IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
BRANDON KEITH: Originally from Tyler Texas now residing in Fort Worth Texas, downtown area.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
BRANDON KEITH: I come from a family of church singers. My grandmother, mother, aunts and uncles sang in the choir, which naturally, that’s where I started singing. My uncle Gary Blevins is a musician who really inspired me to go forward by watching him with his gospel music, and albus he put out. He and my grandfather are my biggest musical influences. My grandfather died when I was in middle school and since then my passion for music has grown. He was the first to introduce me to the music of the 60’s and 70’s as well as the Motown movement. It’s because of him I work so hard for this. There were days I would sit with him in his living room, 4, 5 and sometimes till 6 in the morning listening to old vinyl records. I’ve followed Fats Domino, Ella Fitzgerald, The Spinners, Supremes; the list goes on. With me being an 80’s baby, I connected more with anything from that era on into the 90’s and early 2000.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
BRANDON KEITH: Being that through the years I have worked with various local artist, whether it be hooks, background vocals or writing; I felt here in the past years maybe it’s time to show the world what Brandon has to offer. So I was briefly with a small indie label called Hyrize Ent. and started to work on a R&B Hustle mixtape just to give a small preview of what I had. People felt it. So I went on to start recording my demo. But due to differences we parted ways. As of now I am writing for an artist here in Fort Worth who goes by the name of Paul Valentino. Very talented guy. And in the future I look to work with a female vocalist out of New York, Miss Emily R. Thomas. She is an amazing singer. I have a song I am writing as of now for her and myself to collaborate on. But in between that, I am also recording tracks for myself. Looking forward to see how people react to my new music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
BRANDON KEITH: Love, passion, emotions, heartache, true feelings. The real soulful side of what love it. The breakups, the makeups. I put passion in my songs because people need to be able to feel what they are hearing. I want to get back to when MUSIC mattered more than just a hot beat. A lot of times artist push music onto people but have no meaningful lyrics. No substance. I take my time and study people, study their emotions. My very own emotions and from that I write what people can relate to. And the fact that people still relate to what I released YEARS ago, shows me that strategy and good music pays off.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
BRANDON KEITH: As I stated earlier, my uncle Gary Blevins is my biggest influence in the world. Period. from there I would have to go with Al Green, Luther Vandross, Musiq Soulchild, Dru Hill, Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, Usher, Michael Jackson, and Jodeci. But most of all Tyrese. I have followed his career since his Coca Cola commercial. His grind, his work ethic, humbleness, he truly inspires me. Especially with music, books, and the love circle he created. I like how he stays in touch with his fans, real cool cat.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
BRANDON KEITH: Heartfelt, passionate, soulful, loving. I look at my music as a look into my life as well as other people. I love getting ideas from people able past relationships, loves, heartaches; ever emotion possible. Then taking it and making the best song I can so they can relate and feel the lyrics coming from that song. Lyrics are everything, so if you can’t feel the lyrics, all you’re doing is listening to the beat and missing substance.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
BRANDON KEITH: This question normally gets the same answer from every artist. Me personally, my heart. My will to make good quality music. I don’t want to be that artist that puts out track after track with no true work or feeling behind it. Especially in R&B. I push from my heart and soul to give you the best. Why cheat people by giving them less than what you would want out of your favorite artist
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
BRANDON KEITH: Honestly after my divorce. I pretty much gave up on my music. Wanted to give up on life. I felt defeated and like I was wasting the past 11 years. It really took my sister Erica and my friend Katy to set fire to me and let me know I had more to live for. I mean my family would talk to me, but the way that these two came at me made me feel I was giving up on what God gave me. I went from Driving hours at a time back and fourth from work, from sleeping in my car, to staying with friends and then I finally got where I could financially get back on my feet. Then things started getting better. After accomplishing that, I saw that I never lost my strength even in my darkest moments. I felt better. I felt that if I could overcome that, why stop there. I booked photo shoots with amazing photographers, Miss Rocio De La Torre, Marcus Owens, and the amazing Rick Verara and posted them to my music pages. I started hitting every open mic night I could find. Mostly Sankofa Kafe in Dallas Texas. They really showed me love. Then I came across a group who are now some of my best friends. My friend Noah Galaviz ran a karaoke gig I came across. There I met great friends like Mando, Christa, Celena, Will, Kevin, and plenty more. Singing with these people not only built a friendships that will last, but helped train my voice. Then I began working at Lone Star Night Club with my mentor and friend Bernard Whitaker and started building my fan base. That’s where I met Paul Rogers and JaCorey Bishop as well. Two more great singers. After some time, I met my now wife Ashley, and with her and my beautiful 3 kids, here I am ready to show the world the new me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
BRANDON KEITH: As of now, working with Paul Valentino on his album. His single I wrote, I Wanna Make Love, is doing great. People really are taking to the track. I have a few more coming up with him as well as my new single Over Now, that we are currently working on. I look forward to this now song, Constantly Thinking of You that will feature none other that the talented Emily R Thomas out of New York. And I also have a song in the works that I hope to get my long time friend and music partner and brother Loc Da Realest on. Check him out as well. And pretty much whoever I come across that wants to work. I have a passion for working with others. If you can’t work with other artist and support their work, then don’t expect the same from them. Team Work.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
BRANDON KEITH: My goal is to be one of the best singer/songwriters in the business. Don’t get me wrong, I love singing, but writing has been my baby since I was about 7 years old when I began writing poetry. I get that from my mother. In 10 years, I pray to be successful, living comfortably, and making sure my family is well taken care of. At the end of the day, when all is said and done, family is the most important thing. As long as they’re good, life is beautiful to me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
BRANDON KEITH: I really don’t consider them fans. Really more like family cause family pushes you and supports you through your best and worst times. And they have been just that, family. So they can reach me at the links below. And please believe, I do answer and follow and show love to everyone! Hope to see you all on the big screen some day. Peace and blessings.
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