Creative Careers Episode 16: Kris Bowers, Jazz Pianist and Film Composer

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Have you ever wondered how young superstars achieve such fast success -- and how it will affect their career down the road?

Today on the show, Kelly talks with 28-year-old jazz pianist and film composer Kris Bowers. Kris has thrived at a very high level in both the jazz and film worlds, winning the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition in 2011 and writing the score for the upcoming Netflix series “Dear White People.” 

They discuss the differences in the New York and LA music scenes and how Kris has stayed honest and true to himself when writing music and picking projects. You’ll hear stories of being a fly on the wall in recording sessions with Kanye West and Jay Z, plus advice from Kobe Bryant that he takes to heart. 

The music on today’s show features Kris Bowers: “No Regrets” from the film “I AM GIANT: Victor Cruz."