Keaton Simons

Keaton Simons

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

Blues/rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Keaton Simons is truly what the Los Angeles Times terms “a triple threat.” He captivates audiences with an authentic voice, compelling and soul-baring songs, and a command of both acoustic and electric guitars in every genre.

Biography

The Los Angeles Times described the voice of their native song as having a "lived-in quality that will echo in our minds and hearts for years to come." Keaton Simons has enjoyed international recognition for his role in the singer/songwriter/pop world while on major labels Maverick and CBS Records. The blues/rock guitaristsinger and songwriter released his debut full-length album, Can You Hear Me, in 2008 and his follow up, Beautiful Pain, in 2013. He's performed his original music on The Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe Late Late Show with Craig FergusonLast Call with Carson Daly, and The Ellen DeGenereres Show. Keaton's music is also regularly placed in feature films and TV shows including Sons of AnarchyPrivate Practice, and NCIS. Most recently, his latest single, "When I Go," was featured in the 2015 Summer Finale of SUITS.

In 2015, Keaton supported Chris Cornell on his new album promo tour, playing guitar and singing background vocals on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonJimmy Kimmel Live, Good Morning America and more. A video accompanying Cornell on "Nothing Compares 2 U" at SiriusXM Lithium XM surpassed 2 million views and Keaton's solo was named 1 of 5 Top Guitar Solos of 2015 by Baeble Music. 

Not surprisingly, Premier Guitar magazine has welcomed Keaton as a guest guitar teacher on their website and says, "Simons can play." In addition to being the face of Advanced Guitar for Ubisoft's Rocksmith video game, Keaton shines on guitar and vocals at pop-up jam sessions with legendary musicians like drummer Robin DiMaggio (Paul Simon, David Bowie), bassist Alex Al (Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder), and percussionist Lenny Castro (Boz Scaggs, Fleetwood Mac). Proving that genres are just a state of mind, Keaton has even had success in the hop hop world as a writer, musical director, singer, guitarist and bassist with notable acts like Snoop DoggGnarls BarkleyTre Hardson of The Pharcyde, and underground hip hop legend Medusa.

Lyrics

Currently

Written By: Keaton Simons

Currently
written by Keaton Simons

My love is a storm
She doesn’t wait for me
And now that she’s gone
I fear that she’ll never be
Back in my arms
Oh
She held me tight
And I just might
Be losing
Oh
When the rain comes down
The clouds will roll
Lord, and the wind will blow
You are my undertow
Caught in a rip tide
And I am currently in love with you

My love is an ocean
She glides like a seagull
She is the potion
That makes me emotional
She is a song
That the waves sing
To the shore
In the key of a gentle breeze
Oh
You are everything
To me
And more
You are my undertow
Caught in a rip tide
And I am currently in love with you
(Break)

You are my undertow
Caught in a rip tide
And I am currently in love with you
Oh
You are my undertow
Caught in a rip tide
And I am
Currently in love with you

Nobody Knows

Written By: Keaton Simons and The Matrix

Nobody Knows
written by Keaton Simons & The Matrix

Blink
That’s my wake-up call
I’m slowly falling back to sleep
Just in time
for a mirror full of dreams
to wash me clean
I reflect upon
this burning secret
that we keep
Once again
we tell our friends
there’s nothing going on
Sure, sure, honey
Haven’t seen you around
That’s right
I’ve heard you’ve been
out of town
With some guy
who looks
a lot like me
Can’t you see that

CHORUS

Nobody knows you
like I do
We can let them wonder
Everyone thinks
they know the truth
People never understand
Better we lie
and play it cool
So when I see you
It’s just
Sure, sure, honey, honey
We both know
That this is just pretend

La la
Wink
That’s our signal
I leave by the back door
Know that we’re gonna meet
in an hour
So prepare your alibi
You’ve got things to do
Stayin’ with a friend tonight
As for me
Well I say
You can call me friend
That’s alright
Sure, sure, honey
Guess I’ll see you around
Meanwhile
You’ll be off getting down
With some guy who looks
a lot like me
Can’t you see that

CHORUS

I know every inch of you
But I will barely
speak to you tonight
That’s just how it is gotta be
Everybody wants you
But you’re coming home with me

Nobody knows you
like I do
We can let them wonder
Everyone thinks
they know the truth
People never understand
Better we lie
and play it cool
So when I see you
It’s just
Sure, sure, honey, honey

Sure, sure
Honey, honey

Nobody knows you
like I do
We can let them wonder
Everyone thinks
they know the truth
People never understand
Better we lie
and play it cool
So when I see you
It’s just
Sure, sure, honey, honey
We both know
That this is just pretend

Without Your Skin

Written By: Keaton Simons

WITHOUT YOUR SKIN
(written by: Keaton Simons)

Listen closely or you’ll never hear me whisper
All the pretty things I’m scared to say out loud
In my mind I know all I can do is kiss you
But I’m caught between the curtain and the crowd

I don’t leave ‘cause I’m afraid to be alone
But it doesn’t even matter now you’re gone
On the outside I seem fine
But when you look into my eyes
Baby, you’re bound to see me shakin’

Without your skin
Without your skin
Without your skin I’m naked

There’s a picture in my bedroom by the window
And a suitcase just outside my closet door
I don’t know if I should run away or tiptoe
But I feel like I can’t be here anymore

I don’t leave ‘cause I’m afraid to be alone
But it doesn’t even matter now you’re gone
On the outside I seem fine
But when you look into my eyes
Baby, you’re bound to see me shakin’

[CHORUS]

You make it sound so easy
To make them all so proud
But when it comes to leavin’ (baby)
I’d rather stick around

I don’t leave ‘cause I’m afraid to be alone
But it doesn’t even matter now you’re gone
On the outside I seem fine
But when you look into my eyes
Baby, you’re bound to see me shakin’

[CHORUS]

Beautiful Pain

Written By: Keaton Simons

Why's it gotta be so hard
Why's it gotta be this way
It's like I'm being torn apart
By all this beautiful pain
I know you wanna be with me
But you gotta go to him
Freedom isn't really free
If you sink before you learn to swim

And I shudder in my sleep
I can hardly close my eyes
Then I wake up in a dream
Free now from a life of compromise

You never lost but you never won
'Cause you never fought and you never moved on
You never lost but you never won
'Cause you never fought and you never moved on
Don't be afraid of looking back
Everybody has a past
You got my heart racing in just a few days
And I wanna be patient
So this doesn't fade away

If you're gonna save a life
Maybe it should be your own
'Cause baby we don't have much time
Before we go stumbling home
And I know that we just met
But what I never understood
How can something be that bad
When it feels this good

And I shudder in my sleep
I can hardly close my eyes
Then I wake up in a dream
Free now from a life of compromise

You never lost but you never won
'Cause you never fought and you never moved on
You never lost but you never won
'Cause you never fought and you never moved on
Don't be afraid of looking back
Everybody has a past
You got my heart racing in just a few days
And I wanna be patient
So this doesn't fade away
No, so this doesn't fade away
No, so this doesn't fade away

Why's it gotta be so hard
Why's it gotta be this way
It's like I'm being torn apart
By all this beautiful pain