9 September 1965 (age 53)
Kray Van Kirk is a singer-songwriter from Alaska, playing six-and twelve-string guitar. Kray walked away from his first stint in graduate school to pursue music and spent the next five years living in his van, playing up and down the western United States before finally settling down in the far North. Over the last few years he has changed his approach to writing and performing music. He no longer records CDs out of a desire to reduce the waste headed for the landfills, and he doesn’t charge for his songs as a deliberate movement away from the bottom line that seems to govern so much of our daily lives. He gives away all of his music on his website, www.krayvankirk.com, as an experiment in music without borders or cost. The downloads on his site are offered in 320 kbps MP3s, and WMA/FLAC lossless audio formats for true CD-quality files. A single parent and doctoral student, he plays concerts whenever he can, and continues to write and record his songs, sending them out like little digital penguins waddling their way across the world, leaving no footprints in the snow.
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