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Down-to-Earth Musician Gives Back to Grand Rapids Community

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Performing at the Avenue for the Arts Market in June

Performing at the Avenue for the Arts Market in June /Amber Stout

Kurt Denison

Kurt Denison

Kurt Denison's new album Surface

Kurt Denison's new album Surface


Musically inclined from the start and sharing life lessons through songs and melodies, this environmentally friendly musician knows how to stay true to inspirations.

Kurt Denison grew up on the west 
coast of Michigan. He learned to play several instruments at a young age such as the piano at age six, and later the saxophone and guitar. Kurt writes and produces all of his own music here in Grand Rapids. In July this summer, Kurt’s first album titled Surface was released. The album’s sound is so raw that it captures the birds chirping and the sounds of the falling rain outside of his window.

“I enjoy music that is simple and authentic,”
Kurt explained. “Songs that are too over processed with excess noise don’t seem true to the music anymore.”

Some people relate Kurt Denison’s music to other singer/songwriters like Jack Johnson and Dave Matthews because of the acoustic nature and soothing sound. Other musicians and genres also inspire Kurt, such as jazz music, 
The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, and other jam bands.

One thing that makes this musician a bit more unique than other artists is that 100% of the proceeds from his album Surface go towards environmental groups such as Friends of GR Parks.

“I am constantly inspired by nature in life and in music. Parks are important and it was an easy decision to give it to something better than myself,”
Kurt expressed.

Kurt’s plans for the future involved playing more shows around Michigan, such as the Avenue for the Arts Market. He has played there several times in the past and will be performing on August 14th.

“I love the community feel of the Market. It really promotes artists and makes them feel appreciated—because they should!”

To find out more about Kurt, check out 
his website and Facebook. To listen to his music and buy his new album, search the iTunes store. To meet Kurt, come down to the Avenue for the Arts Market from 4-9 pm on August 14th.


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