Keith Thomas (producer)
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Keith Thomas, born and raised in the Atlanta suburb of Conyers, Georgia, is a Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter with 40 #1 Billboard hits. His production and artist management company, Levosia Entertainment, is currently in Nashville, Tennessee.
Born and raised in the Atlanta suburb of Conyers, GA., Keith was singing lead for his father's gospel group by the age of nine. His ability as a keyboard player led him, while still in High School, to recording sessions in Atlanta studios. Here he came to the attention of country superstar Ronnie Milsap.
Keith moved to Nashville as Ronnie's first staff writer for Milsap's newly formed publishing company, Ronjoy Music. Shortly thereafter, Keith signed on with Word Records and began a seven-year tenure as their staff writer and producer. During this time, Keith produced over 16 albums for various artists earning over 20 #1 singles.
Encouraged by this success, Keith left Word and founded his own publishing and production company, Yellow Elephant Music, and began writing and producing music for BeBe & CeCe Winans. During their four album collaboration, the three sold over 3 million albums and had nine top 30 singles, six of which went top 10 and two of which went #1. As a result of this relationship, BeBe & CeCe earned four Grammy awards, an additional Grammy nomination, and five Dove awards.
In 1991, Keith crossed over into the world of mainstream pop when he partnered with longtime friend Amy Grant to garner their first #1, Top 40 hit, "Baby Baby." At the same time, Keith focused his talents on former Miss America, soon to become international pop and movie star, Vanessa Williams. He wrote and produced five tracks on her Comfort Zone album including the #1 hit, "Save the Best for Last". These two #1 songs with Grant and Williams earned Keith Grammy nominations for Producer of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year.
Responding to the momentum created by this success, Keith acquired The Bennett House recording complex in Franklin, TN. Twenty minutes from downtown Nashville, The Bennett House not only accommodates Keith's personal project studio and administrative offices but also offers outside clients a 19th-century recording environment that is unique in the Nashville music scene.
Christening the move into The Bennett House, Keith turned his attention again to Amy Grant by writing and producing for her House of Love album. This album boasted several hits for Keith including the songs, "Lucky One," and the title track, "House of Love." Keith produced the song "The Sweetest Days" for Vanessa Williams as well as records for James Ingram, Peabo Bryson, Deborah Cox, Regina Belle and Wendy Moten. In 1995, Keith wrote and produced the hit song, "I Could Fall In Love," for Selena. Selena thus became the first artist to place both a Spanish- and an English-language song in the top 10 of the Hot Latin Tracks chart. "I Could Fall in Love" became the fifth best-charting song from that chart in 1995 and remained the highest-charting English-language song for two years, until Celine Dion's 1998 single "My Heart Will Go On" surpassed it when it peaked at number 1.The album, Dreaming Of You, on which I Could Fall In Love appears, has now been certified 35x platinum. That year Keith also produced Vanessa Williams' Academy Award winning single, "Colors of the Wind," for the multi-platinum selling motion picture soundtrack, Pocahontas.
In 1997, Keith completed tracks for Amy Grant's next album, Behind The Eyes and Vanessa Williams' follow up album, Next. He also produced records for Michael Bolton, Luther Vandross, Brian McKnight, Tamia and Puff Johnson.
In early 1998, Keith produced several songs for Vanessa Williams and Jon Secada for the movie, Dance with Me. He also produced the track, "I Do (Cherish You)," for 98°'s multi-platinum album on Universal Records, 98° and Rising The song was also featured in the Julia Roberts/Hugh Grant romantic comedy, Notting Hill. In Addition, Keith was nominated for a Grammy for Producer of the Year for the 1998 Grammy awards.
In late 1998, Keith served as the principle Producer and co-Executive Producer for the multi-artist Touched By An Angel album featuring songs inspired by the popular television series. On this project, Keith worked with Deana Carter, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Uncle Sam and Wynonna.
Early in 1999, Keith produced the track "Precious Wings" on MJJ artist Tatyana Ali for the Disney movie, Fantasia 2000. During that year he also produced tracks for Yolanda Adams, Wild Orchid and Vanessa Williams. Keith also produced the song, "You're Where I Belong," for Trisha Yearwood for the movie, Stuart Little.
After a three year hiatus at the turn of the millennium, in 2005 Keith formed Levosia Entertainment, with an emphasis on developing young undiscovered talent. His initial discovery, Jordan Pruitt, he signed with Hollywood Records, and in conjunction with the release of her debut album, No Ordinary Girl, Jordan opened for numerous Disney sponsored concert tours, including High School Musical: The Concert, The Cheetah Girls and Demo Lovato.
Keith next became aware of a young YouTube sensation, Savannah Outen. Her three singles released to Radio Disney, Goodbyes, If You Only Knew and Fighting For My Life, received unprecedented airplay for an independent label artist, twice beating out The Jonas Brothers and The High School Musical for the Dot Com Top 3 #1 position. Under Keith’s watch, Savannah’s YouTube fan response grew to 75 million YouTube views with 250,000 subscribers.
In 2009 Keith produced the Grammy Award wining Heather Headley album, Audience Of One. In 2012 Keith produced the Grammy nominated band, forever JONES’ new album, Musical Revival released April 10, 2012 on EMI Records. He also reconnected with Heather Headley in 2012 to produce a project in conjunction with her lead role in the stage adaptation of The Body Guard, which opened in the UK, November 2012. The Whitney Houston tribute moves from the UK to Broadway in 2014.
Keith also produced the title track and three additional songs for The Voice finalist, Chris Mann’s debut CD, Roads on Universal Republic. Chris also delivered a stellar performance on his first PBS, which aired March 2012.
In early 2013 Keith was asked to participate in the reality series Chasing Nashville on Lifetime, which follows seven aspiring artists from West Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina. Given Keith’s track record for identifying and developing talent, this was a natural fit. 9 episodes are now available online. Keith also produced and co-wrote several songs for the soundtrack.
Keith is also a founding member of farfurther.com - the forthcoming .music initiative. To learn more, visit www.farfurther.com
Keith is directing the development of Celica Westbrook, a teenage pop-prodigy whose vocals rival even the most established singers of the world. To learn more about Celica visit celicawestbrook.com.
Currently Keith manages 18 year old Celica Westbrook, the Grammy nominated band foreverJONES and Dominique Jones. www.foreverJONES.com
Keith is also in the studio with The Canadian Tenors for a 2015 release.
The album credits below, while comprehensive, may contain omissions and will be updated accordingly as more information becomes available
|2014||SAFE||Celica Westbrook||Producer/Writer - Theme Song For Agape International Missions Event Palm Beach 2014|
|2014||Hope In Front Of Me Album||Danny Gokey||Producer/Writer • One Life, It's Not Over, This Is What It Means, Because Of You|
|2013||The Promised Land||Marsha Hancock||Executive Producer/Producer/Writer (Theme Song For Lifetime Reality Series, Chasing Nashville)|
|2013||Chasing Nashville Soundtrack||Multiple Artists||Executive Producer/Producer/Writer|
|2013||Boys 'Round Here (Remix)||Blake Shelton||Producer/Arranger|
|2013||Long Way To Go (Remix)||Josh Gracin||Producer/Arranger - Average Joe's Entertainment|
|2013||The Only One In The World||Heather Headley||Producer/Writer|
|2011||The Ultimate Sacrifice||Bebe Winans||Producer|
|2010||Fighting For My Life||Savannah Outen||Producer • Radio Disney|
|2010||If You Only Knew||Savannah Outen||Producer • Radio Disney|
|2010||Tight Hole||Laura Turner||Producer, Arranger, Songwriter|
|2009||The Real Thing||Vanessa Williams||Producer, Arranger, Programmer, Piano|
|2009||Audience Of One||Heather Headley||Producer, Arranger, Programmer, Piano|
|2009||Stand(In The Light)||James Ingram||Producer, Arranger, Programmer, Writer|
|2009||Still (Reunion Project)||Bebe & Cece Winans||Producer, Arranger, Programmer, Writer|
|2008||Goodbyes||Savannah Outen||Producer, Arranger, Programmer - Radio Disney|
|2008||WOW Gospel 2008||Various Artists||Producer|
|2007||Very Best of Disney Channel||Various Artists||Producer|
|2007||Ultimate Collection||BeBe & CeCe Winans||Producer|
|2007||Timeless: The Selah Collection||Selah||Keyboards, Programming, Producer|
|2007||Rissi Palmer||Rissi Palmer||Piano, Arranger, Producer|
|2007||Number 1's: Love Songs||Various Artists||Arranger, Producer|
|2007||Number 1's: '90 Soul||Various Artists||Producer|
|2007||No Ordinary Girl [Bonus DVD]||Jordan Pruitt||Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Piano, Guitar (Electric), Programming, Vocals (bckgr), Producer, Drum Programming High School Musical|
|2007||Jump In!||Original Soundtrack||Producer|
|2007||Colorful World Children's Book||Cece Winans||Co-writer - Maren Green Publishing|
|2007||Greatest Hits [Sparrow]||Amy Grant||Producer|
|2007||Eighties: The Ultimate Collection||Various Artists||Producer|
|2007||Disneymania, Vol. 5||Disney||Piano, Producer, String Arrangements|
|2007||Definitive Collection||First Call||Producer|
|2007||Definitive Collection||Steve Camp||Producer|
|2006||WOW Gospel 2006||Various Artists||Arranger, Producer|
|2006||Treasures: A Collection of Their Greatest Hits||BeBe & CeCe Winans||Arranger, Producer|
|2006||Nativity Story: Sacred Songs||Original Soundtrack||Producer|
|2006||Bless the Broken Road: The Duets Album||Selah||Keyboards, Programming, Producer|
|2005||Purified||CeCe Winans||Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Piano, Arranger, Drums, Guitar (Bass), Keyboards, Producer, Executive Producer, Drum Programming|
|2005||Disney's Greatest Hits [# 1]||Disney||Arranger, Producer|
|2004||Walt Disney Records Presents Superstar Hits||Disney||Arranger, Producer|
|2004||Love Songs||Vanessa Williams||Arranger, Producer|
|2004||In This Skin [Bonus Tracks & DVD]||Jessica Simpson||Bass, Arranger, Keyboards, Programming, Producer, Mixing|
|2004||The Hard Way||Owsley||Strings, Producer, Photography|
|2004||Greatest Hits 1986-2004||Amy Grant||Producer, Remix Producer, Remix Arrangement|
|2004||Best of Peabo Bryson [Columbia]||Peabo Bryson||Synthesizer, Programming, Producer, Drum Programming, Original Recording Producer|
|2004||The Best of Mandy Moore||Mandy Moore||Synthesizer, Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Arranger, Producer, Drum|
|2004||BeBe & CeCe Winans [Platinum Disc]||BeBe & CeCe Winans||Producer|
|2003||WOW Hits 2004||Various Artists||Producer|
|2003||Simple Things||Amy Grant||Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Keyboards, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, Drum Programming, Mixing|
|2003||In This Skin||Jessica Simpson||Bass, Keyboards, Programming, Producer, Mixing|
|2003||History Makers: The Best of Gospel, Vol. 1||Various Artists||Producer|
|2003||Great Family of Gospel||The Winans Family||Producer|
|2003||20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The||Vanessa Williams||Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements|
|2002||Selena [Original Soundtrack 2003]||Original Soundtrack||Arranger, Producer|
|2002||Prelude: The Best of Charlotte Church||Charlotte Church||Producer|
|2002||Great Women of Gospel, Vol. 3||Various Artists||Producer|
|2002||Disney's Superstar Hits||Disney||Arranger, Producer|
|2001||Osmosis Jones||Original Soundtrack||Arranger, Producer|
|2001||Great Gospel Moments: Men of Gospel||Various Artists||Producer|
|2001||Enchantment||Charlotte Church||Arranger, Producer, Synthesizer Programming|
|2000||WOW Gold||Various Artists||Producer|
|2000||Super Hits||Peabo Bryson||Arranger, Producer|
|2000||Isn't She Great||Burt Bacharach||Programming, Producer|
|2000||I Wanna Be with You||Mandy Moore||Guitar (Acoustic), Arranger, Programming, Producer, Drum Programming, Synthesizer Programming, Writer|
|2000||Heart of a Champion||Carman||Producer, Writer|
|2000||Disney's Greatest Hits||Various Artists||Producer|
|2000||Center Stage [Sony]||Original Soundtrack||Synthesizer, Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Arranger, Producer, Drum Programming, Writer|
|2000||At Last||Gladys Knight||Arranger, Producer|
|1999||WOW 2000||Various Artists||Producer|
|1999||Mountain High... Valley Low||Yolanda Adams||Multi Instruments, Producer, Writer|
|1999||Fantasia 2000||Walt Disney||Producer|
|1998||Yours Faithfully||Rebbie Jackson||Arranger, Producer|
|1998||Very Best of Vanessa Williams [Polygram International]||Vanessa Williams||Producer|
|1998||Touched by an Angel: The Album||Television Soundtrack||Executive Producer, Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements,|
|1998||Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years||Vanessa Williams||Synthesizer, Bass, Arranger, Keyboards, Producer, String Arrangements, Drum Programming, Piano Programming|
|1998||Everything's Gonna Be Alright||Deana Carter||Arranger, Keyboards, Producer|
|1998||Disney's Greatest Pop Hits||Various Artists||Arranger, Producwer|
|1998||Dance with Me||Original Soundtrack||Arranger, Producer|
|1998||Audra & Alayna||Audra & Alayna||Guitar (Acoustic), Arranger, Keyboards, Programming, Melodica, Producer|
|1998||98° and Rising||98°||Bass, Keyboards, Producer (I Do Cherish You)|
|1997||Takes a Little Time||Amy Grant||Guitar (Electric), Keyboards, Producer|
|1997||Speed 2: Cruise Control||Original Soundtrack||Synthesizer, Piano, Arranger, Programming, Producer|
|1997||One Night with You: The Best of Love, Vol. 2||Luther Vandross||Synthesizer, Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements, Bass Programming|
|1997||Next||Vanessa Williams||Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Arranger, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements, Drum Programming, Keyboard Programming, Bass Programming|
|1997||Behind the Eyes||Amy Grant||Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Arranger, Guitar (Electric), Keyboards, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements, Synthesizer Programming|
|1997||Anytime||Brian McKnight||Synthesizer, Piano, Arranger, Producer, Bass Programming|
|1997||All That Matters||Michael Bolton||Multi Instruments, Drum Programming, Bass Programming, Producer|
|1996||This Is the Time: The Christmas Album||Michael Bolton||Guitar, Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements, Drum Programming, Piano Programming, Synthesizer Programming|
|1996||NBA at 50: A Musical Celebration||Various Artists||Synthesizer, Piano, Arranger, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements, Drum Programming, Piano Programming, Synthesizer Programming|
|1996||Miracle||Puff Johnson||Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Arranger, Programming, Producer|
|1996||Kissing Rain||Roch Voisine||Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Programming, Producer|
|1996||First Wives Club [Original Soundtrack]||Original Soundtrack||Producer|
|1996||Count on Me/Hold Up the Light||Whitney Houston/Cece & BeBe Winans||Arranger, Producer|
|1995||WOW 1996: The Year's 30 Top Christian Artists and Son||Various Artists||Producer|
|1995||Tapestry Revisited: A Tribute to Carole King||Various Artists||Piano, Piano (Electric), Producer, String Arrangements|
|1995||Sweetest Days||Vanessa Williams||Bass, Piano, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements|
|1995||Reachin' Back||Regina Belle||Synthesizer, Producer, Bass Programming|
|1995||Pocahontas [Original Soundtrack]||Original Soundtrack||Arranger, Producer • Academy Award Best Song For Motion Picture|
|1995||Greatest Hits||Exposé||Synthesizer, Arranger, Producer, Bass Programming|
|1995||I Could Fall In Love||Selena||Synthesizer, Arranger, Producer, Programmed Bass, Writer|
|1995||Deborah Cox||Deborah Cox||Synthesizer, Bass|
|1995||Can't Stop Talking About Him||Gaither Vocal Band||Producer|
|1994||Through the Fire||Peabo Bryson||Synthesizer, Percussion, Arranger, Drums, Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangement|
|1994||Relationships||BeBe & CeCe Winans||Arranger, Writer|
|1994||Pure Pleasure||Phil Perry||Bass, Percussion, Arranger, Keyboards, Producer, Keyboard Programming, Track Arrangement|
|1994||Mask [Original Soundtrack]||Original Soundtrack||Producer|
|1994||Lucky One [CD Single]||Amy Grant||Producer|
|1994||Kathy Troccoli||Kathy Troccoli||Synthesizer, Percussion, Drums, Programming, Producer|
|1994||House of Love||Amy Grant||Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Arranger, Piano (Electric), Programming, Producer, String Arrangements, Drum Programming, Percussion Programming, Synthesizer Programming|
|1994||Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert||Original Soundtrack||Arranger, Producer|
|1994||8 Seconds||8 Seconds: Original Soundtrack||Arranger, Producer|
|1993||Wanna Girl||Jeremy Jordan||Synthesizer, Bass, Arranger, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals (bckgr), Producer, Writer, Vocal Arrangement, Drum Programming|
|1993||Revival in the Land||Carman||Synthesizer, Bass, Arranger, Producer, Drum Programming, Synclavier Horns, Synclavier Drums|
|1993||Always You||James Ingram||Arranger, Drums, Keyboards, Programming, Producer, Drum Programming, Keyboard Programming, Bass Programming|
|1993||Addicted to Jesus||Carman||Producer|
|1992||Trey Lorenz||Trey Lorenz||Bass, Arranger, Keyboards, Producer, Vocal Arrangement, Drum Programming|
|1992||Comin' on Strong||Carman||Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Programming, Vocals (bckgr), Producer, Fender Rhodes, Synthesizer Bass, Moog Bass|
|1992||Champion||Carman||Arranger, Keyboards, Programming, Producer, Synthesizer Programming|
|1991||Shakin' The House||Carman||Synthesizer, Bass, Arranger, Programming, Producer, Drum Programming, Synclavier Horns, Synthesizer Programming|
|1991||Love Overflowing||Sandi Patti||Arranger, Keyboards, Track Arrangement|
|1991||Heart in Motion||Amy Grant||Synthesizer, Bass, Arranger, Drums, Vocals (bckgr), Producer, Drum Programming, Percussion Programming|
|1991||Different Lifestyles||BeBe & CeCe Winans||Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Arranger, Producer, Drum Programming, Instrumentation|
|1991||Comfort Zone||Vanessa Williams||Bass, Arranger, Keyboards, Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangement, String Arrangements, Drum Programming, Rhythm Arrangements|
|1990||River of Love||David Foster||Synthesizer Programming|
|1989||The Choice Of A New Generation||Pepsi||Producer, Synclavier, (International Theme Song)|
|1989||Precious Moments: Fall '88||Steve & Annie Chapman||Piano, Overdubs, Synclavier, String Arrangements, Synthesizer Overdubs|
|1988||New World||Karla Bonoff||Synthesizer, Bass, Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements, Drum Programming|
|1988||Live: Radically Saved||Carman||Synthesizer, Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Percussion, Arranger, Keyboards, Vocals (bckgr), Multi Instruments, Producer, Synclavier, Introduction|
|1988||Lead Me On||Amy Grant||Synclavier|
|1988||Heaven||BeBe & CeCe Winans||Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Arranger, Drums, Guitar (Steel), Programming, Producer, Synclavier, Vocal Arrangement, Horn Arrangements, Drum Programming|
|1987||Something Takes Over||First Call||Keyboards, Programming, Track Arrangement|
|1987||I Prefer the Moonlight||Kenny Rogers||Keyboards|
|1987||BeBe & CeCe Winans||BeBe & CeCe Winans||Keyboards, Vocals (bckgr), Producer, String Arrangements|
|1986||Velvet & Steel||Dion||Keyboards|
|1986||Live And Learn||Paul Smith (Christian music performer)||Producer, Songwriter, Arrangements, Programming, Keyboards|
- The All Music Guitar (allmusic.com) - all details listed under "Keith Thomas [Producer]"