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.

Biography[1][edit]

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.[40] "I Could Fall in Love" became the fifth best-charting song from that chart in 1995[64] 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.[65]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.

In early 2000, Keith wrote and produced the hit song, "I Wanna Be With You," for Mandy Moore. The song was featured in the Columbia Pictures film, Center Stage.

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.

Album Credits[2][edit]

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
2012 Musical Revival ForeverJONES Producer
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 Pagemaster James Horner Producer
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
1993 Absolute Best 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
1985 Action Steve Archer Producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.keiththomas.com/about.html
  2. ^ The All Music Guitar (allmusic.com) - all details listed under "Keith Thomas [Producer]"

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