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The best kept secret in music


"For Chris' solo album"

"Chris Keup shows his mastery of lyrical and
sonic elegance on his debut album"
-- The Washington Times

"Idiosyncratic and melancholy, Chris Keup's The
Subject of Some Regret is a memorable and
impressively wide-ranging solo debut. The whispery-
voiced singer-songwriter is clearly influenced by
Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Nick
Drake but is ultimately his own man. He clearly
inspires the backing musicians, who deliver a
dreamy, rich, yet improvised sound that owes as
much to jazz as to pop. The lyrics are
accomplished and somewhat cryptic adding a
mysterious edge to the proceedings."
-- Performing Songwriter

"The new songs reveal why Keup has amassed a
loyal following up and down the east coast."
-- Playback Magazine
“A full blown creative juggernaut.�
--The Music Monthly
Subject lies, “somewhere in between the whisky
soaked tales spun by Tom Waits and the smooth
lovers crooning of Chris Isaac...even without the
music the words could stand on their own,
reading like a beat poet’s manifesto.�
-- 9X magazine

“With his superb songwriting and distinctive
vocals, Chris Keup has created one of the most
emotionally appealing and elaborately arranged
recordings of our time.�
--Subject of Some Regret producer John Alagia
(Dave Matthews, Ben Folds Five, and Vertical
“Keup has a knack for creating intriguing
vignettes full of restless characters, yearning
emotions, evocative imagery, and unresolved
--The Washington Post - several publications


Chris' work has appeared on:

Sample Albums:
Jason Mraz -Waiting For My Rocket To Come (Elektra)
O.A.R. - Stories for a Stranger (Lava)
Johnathan Rice - Trouble is Real (Warner Bros.)
Erin McKeown - We Will Become Like Birds (Nettwerk)

Sample TV Shows:
The O.C.
One Tree Hill

Sample Movies:
Chasing Liberty
Try Seventeen


Feeling a bit camera shy


At 32 Chris Keup has produced and/or co-written with some of college music's favorite artists including: Jason Mraz, Graham Colton, OAR, Erin McKeown, Missy Higgins, Matt Nathanson, Adam Richman, Lori McKenna, Meg Allison, Christopher Jak, Willa Ford, Tim Blane and many others. The production company that he founded, Grantham Dispatch, has discovered and produced a number of young artists and helped them secure offers from labels such as Warner Bros., Capitol, Epic, OR Music, RCA and others.
If booked at 30 or more colleges, Chris will offer the most promising act a production/shopping deal.


- presented with ASCAP's Sammy Cahn Award in a Lincoln Center ceremony ($10,000 lyricist award)
- signed by legendary publisher Lionel Conway (Beatles, U2, Elton John)
- co-produced several albums with producer John Alagia most famous for his work with John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Lifehouse and many more.
- showcased by ASCAP at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW.
- songs have sold over 2 million copies