Kevin Kronk spent years in the business world, but he never abandoned his passion for making music.Kronk, who moved to Charlotte in 2010, works as an insurance adjuster by day, but in the evenings and on weekends, he focuses on more musical pursuits.The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist now is recording his first original album in his Ballantyne home studio. He also has provided free concerts at his church, Central Steele Creek Presbyterian, and debuted songs at The Evening Muse, a venue in NoDa that features original musical acts.“I’m basically in a reinventing phase,” said Kronk, 60.His songs address life themes to which people can relate, such as love, loss, divorce and growing older. His song titles include “I Will Wait for You,” “When the Money Goes, the Honey Goes” and “The Stillness of Dusk.”When he’s performing, he said, he enjoys the banter with the audience and takes special requests.“I have a little bit of entertainer in me,” Kronk said.It seems only natural Kronk would find happiness in music, given his musical pedigree.His paternal grandmother played piano for silent films. His paternal grandfather was trained as a master instrument-maker, who built and repaired a variety of instruments and opened a music store in downtown Tampa, Fla.“The motto, ‘If your horn don’t honk, take it to Kronk,’ always gets a laugh,” Kronk said.Kronk’s father, Joyce, played all over the world for heads of state and ambassadors as a member of the MacDill Army Air Forces Band; he went on to tour with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus as a musician. Kronk began playing tenor saxophone in elementary school, and he still has the instrument, he said. As a teenager, he played the piano and organ in restaurants. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and declined an offer to become a school band director, instead joining a seven-piece show band called Happy Feelings. The band played supper clubs in the Orlando, Fla., area and appeared on television. There were telethons and Christmas specials. People began to recognize him in the grocery store as a member of the band, he said.“We were big fish in a little pond,” Kronk said. In the early 1980s, Kronk retired from professional music to earn his MBA from Stetson University, and afterward he worked in information technology, the home-building industry and insurance. “I moved away from doing what I wanted to do to doing what other people wanted me to do,” he said. These days, he said, he uses his business experience to his advantage – in music. With his audiences, “I try to exceed their expectations,” Kronk said. In addition to self-producing an album, Kronk has goals of writing a rock opera, a musical and movie themes.
Saturday, Aug. 02, 2014
Charlotte musician Kevin Kronk in a ‘reinventing phase’
Hope Yancey is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Hope? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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