Chris Kennedy is the senior composer at Noise Distillery/Clean Cuts Music in Baltimore. An Emmy-nominated composer for film and TV, he has scored music for NBC, PBS, Smithsonian, Discovery, and National Geographic. Additionally, he helped launch a game audio department at Clean Cuts where his music has been featured on games such as the Drawn trilogy, VR Sports Challenge, Brass Tactics, Adera, Fetch!, Choices: Stories You Play, Fairway Solitaire, and Let’s Dish.
A Maryland native, Kennedy holds a degree (magna cum laude) in jazz guitar from Towson University, where he studied guitar with Steve Herberman and composition with Tim Murphy. As a student he sought opportunities to blend his music with the visual arts, working regularly as a composer and performer with the dance and film departments. His interest in music for media led him to an internship at Clean Cuts where he became a full-time staff composer after graduation. There he mentored under Wall Matthews and continued his composition studies with Judah Adashi at the Peabody Preparatory.
As a guitarist, Kennedy has recorded numerous albums with his own groups and as a session artist – including Windmills (with jazz quartet Never in Denver) and an appearance on Wu-Tang Clan’s Legendary Weapons.