It’s easy to say you “love” something, but it’s the route in which that emotion comes from that means the most. For singer/songwriter Keith Walker, words cannot describe how deeply the relationship between emotion and music resonates with him. Keith’s passion for country music extends far beyond crafting lyrics and melodies. It seems odd coming from a guy raised in a picture perfect beach town at the end of the LAX runway, yet the road in which he got here makes perfect sense.
The sounds of Haggard, Yoakum, Gary Allan and Garth Brooks had always resonated through the walls of Keith’s California home, but it wasn't until his brother showed him the true power of country music that he realized his calling in life. Keith watched as his brother coped with the loss of his high school sweetheart after a horrific accident by singing along to the song "Don't Take The Girl" by Tim McGraw.
"He hit his knees and sang along almost as if he was praying out loud. For the first time in my life it wasn't just words in a song. It was real life and I knew it was what I had to do with mine."
From that point on, his radio never left the country dial. With every song he heard, he knew more and more that this was what he was supposed to do with his life.
Immediately after high school, Keith was pursuing an opera scholarship by day and playing country music locally in clubs at night. After a roll over crash in his pickup truck on a California freeway where only he and his guitar survived, Keith realized that Nashville was waiting for him.
"It was my get busy living or get busy dying moment,” recalls Walker.
After moving to Nashville, Keith attended Middle Tennessee State University while pursuing his dream in the Honky-Tonks on Broadway at night. He began meeting and writing with some of Nashville’s best songwriters, developing a sound that he could call his own. Keith writes lyrics that resonate deeper than a few lines on a page because of his commitment to stay true to himself.
“When I sit down to write a song, I always do my best to make it as real and true to myself as possible. That’s the only way to connect with country music fans,” Walker tells.
Keith’s matchless honesty and emotion runs throughout his catalog and sits at the forefront of his last radio single “Me Too” and landed in the top 30* on the MusicRow Chart and top 40* on Billboard Indicator.
Keith’s time on the road with his band playing fairs, festivals, meeting radio stations and connecting with fans has begun paying off. In 2016 & 2017 he took home the Nashville Industry Music Award (NIMA) for Best Country Male Solo Artist. Successes like these have led to opportunities to play dates with Kenny Chesney, Canaan Smith, Jana Kramer, and Clint Black. He is excited to be releasing his next single, “That Song” because it strikes a different tone than his other releases. Look out for it this June!