Singer/Songwriter Keith Anderson’s latest song “I’ll Bring The Music” sums up Anderson to a T. That is one thing that you can always say about this academic athlete from Miami, OK, who has always excelled at anything he has put his mind to, is he WILL bring the Music.
Although he has co-written hits for other artists, most notably "Lost In This Moment", the No. 1 smash for Big & Rich which garnered him a CMA and ACM Song of the Year nomination, Anderson does not write with other artists in mind. "I think I’ll always write about what I know and feel--and typically with myself in mind. However, I write a lot and I keep the songs that are really speaking to me when I’m recording, and pitch everything else to other artists", says Anderson. Anderson also co-wrote the Grammy-nominated, "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)" for Garth Brooks and George Jones, "The Bed" for Gretchen Wilson and "Barn Burner" for Jason Michael Carroll.
His debut CD, "Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll", was certified Gold and garnered two Top 10 hits (accompanied by two No. 1 music videos), "Pickin’ Wildflowers," and "Every Time I Hear Your Name," along with two Top 30 hits "XXL" and "Podunk". This success prompted music trades Billboard and Radio & Records to name him country music’s No. 1 New Male Artist of 2005 and the top new solo country artist of the year.
It wasn’t just his music that was getting attention. Anderson was named one of People Magazine’s "50 Hottest Bachelors", and Men’s Fitness Magazine’s, "Ultimate Country Star”.
Anderson’s sophomore CD garnered the biggest hit of his career, “I Still Miss You”, which peaked at #2 and another Top 25 hit, “Sunday Morning In America”. Taking the lead with other gold and platinum artists, Anderson decided to take hold of the reigns this time by launching his music his own way and letting the fans help drive his music and passion. “I’ll Bring The Music” has had a huge resonance with the fans.” says Anderson. “As I tour all over the country, that is the song that gets them on their feet and is the song they are still singing as they head out the door. It reminds me of how “Pickin’ Wildflowers moved them”. And now Sirius XM Radio is "Dancin’ To The Beat" as it has been added to The Highway channel 59’s program, “On The Horizon”.
Other Career Facts:
Anderson has appeared on such programs as NBC’s Today, Inside Edition, Access Hollywood, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, Grand Ole Opry Live, CMT 100 Greatest Duets and CMT’s Unsung Stories.
He has performed on the GAC-televised concert special, Montgomery Gentry: Free to Rock, and starred in his own GAC concert event, Three Chord Country.
He was also selected by TV’s Dr. Phil McGraw to appear as a possible love interest for star Paula Abdul on A Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Love Smart, which aired Valentine’s Day on CBS.
Keith earned a coveted slot as one of country’s hottest new talents performing for radio industry movers & shakers at the CRS New Faces Show as part of the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.
Music flows through the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky just like the many rivers and lakes that run through it. Names like Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless, and Keith Whitley all took their first breath of life in the area, and Jackson native Chad Warrix says that music was everywhere he looked growing up – so much that he never thought about it as a career.
“I grew up with music all around me,” he recalls. “I was a typical kid. I never really considered music to be something I would pursue the rest of my life as a career. I just knew I loved music from an early age. My mom was a musician, and she loved guitar. Everybody on her side picked an instrument – banjo, mandolin or something. I always grew up with it, and maybe even took it for granted that it was available. I was into riding ATV’s and dirt bikes, or being outside playing basketball and baseball.”
As he grew older, Chad says his parents really began to encourage him musically. “My mom and dad encouraged me to take piano lessons early on, and later in life - as I picked up the guitar on my own, I became known as the musician guy around town. I was always in bands, and I was the kid that always had a guitar with me.”
Following his parents’ encouragement, Warrix took that guitar and his dreams to Nashville upon graduation from high school to attend Belmont University. “I enjoyed college, and that was my way of giving back to my parents. Nobody in my family had ever had a college degree, and they really wanted that. While I was here in school, I really got the bug for playing. I was playing on Broadway, traveling, and doing music more than I anticipated I would. Ever since then, I’ve been a road dog – playing every place you can imagine from one person on a back porch to arenas and stadiums.”
One of those places he performed at proved to be an important part of the Chad Warrix story. “At the end of school, we were playing a little club out in Antioch called the Courtyard Café. I didn’t know it at the time, but one of the acts we saw there were the Warren Brothers. Phil Vassar and the Kinleys played there too. But, I was doing a rock band that had nothing to do with country. We were playing two or three nights a week, and had a pretty good following. At the same time, a buddy of mine that I had known a little bit from back home in Kentucky named David Tolliver decided to move to town. He was known as a singer, and started to come out to see me at the Courtyard. We became fast friends, and he started traveling with us – tuning guitars and driving the van. He wanted to do country music, so I told my manager at the time, ‘You gotta hear this guy do Country.”
Warrix’s career was in th