Keith Semple

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Keith Semple
Birth nameKeith Semple
Born (1981-09-20) 20 September 1981 (age 38)
OriginLarne, Northern Ireland
GenresPop, rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
Instrumentsvocals, guitar, keyboard
Years active2001–present
Associated actsOne True Voice
Keith Semple Band
7th Heaven
Adam Levine
Manny Cabo
Dustin Christensen
Jordan Smith

Keith Semple (born 20 September 1981 in Larne, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish singer and musician. 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. In September 2015, Keith auditioned for Season 9 of The Voice as part of Team Adam. He was eliminated from competition after the Top 24 round.

2002: Popstars: The Rivals[edit]

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 for the boy band. 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 also won the competition.

2002–2003: One True Voice[edit]

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 UK Christmas 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]

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.

During Keith Semple's membership, the band consisted 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

With Semple the band released a number of studio and live albums: Medley CD (2007), U.S.A - U.K. (2008), Unplugged (2009), Pop Medley 2 (2009), Medley CD/DVD (2010), Jukebox (2010), Merry Christmas in Chicago (2010) and Pop Media (2011). He left the band in 2012.

In 2012, Keith Semple left the band and was replaced by Anthony Fedorov, a contestant finalist on the fourth season of American Idol.

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[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

Another former One True Voice band member Daniel Pearce had attempted a comeback less than a year earlier in 2009 on the sixth season[5] 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]

OriginUnited States
Years active2013–present
MembersKeith Semple
Johnny Jannotti
Drew Johnson
Valentine Bennett
Past membersAmy Jay
Charley Bredrup
Paulie Felice
Stevie Craig

After announcing his resignation as the lead singer of 7th Heaven in October 2012, Keith introduced his new band, SEMPLE. 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).

At the end of 2013, Amy announced she would be leaving the band to pursue her post grad education. One year later, the band, functioning as a 4-piece, mutually parted ways with Charley Bredrup. Following interim guitarists Paulie Felice (of Lexington, KY) and Stevie Craig, the position was permanently filled by Valentine Bennett (of McHenry, IL).

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.

U.S. The Voice[edit]

In 2015, he auditioned for season 9 of the American series The Voice. In the debut episode of the season broadcast on 21 September 2015, he sang "I'll Be There For You" with two of the four judges, Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani turning their chairs. Semple chose to be part of Team Adam.

Semple was paired against Manny Cabo in the Battle Rounds. They both sang The Who's "Baba O'Riley". Semple was declared the winner of the battle, thus advancing to the knockout rounds, where he was paired against Team Adam's Dustin Christensen, with Semple singing Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is" while Christensen opted the song "Free" from Zac Brown Band, with Adam Levine choosing Semple as winner of the Knockout and moving forward to the Live Shows.

On 9 November 2015, in the first round of live shows broadcast, he sang "To Be with You", but failed to attract the top 2 votes of Team Adam finalists, and failed to be saved by Levine and was eliminated from competition on 11 November 2015.

Stage Song Original Artist Date Order Result
Blind Audition "I'll Be There For You" Bon Jovi 21 September 2015 1.3 Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani turned
Joined Team Adam
Battle Rounds (Top 48) "Baba O'Riley" (vs. Manny Cabo) The Who 13 October 2015 8.1 Saved by Coach
The Knockouts (Top 32) "I Want to Know What Love Is" (vs. Dustin Christensen) Foreigner 27 October 2015 12.2
Live Playoffs (Top 24) "To Be with You" Mr. Big 9 November 2015 15.3 Eliminated

Non Competition Performances:

Order Friend Song
1.75 Amy Vachal, Chance Peña, Blaine Mitchell,
Shelby Brown, Jordan Smith


Albums with 7th Heaven[edit]

  • 2007: Medley CD
  • 2008: U.S.A - U.K.
  • 2009: Unplugged
  • 2010: Pop Medley 2 (2009)
  • 2010: Medley CD/DVD
  • 2010: Jukebox
  • 2010: Merry Christmas in Chicago
  • 2011: Pop Media

Singles with One True Voice[edit]


  1. ^ Music video for "Sacred Trust" featuring Keith Semple as member of One True Voice
  2. ^ Fox news item by Bill Zwecker entitled "Idol" Heartbreak
  3. ^ Audition of Keith Semple on ninth season of American Idol
  4. ^ Bill Zwecker (20 January 2010). "Singer's 'golden ticket' yanked". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 23 January 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  5. ^ Audition of Daniel Pearce, a former band mate on the UK The X Factor

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