Latch Key Kid

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Latch Key Kid
Background information
Born (1976-07-18) July 18, 1976 (age 41)
Origin Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.
Genres Pop, rock, folk, alternative
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Singing, guitar, piano, drums, harmonica, mandolin, bass
Labels Shadowmind Studios, Experience Records

Gavin Heaney (born July 18, 1976) (professionally known as Latch Key Kid) is an American singer-songwriter from Manhattan Beach, California. His albums include the self-titled "Latch Key Kid" released on September 21, 2005, "Miracle Mile" released on January 23, 2008, "All Becomes One" released on January 22, 2009 and "Live & Acoustic" released on October 19, 2009.


Born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California, attended Mira Costa High School and went to University of California, Santa Barbara, where he lived for about four years before moving back to Manhattan Beach.

Latch Key Kid creates his own signature sound by playing the guitar, bass, piano, drums, mandolin, and harmonica on his recordings. "Heaney's biggest strengths: He produces, plays multiple instruments, is stylistically diverse... His live show has been marketable, too."[1] Think mid-60's Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Simon and Garfunkel: it's the ability to write songs that are like smiles.[2]

His song Good Times was used in the opening of the DreamWorks movie I Love You, Man, and was included in the Lakeshore Records soundtrack of the film. A music video for the song was directed by Joey Boukadakis.[3] The song is also used in the advertisements of Australian drama Packed To The Rafters. Good Times was also used in the 2008 Coca-Cola commercial entitled "Jinx" that first aired during Super Bowl XLII and reached an audience of over 97 million viewers. The commercial was considered, "A close second to Kina Grannis in terms of worldwide coming-out parties" for new artists. "The spot, featuring Democrat James Carville and Republican Bill Frist cavorting together, perfectly fit the mood of the cheery ditty about sharing good times with good friends." [4]

Good Times and Almost Anything were used in the promos for the second season of the Australian TV show Packed to the Rafters and was featured in the Packed to the Rafters Soundtrack Volume 2. Good Times has also been used on "Dancing With The Stars Australia" and in the trailer for the Warner Brothers movie "The Invention of Lying." In October 2009, Good Times was featured in a one-minute short film entitled Dave Knoll Finds His Soul, featuring Heroes star, Masi Oka and directed by Milo Ventimiglia. The short was made for the Responsibility Project, a joint initiative of NBC and Liberty Mutual Group. The short aired during the Heroes episode "Hysterical Blindness" on October 12, 2009.

In May and June 2010 Good Times was included in Continental Airlines in-flight radio show "Hit Factory" on every Continental Airlines flight.

His new album, "All Becomes One," was released in Australia and New Zealand through Warner Music Australia.[5] "Last Song" became the unprecedented tenth song to be licensed off of Latch Key Kid's album "All Becomes One," when it was used in Skyrunners which is the first Disney XD Original Movie that had premiered on November 27, 2009.


Latch Key Kid is an advocate for a variety of causes, working with Music for Relief and The Surfrider Foundation, among others.




  • 2008: "Good Times"
  • 2008: "This World Keeps Turning"
  • 2009: "Christmas Everyday"
  • 2010: "It Might Be Love" (Duet with Lindsay Ray)
  • 2010: "Wide Open"
  • 2014: "Before I Fall" (with Sami Freeman)



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