Media Network from 2008-2016, and was a reviewer and board member for the prestigious Bistro Awards from 2011-2015.

Kevin is currently working on other writing projects and has begun a songwriter collaboration with Russian guitarist Ura Griban. Stay tuned!

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