Kelly Keeling was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana and remembers having a distinct fascination with music as far back as pre school. At the age of 14 he got his GED and commenced his career in music which has lead him all over the world several times as a recording artist /singer / songwriter / multi instrumentalist / producer and has recorded and performed with some of the most influential recording artists of our time. Starting with being signed by Ahmet Ertigan of Atlantic records.
April 23, 2005 Mascot Records Worldwide releases "Giving Sight to the Eye", Kelly?s first solo album featuring Kerry Livgren, Roger Daltrey, Don Dokken, Denny Laine, Tony Franklin, Carmine & Vinnie Appice among friends he has met along the way.
This chronological synopsis of Kelly Keeling?s career highlights and some of his major accomplishments.
Kelly signs with Atlantic Records with the band Baton Rouge. This put him in the public eye with MTV, AOR radio exposure and two U.S. tours.
This was a busy year as Kelly worked on Alice Cooper?s ?Hey Stoopid? album for which he co-wrote the song ?Snakebite? and sang background vocals. He also wrote songs for the movie ?Rich Girl".
After the third Baton Rouge album release, the band split due to Kelly leaving and joining John Sykes? band Blue Murder where he met Carmine Appice and Tony Franklin who would be very important musicians in his future. The resulting album ?Nothing But Trouble? took two years to complete and was produced by John Sykes & John Kalodner.- Geffen records
Kelly and Yngwie Malmsteen record "Speed King" a Deep Purple Tribute for the Shrapnel Records release ?Smoke on the Water?.
Kelly became vocalist for the John Norum Band, produced two albums released on Sony/ Epic/ , Zero Corporation, Shrapnel Records and toured Sweden.
Kelly became singer, songwriter, producer, guitarist, keyboardist for Carmine Appice?s ?Guitar Zeus? albums, showcasing the very best guitarists in the world. Three albums released on Polygram, Koch, Revel Music, One Music and Sony International.
Co-wrote/contributed two songs for the movie ?Dish Dogs?.
Kelly, Denny Laine and Roger Daltry & Carmine Appice appear on the movie soundtrack "Chasing Destiny" which kelly wrote, produced and performed songs and scored. Kelly has a small acting part as a "Band Member".
Kelly scored the soundtrack for the movie "Totally Irresponsible".
He became the Michael Schenker Group vocalist for the album ?The Unforgiven?.
Kelly was featured on Michael Schenker?s ?The Unforgiven World Tour? live album.
Kelly was recruited for 7 songs by Don Dokken to step in as assistant songwriter, background vocalist and producer for the 2002 Dokken CD ?Long Way Home? released by CMC International.
Kelly was featured as vocalist on keyboardist Erik Norlander?s Concept album and European tour in June where they also did songs from Kelly?s solo album then in the mixing stages. This 3 piece band featuring Erik Norlander and Vinnie Appice, performed shows as Kelly Keeling during a 3 day festival that featured the reformed Judas Priest, Allman Brothers band, among many other veterans and new artists.
2004 - Kelly again writes and produces with Don Dokken for the album "Hell To Pay". (Sanctuary records). Then records with George Lynch. Tours with Lynch co headlining with Yngwie Malmsteen. The George Lynch album "Furious George" featuring Kelly on vocals is released.
Summer/Fall. 2004 - Kelly tours again as singer, bassist with Erik Norlander / Lana Lane in the USA, Europe, and Russia.
2005 - Kelly participates on the Michael Schenker Groups 25th anniversary cd Titled Tales Of Rock & Roll where all MSG singers appear. Kelly writes 3 songs for this album , 2 for previous MSG vocalists Graham Bonnet and Gary Barden and of Course one for himself Titled "Big Deal" which opens the album.
April 23, 2005 MASCOT RECORDS worldwide Releases "Giving Sight to the Eye", Kelly?s first solo album featuring Kerry Livgren, Roger Daltry, Don Dokken, Denny Laine, Tony Franklin, Carmine & Vinnie Appice among others recieves glowing reviews. Release date in America set for May 23rd 2005.
Kelly is rehearsing and looking forward to a world tour in support of this album. Future very promising.Good reviews, Finally out from behind the scenes receiving recognition for not only a respected singer / songwriter, but for playing almost all the instruments on each song as well as producing the cd. :"Giving Sight to The Eye".