Kings Kaleidoscope

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Kings Kaleidoscope
Origin Seattle, Washington
Genres Christian alternative rock, CCM, indie rock
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Labels Tooth & Nail, Independent
Members Chad Gardner
Andrew Nyte
Zack Walkingstick
Zawadi Morrow
Blake Strickland
Jared Buck
Past members John Platter
Nadia Essenpreis
Lindsay Gardner
Julianne Smith

Kings Kaleidoscope is an American Christian alternative rock band based in Seattle. Their style is defined by an eclectic range of modern, woodwind, string and brass instruments. This combination of electronic and analogue soundscapes is characteristic of both Motown and math rock. Singer/songwriter Chad Gardner is the band's lead singer. Kings Kaleidoscope has recorded 5 EP’s, and three critically acclaimed LPs, Becoming Who We Are, Beyond Control, and The Beauty Between.


Led by producer/singer/songwriter Chad Gardner, the group formed in 2010 on the campus of the University of Washington, where Gardner was a leader. Looking for a big, orchestral indie pop sound, he assembled a ten-piece group, handpicking players and developing their lush sound. Sporting a variety of influences from math rock and hip-hop to the dense sound of Canadian indie outfit Broken Social Scene, Kings Kaleidoscope recorded their first live EP, Sin, at a Good Friday service in 2011. A year later, they released the studio EP, Asaph's Arrows, shortly followed by a Christmas EP, Joy Has Dawned. In late 2013, Their fourth EP, 2014's Live in Color, was released by BadChristian Music, a label formed by Seattle post-hardcore band Emery. Working with BadChristian Music and well-established indie label Tooth & Nail Records, Kings Kaleidoscope finally issued their debut LP, Becoming Who We Are, on October 27, 2014. Before Chad Gardner wrote the songs for the album, Becoming Who We Are, his son died. The song "Zion", commemorates his son's death. Their sophomore concept album Beyond Control released June 24, 2016, and has been the bands most commercially successful release to-date. A year after the launch of “Beyond Control,” Chad Gardner, the band’s frontman, drew inspiration from new friendships for the mixtape "The Beauty Between," released on August 17, 2017. The mixtape features several collaborations with hip-hop artists and producers, including: Propaganda, Andy Mineo, Beautiful Eulogy, Derek Minor, Beleaf, DSTL and more. The mixtape also featured artwork by Tobias Gutmann, an artist based in Zürich, Switzerland.

Current members[edit]

  • Chad Gardner - vocals, guitar, keyboards, production, tambourine
  • Andrew Nyte - drums, vocals
  • Zack Walkingstick - bass, synth, vocals
  • Zawadi Morrow - keyboards, flute, violin, saxophone, vocals
  • Blake Strickland - trombone, vocals
  • Jared Buck - guitar, vocals


List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions

Becoming Who We Are 171 9
Beyond Control
  • Released: June 24, 2016[4]
  • Label: Gospel Song Records
  • Format: Vinyl, CD, digital download
81— 6
The Beauty Between 98 4

Mixtape album[edit]

  • The Beauty Between (August 18, 2017)[6]