Keith Follese'


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Keith Follese grew up in the music rich scene of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has spent most of his music career dividing time between Los Angeles and Nashville. Keith’s relentless drive and songwriting talent has rewarded him with many top songwriting honors. Keith has been named both ASCAP and BILLBOARD magazine’s SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR as well as being Grammy nominated. Since moving to Nashville, Keith’s chart action speaks volumes. Starting in 1994 Keith had #1 singles with Randy Travis’ “Before You Kill Us All” and Little Texas’ “Life Goes On”. Since then, Keith has held the #1 Single chart position for a record 15 weeks: Faith Hill’s “The Way You Love Me” (4 Weeks #1), Tim McGraw’s “Something Like That” (5 weeks #1), Martina McBride’s “I Love You” (Runaway Bride) (5 weeks #1), Lonestar’s “Smile” (1 week - #1). In 2002, “The Way You Love Me” from Faith Hill’s 8x’s Platinum “Breathe” CD was awarded ASCAP’s Country “Song of the Year”. “The Way You Love Me” went on to become a POP/AC hit in the United States and all over Europe. He also wrote “Peace” with Jim Brickman which became a top 10 AC hit. Keith was also the CEO of Midas Music. In June 2007, when Midas Records scored a top ten single with “He was a good man” by Emerson Drive written and produced by Keith and followed it up with #1 Country Single “Moments”. He co-wrote two songs on the debut Lady Antebellum record including the hit single “Looking for a good time”.Keith has written songs with artists as diverse as Katy Perry, John Oates, Hot Chelle Rae, Timothy Schmit, Jamie Johnson and Jo Dee Messina to name a few. He co produced and wrote three songs on the first Hot Chelle Rae record and was instrumental in getting them signed to a major label. Just finished co producing the Leiber/Stoller Legend record with Jed Leiber. Keith remains active writing, developing and producing artists today “The thing I love about producing and writing songs is that you wake up with nothing, but by the end of the day, you have a baby,” says Grammy-nominee Keith Follesé. The Nashville, Tennessee-based producer and songwriter has had success in the pop, country, pop-rock, and pop-punk formats, writing timeless but contemporary-feeling hits for a diverse array of artists. He’s had #1s with Randy Travis (“Before You Kill Us All”), Little Texas (“Life Goes On”), Faith Hill (“The Way You Love Me”), Tim McGraw (“Something Like That”), Martina McBride’s (“I Love You”), and Lonestar (“Smile”). He’s also garnered acclaim for his work with Emerson Drive, Lady Antebellum (“Looking For A Good Time”), Katy Perry, the Summer Set, John Oates, Hot Chelle Rae, Timothy Schmit, Jamie Johnson and Jo Dee Messina, among others. And, in addition to his Grammy nod, Follesé has been named both ASCAP and Billboard magazine’s “Songwriter Of The Year.” Follesé started writing songs when he was 13, and by age 16 had his first single as an artist. “My mother said I was always collecting songs. I always had melodies in my head,” he recalls. Follesé grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and played in bands regionally, before relocating to Los Angeles where he met his wife with whom he partnered with in a short-lived duo. When the duo’s debut failed to be mass released, the two packed up and settled down in Nashville, Tennessee where Follesé focused his talents on songwriting and producing. Five years after that fateful move to Music City, Follesé emerged with #1 singles for Randy Travis (“Before You Kill Us All”) and Little Texas (“Life Goes On”). In session, Follesé is sensitive to the creative and interpersonal dynamics in the room, and can fluidly shift his contributions. He’s accomplished at playing piano and guitar, and versatile as a writer, capable of turning in completed songs, or just providing la carte contributions like topline, or just vocal melodies or lyrics. “Every situation working with an artist is different,” he says. “I’ve learned when to take control, and when to quietly sit back and gently guide the session. I’m good at figuring out what’s needed in a room and fulfilling that role.” Follesé’s artistic palette is refreshingly diverse, but what ties his music together is an elegant simplicity that makes his songs instantly familiar. “I have a commercial head, I was raised on radio and I just love it,” Follesé says. In addition to spanning genres, his songwriting transcends generational divides. His sons are in the acclaimed pop rock band Hot Chell Rae, and he’s co-written with them. “I’m close with my kids, I listen to what they love, and when their friends come over, we do the same thing—we talk about music all night. Music is music, it doesn’t know age boundaries, and I just love all of it,” Follesé says.

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