Kelly Keeling

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Kelly Keeling
Birth nameKelly Keeling
Born (1966-06-25) June 25, 1966 (age 54)
Origin Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Genres Hard rock, blues-rock, heavy metal, Progressive metal
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, piano,multi instrumentalist
Years active1980–present
LabelsMascot Records
Associated acts Baton Rouge, FOUNDRY, Blue Murder, John Norum, Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus, Michael Schenker Group, Heaven and Earth, Erik Norlander, King Kobra, Lynch Mob, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, O'2L

Kelly Keeling was born on June 25, 1966 and is an American musician and songwriter. Keeling started playing at the age of 14 and began his career as the lead singer of the American heavy metal band Baton Rouge. [1] Throughout his career Keeling worked with major hard rock acts, wrote movie soundtracks and also played with Christian rock bands. [2]

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Biography

At the age of 14 Kelly earned a GED and commenced a career in music--which led him all over the world several times as a recording artist, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, and producer.

Being signed by Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records with the band Baton Rouge put him in the public eye with MTV, AOR radio exposure, and two USA tours.

Kelly Keeling worked on Alice Cooper's Hey Stoopid album--co-writing the song Snakebite, and singing background vocals. He also wrote songs for the movie Rich Girl.

Baton Rouge split due to Kelly joining Blue Murder where he met Carmine Appice and Tony Franklin.

Kelly and Yngwie Malmsteen recorded Speed King for a Deep Purple Tribute - Smoke on the Water.

Kelly was vocalist for The John Norum Band--producing two albums, and touring in Sweden. He appears on the albums: Another Destination and Worlds Away.

Kelly became singer, songwriter, producer, guitarist, and keyboardist for Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus' albums: Guitar Zeus, ... (Japan), and Guitar Zeus 2 (Channel Mind Radio.)

He co-wrote/contributed two songs for the movie Dish Dogs. Kelly also appears along with Denny Laine, Roger Daltrey, and Carmine Appice, on the movie soundtrack Chasing Destiny which Kelly wrote, produced and performed songs and scored. Kelly also scored the soundtrack for the movie Totally Irresponsible.

Kelly appears on the 2000 Grand Funk Railroad tribute A Tribute to Grand Funk Railroad ... an American Band.

He sang on Heaven & Earth's Windows to the World, King Kobra's Hollywood Trash and played keyboards and sang harmony on ...'sDoin' Business As...

He became The Michael Schenker Group's vocalist for the albums: The Unforgiven and The Unforgiven World Tour. He also appeared on the 25th anniversary CD Tales of Rock 'n' Roll featuring all-MSG singers. Kelly wrote three songs for this album-- two for previous MSG vocalists Graham Bonnet and Gary Barden and one for himself (Big Deal) which opens the album.

Kelly was recruited by Don Dokken to step-in as assistant songwriter, background vocalist and producer for 7 songs on Dokken's CD Long Way Home. Kelly also writes and produces with Dokken for the album Hell to Pay in 2004. The same year was featured on album Furious George and toured with George Lynch.

Kelly was featured vocalist on Erik Norlander's album Music Machine as well a European tour in June-- also performed songs from Kelly's solo album which was in the mixing stage at that time. This three-piece band featuring Erik Norlander and Vinnie Appice performed shows as Kelly Keeling during a three-day festival. Kelly toured again as singer and bassist with Lana Lane and Erik Norlander in the USA, Europe, and Russia in the Summer of 2004. He also released a live album Stars Rain Down.

Kelly’s first solo album Giving Sight to the Eye features Kerry Livgren, Roger Daltrey, Don Dokken, Denny Laine, Tony Franklin, Carmine Appice & Vinnie Appice (Black Sabbath, and Dio) among other friends he has met along the way.

He also appears on Jack Ponti's Jack Ponti Presents, Volume 1.

Keeling recorded and toured with the band O'2L-- featuring all members of the west coast branch of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Kelly recorded eight songs intended for another solo album which eventually appeared in the first studio album of the project Paris Keeling with executive producer Marty Paris. While touring with Trans-Siberian Orchestra he received gold and platinum album awards with TSO as well as Wayne Morrisson's Rock4Xmas--featuring Badfinger member Joey Molland. On this tour he performed backing vocals for Eddie Money as well as his solo career retrospective set The Kelly Keeling Show with band mates Ethan Brosh, Alex Pierce and Dave Vandiggitty.

Kelly formed the band Balance in 2012 with guitarist/co- writer Kim Roy, (formerly of the band Kingdom), and reunited Baton Rouge for a new recording on Frontier Records, which was cancelled in 2013. [3]

Keeling signed-on as the Lead Singer with FOUNDRY, (an American Rock Bank from Las Vegas) in 2015 featuring Kelly on vocals, Marc Brattin, drums and James Fucci, guitar. The debut FOUNDRY record released on January 15, 2015 is 10-song Hard Rock/Pop album engineered by Matt Breunig (The Killers) and mixed by 7x Grammy Award Producer Steve Thompson (Guns N' Roses, KISS, Metallica, Korn and Soundgarden). Keeling, Brattin and Fucci are now composing original works for a second album to be released January 2017.

Keeling continues to play in Louisiana doing his Piano Show as well as a monthly Beatles Night featuring local High School Choirs and College Horn Sections.

Discography

Solo albums

With FOUNDRY

With Baton Rouge

Studio albums

  • Shake Your Soul (1990)
  • Lights Out on the Playground (1991)
  • Baton Rouge (1997)

Compilation albums

  • The Hottest of Baton Rouge (2006)

With John Norum

Studio albums

With Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus

Studio albums

  • Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus (1995)
  • Guitar Zeus II: Channel Mind Radio (1997)
  • Conquering Heroes (2009)

Compilation albums

  • Ultimate Guitar Zeus (2006)

With MSG

Studio albums

Live albums

Compilation albums

  • Forever and More, The Best of Michael Schenker (2004)
  • Greatest Riffs (2009)

With King Kobra

With Heaven and Earth

With Erik Norlander

With George Lynch

With Paris Keeling

With O'2L

Other appearances

Tribute albums

Soundtracks

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