Keith Semple (musician)

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Keith Semple
Birth name Keith Semple
Born (1981-09-20) 20 September 1981 (age 33)
Origin Larne, Northern Ireland
Genres Pop, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter
Instruments vocals, guitar, keyboard
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts One True Voice
Keith Semple Band
7th Heaven

Keith Semple is a Northern Irish singer and musician (born 20 September 1981 in Larne, Northern Ireland). He originally had his own band Keith Semple Band. In 2002, he took part and was a winner in Popstars: The Rivals, consequently becoming a member of the boyband One True Voice (OTV). After the split up of the band, he had a solo career before joining the American Chicago-based rock band 7th Heaven in 2006 as their lead singer. In 2010, he took a shot at the ninth season of American Idol, but lost his "golden ticket" place due to his legal status and residency considerations. In October 2012, Keith announced he would be leaving 7th Heaven to pursue his original music and announced the formation of his new band, SEMPLE, with Chicago musicians, Johnny Jannotti, Drew Johnson, Amy Jay, and Charley Bredrup.

2002: Popstars: The Rivals[edit]

Main article: Popstars The Rivals

Keith Semple took part in the ITV television series Popstars: The Rivals, a British singing competition.

Host Davina McCall announced the names of the five contestants who had qualified. Keith Semple was the first member to be announced followed by Matt Johnson. Third was Daniel Pearce and fourth Anton Gordon. The last available place went to Jamie Shaw whereas Chris Park was eliminated from the boys competition.

Semple and the four other contestant winners (Anton Gordon, Matthew Johnson, Daniel Pearce and Jamie Shaw) went on to form the group One True Voice.

The same show had also produced the girl group Girls Aloud that won the competition, with One True Voice as runners-up.

2002–2003: One True Voice[edit]

Main article: One True Voice

Keith Semple became a band member of the boyband One True Voice created as a results of the competition. The line up of the band was decided by public vote, who voted for their favourite male hopefuls each week to form the boyband. The name of the band was later shortened to OTV.

One True Voice was made up of:

Their debut single, a double A side hit single "Sacred Trust/After You're Gone"[1] went head-to-head with Girls Aloud on 16 December 2002, for the Christmas number one spot. One True Voice lost out to the girls and had to settle for the No. 2 position. The group's manager, Pete Waterman, has speculated that the show was fixed against OTV, but has not said how.[1]. In any case, the single "Sacred Trust/After You're Gone" reached gold record status.

One more Top 10 hit followed, in the form of "Shakespeare's (Way With) Words", which reached No. 10 in the UK, in June 2003. A few weeks later it was announced that Daniel Pearce, who as arranger and co-writer of some of their songs had quit the group to pursue a solo career. The next day the group disbanded.

The group appeared at number 32 in Chantelle's Top 50 Reality TV Stars, ahead of both Phixx and Clea who also appeared in Popstars: The Rivals.

2003–2008: Solo career[edit]

After the split Keith Semple continued his musical career reforming his pre-OTV band, the Keith Semple Band, then fronted the band Alibi.

2006–2012:7th Heaven[edit]

Main article: 7th Heaven (band)

In 2008, Keith Semple moved to the United States and joined Chicago-based rock band named 7th Heaven as their lead singer. This resulted in a critically acclaimed album USA-UK alluding to the co-operation of this UK act in an American band.

Presently the band consists of members:

  • Keith Semple – Guitars, Vocals (lead singer), Keyboards
  • Richard Hofherr – Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards
  • Mike Mooshey – Drums
  • Mark Kennetz – Bass, Vocals
  • Nick Cox – Guitar, Vocals
  • Tamara Mooshey- Vocals

The band is preparing a new release in 2010 on the occasion of the band's 25 years.[2]

2010: American Idol[edit]

In January 2010, Keith Semple successfully auditioned for the ninth season of American Idol. He was put in the intro to the Chicago episode of the American Idol.

Keith Semple says Simon Cowell was reportedly "unhappy" he did not tell his band members 7th Heaven in advance about his audition. But Fox Chicago affiliate offered to film Semple telling his band 7th Heaven[3] and allowed them to perform together on Fox, thus giving him a fresh chance.

At the actual Chicago auditions, he sang the Bryan Adams' song "Heaven". Simon Cowell said "I'm going to pass", but the three other judges Kara DioGuardi, Randy Jackson and guest judge Shania Twain approved him going to the next round on a golden ticket.[4]

But after the broadcast, it was revealed there was an immigration snafu about Semple's residency status, and that he being in the United States on a work visa and not as a permanent resident would disqualify him from applying to American Idol that stipulates that non-Americans applying to the show should at least have a permanent residency status, not a temporary working visa permit. The American Idol producers pulled the plug on Semple continuing with the competition and disqualified him.[5]

Interestingly enough, another former One True Voice band member Daniel Pearce had attempted a comeback in 2009 on the sixth season[6] of the UK The X Factor. Pearce was picked for the Final 24 but failed to make it to the Final 12.

2013 – Present: SEMPLE[edit]

After announcing his resignation as the lead singer of 7th Heaven in October 2012, Keith introduced his new band, SEMPLE, to the world. With members Johnny Jannotti (formerly of Chasing the Day), Drew Jonhson (formerly of Ordinary Outcasts), Amy Jay (formerly of Cat Fight) and Charley Bredrup (Fletcher Rockwell and The JR Miller Project), SEMPLE focuses on the original music Keith has been writing and recording for years, as well as new material the band is working on together.


Singles with One True Voice[edit]


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