The Best of Keynote Music and Friends Compilations

Tell us about yourself and your music

My name is Keith White, and I was born in Wise, Virginia in 1959. I grew up in Dante Virginia. My brothers and I were involved in music at an early age. I started taking piano lessons at the age of six. At the time, my eldest brother, Eddie, was taking organ lessons and was playing in a band called Woody and the Soul Brothers. Eddie played Bass and Saxophone in addition to the organ. I started to mess around with his sax at about the age of seven and quickly developed a love for the saxophone. My other older brother, Robbie, our organ player and I used to have a band with our local relatives and friends. I used to sing, play drums, and saxophone in that band. My dad took us to our first gig when I was about nine years old at a Juke Joint in Norton, Virginia. My father passed away in 1971 when I was eleven years old. To cope with his death, I became greatly immersed in playing the saxophone and continuing the band with my older brothers. Additionally, I participated in the Castlewood High school marching and concert bands. We had our own bands all throughout our elementary and high school years. My younger brother William joined our band when I was about 16. Even though he was ten years old at the time, William was our drummer. He studied and played the drums at Castlewood High School. I also studied music at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and East Tennessee State University. I was also a member of the US Air Force Drum and Bugle corps. Keynote Music Inc was founded by Keith, Vickey, and William White in 1997. Keynote Music Band has undergone several transitions whereas, today it consists primarily of family members: Vickey White, Robbie White, Eddie White, William White, and me. Keynote Music Inc has released the following CDs and single

Talk to us more about your latest release

This release is a compilation of songs composed by relatives and friends associated with Keynote Music Inc.

What inspired you to write this release?

I have four songs on this release that are political satire or activist on this release. I wanted this stuff to be heard prior to the election. This batch of songs are a mixture of genere:

Describe the writing and recording process

Typically we write the music first. Then we’d come up with a theme for the song. Lyrics are applied at a later date

Any plans to release a video?

As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?

Our music is a blend of several Genres

Who have you been listening to lately?

Funkadelic, Grover Washington, Bird, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Neville brothers

Who are your biggest influences?

George Clinton, Charlie Parker and The Neville Brothers

Tell us about your passions


What else is happening next in your world?

Just trying to cruse to retirement



Thanks for an awesome interview, Keynote Music Inc



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