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December 2015 - Kaleido

Detroit Rock City Band Kaleido has eyes on the prize

Story by LCC Radio Reporter Sarah Spohn

KaleidoFor anyone that tries to argue that nothing good comes out of Detroit, they clearly haven’t seen the sights or heard the sounds of Detroit Rock City’s very own five-piece band Kaleido.

Formed about 3 years ago, lead vocalist Christina Chriss was performing with Cody Morales in a different band the same night Joey Fava’s band was playing.

The band recalls the moment it all started, “an instant bond and friendship formed,” they said. “Christina and Joey began writing together, the old bands dissolved and what would soon be called Kaleido began to form.”

While in the studio with Mike Clark and Mickey Avalon, Christina was invited to open for Mickey at the Roxy Theater on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA.

She quickly asked her friend from high school, Ronnie Rosolino to join on guitar, and they played their very first show—unnamed.

After their return back to the D, they were invited to play on the Van’s Warped Tour. They then invited another guitar player, Jamie Burnham to go on tour with the band.

“Enter the complete Kaleido lineup ,” the band said, “which is still the same to this day.”

Made up of Christina Chriss (vocals), Jamie Burnham (guitar), Ronnie Rosolino (guitar), Cody Morales (bass), Kaleido is self-described as Guns ‘N’ Roses meets No Doubt.

Christina ChrissThey live and breathe rock ‘n’ roll, and are more proud than ever to get to call Detroit Rock City their home.

“Detroit is our home and always will be home,” the band said. “No matter where we tour, or how far we travel, we always come back to where it all started.”

And Detroit shares the love for the rock band too – Kaleido has been named ‘Best Band in Detroit’ by Real Detroit/Metrotimes every year since they’ve been together and also won two Detroit Music Awards in 2015.

Kaleido is no stranger to radio airplay, and have recently dominated the airwaves on Detroit’s rock station, 89x. Their song, “Love & War” featuring Dryden Mitchell of Alien Ant Farm has seen quite the love from area listeners. The unreleased song has been named the 89x People’s Choice song for an astonishing 26 nights in a row. Word on the street is, the record is 27 nights. It’s an experience that’s totally taken the band by surprise.

“It’s been extremely exciting and continues to blow our minds,” they said. “We have the best fans, the ‘KaleidoFam,’ and we wouldn’t be here without them.”

Kaleido has been hitting the streets, across the interstates, touring and providing direct support and opening up for some pretty familiar faces across the country.

Having opened up for Aerosmith, Sammy Hagar, The Offspring, Skid Row, Bret Michaels, Alien Ant Farm, Twenty One Pilots and worked very closely with band friend and colleague, Kid Rock, Kaleido has no plans for slowing down anytime soon.

In fact, touring the country and playing almost every state in it has been a very proud career highlight, according to the band.

But the band can’t help but love returning home, to the mitten state. With great producers, music collaborations with artists, and networking at music awards shows and events, Kaleido keeps penning honorable accomplishments on their rockin’ resume.

KaleidoThe rock band has also been featured during the Detroit Pistons spectacular half-time shows in Auburn Hills, been involved with the Detroit Red Wings promos, and rocked out the festival circuit- 89x’s Chill on the Hill, Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Uproar Festival, Summerfest and CMJ Music Marathon.

Working closely with Kid Rock at his house on a track from their last EP, “Unbreakable,” the lead singer shared a silly story with LCC Radio previously on the Grand River Studio Sessions.

Christina spoke about sharing their song, “Under the Covers” with Kid Rock, who encouraged her to switch up the lyrics and Netflix reference to something more timeless.

Though the band respects Kid Rock, they decided to stick to their original lyrics. It’s a move that Kaleido is proud of—and sticking to their guns and following their dreams, step by step, their own Detroit-made way is just what they’re doing.

Someday, Kaleido dreams of collaborating with artists like Foo Fighters, Yelawolf, Eminem or even Justin Bieber. With their hefty list of opening gigs and awards, the five-piece rock outfit is definitely worthy of such a prize.

In the meantime, they’ll be found rocking out plenty of Detroit hot-spots across the city. They’re also busy recording new EP in the studio. Also stay tuned for some more solo music from Kaleido frontwoman, Christina Chriss or, as the internet knows her, CC from the 313.

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