: The Former Singer of 7th Heaven
Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 10:00 PM CST
(8:30 PM Doors)
Home: House of Music and Entertainment, Arlington Heights, IL
21 years and over
Keith was born in Northern, Ireland, in the small town of Larne. He started professionally playing music at the early age of 16, where he performed all throughout Europe. He played with a few different bands during that period of time, but always maintained a certain vision for his own music, which he loved to write and perform. Since 16 years old, Keith has played all over the world in small venues through large sold out shows of more than 80,000 seats.
In 2002, Keith became the proud winner of a reality show called “Pop Stars: The Rivals”. The talent competition, based in the U.K., spawned a vocal harmony group known as One True Voice, which Keith had become a member of. The group recorded two top ten hits that made the British charts, going gold through Jive Records. While competing on the show, he performed for over 8 million viewers each week and over 6 million viewers voted him into top honors. Unfortunately, One True Voice disbanded shortly after the peak of their success.
After One True Voice split up, Keith continued performing throughout the U.K. By 2003, he was invited to tour with Young Voices, which featured many young musicians throughout Britain, as a guest performer. During that time, he played at some of the biggest arenas in the region. In 2004, Keith was asked to return to The Young Voices as a headlining act. This time, he wrote and performed the title track of the event, “You Gotta Have Fun.” Keith was then asked to return to the act in 2005 and again for an unprecedented fourth time in 2008.
If that wasn’t enough, he also made it into the “Guinness Book of Records” in 2005 for participating in the largest sing-along of all time, with over 250,000 people singing together via radio link up.
It was in 2006 when Keith received the invitation to join the Chicago based band, 7th Heaven, that he was introduced to the United States. He currently holds a place with the band as the lead singer, as well as rhythm guitarist and occasional drummer. He has performed over 1,200 shows since relocating to the U.S., playing an average of 200+ shows a year. In his six years with the band, Keith has opened for acts such as Bon Jovi and Kid Rock at Solider Field in Chicago, as well as Def Leppard, Leanne Rimes, Journey, Collective Soul and Huey Lewis, to name a few. In addition to that, 7th Heaven has reached radio success with their songs, “Better This Way,” (2011) and “Sing” (2012), both of which charted on Billboard nationally as well as reaching number one in the Chicago charts.