Kristian Montgomery "The Gravel Church"
Born in Florida, Krisitian Montgomery is the son of a Danish immigrant from Copenhagen and a blue blooded American girl. Kristian Montgomery's parents divorced when he was young (4) and until he moved into his maternal grandparent's home Kristian moved around a lot. Due to this he said " I got into genealogy cause I got to know where I came from cause I really never knew where home was. "
Kristian lived with his grandparents and began singing in the church choir where his voice was recognized by his Reverend, who was a former professional tenor. Kristian realized the impact his voice had upon people once when he opened his eyes after singing the Lord's Prayer and saw the silent tears fall from faces of those he had never met. His fondest memories include sitting on the couch with his grandfather listening to LPs over and over again. Kristian's first concert, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers live at 16 years old and upon hearing the harmony he knew that was what he wanted to do for a living. That was when he started writing Country music.
Outside of church Kristian sang shanties,Celtic and Scandanavian songs at local bars and told stories of fisherman coming home from sea. Over time he progressed as a songwriter and ultimately developed a following. He joined several rock bands through the years where he won awards for his voice.
While a member of a metal band, Kristian was nominated for the Boston Music Awards for best male vocalist, however, did not feel like this genre was a good fit for him. Montgomery wanted adventure, so he traveled to Nicaragua to perform on television in Managua. While there, he was photographed sitting around a table relaxing in the capital as if this was war torn country was just another place to find stories for his songs.
This experience awoke something in Kristian, he found a freedom that only his ancestors had known. He began taking his music back to his father's homeland, where it was received like a son coming home to his family. Having not seen his father since he was young, at 24 he headed across country to Florida and was able to get to know his father briefly again. Sadly, his father died six months after their reconciliation at the age of 54. Kristian is in contact with his father's side of the family in Denmark and considers that his second home.
Although his intentions were to bring music to the world, after starting a family in America, it was at the dinner table where he truly found home. Kristian needed to support a family in the so called "real" world and his music dreams became a side venture for awhile.
A divorce inevitably threw Kristian back into performing. However, he was jailed after losing his case in the family court and expressing his not so favorable views of the judge, something that is always frowned upon. Having lost everything, he began to rebuild his life and ironically his jail time provided ample time to reflect on his life, faith, and of course his music, which became again his release from his inner torments. Upon release from prison he began work on "The Gravel Church" writing about his experiences in prison, starting over and how he found hope. "When your world is taken away" he says "it's like watching a ship sail further and further away from you. You're far apart, but if you put your feet in the water you're still connected"
The gravel church was actually the 25×25 fenced in by barbed wire piece of dirt that he was allowed to walk around while in prison. Kristian did time in solitary for fighting with a man half his age and was eventually released to his family after 6 months of living hell. Jail was where the album "Gravel Church" was born. He then followed his dream to Ultrasound Productions and presented his music to Producer Joe Clapp. He and Mr. Clapp got to work on what started as a 5 song EP that turned into a 16 song album of reflection, understanding and healing. It's everything Country with a Rock edge is supposed to be.
Sometimes radio stations and others have struggled to define Kristian's music. A rock station would tell him that he is too Country and the Country station would say he is too rock. Then comes those that do not feel the need to label his music and are just mesmerized by the unique sound.
Kristian writes about his adventurous life and world travels. He also writes about issues that touch his heart such as his brother-in-law, who came back from Afghanistan a completely different person and to this day is homeless. The song "What Have You Done to My child' is inspired by watching the struggles of his brother-in-law.
Now remarried, to his biggest supporter and the first girl he ever kissed (behind the library in the center of town), who has stuck with him through all his craziness. Kristian writes about life, his life with a Country/Rock edge and a different world view. He bemoans the fact that Country music has gotten away from the working man, working with his hands to support his family.
Unfortunately the pandemic hit at the same time as their release party for the his new album was scheduled to be held. Everything of course is on hold, and complicated due to COVID 19. However, like many artists, live performances have taken a necessary safe back seat at this time, but creativity does not stall.
Explore the unique and exciting world of Kristian Montgomery. This album will be a nice place to stay awhile.
By Deborah Gibson