Keyth Lawrence

Keyth Lawrence

BandAlternativeRock

Artistic, song oriented, piano-driven art rock a la Coldplay, Tori Amos, Rufus Wainwright. www.keythlawrence.com www.noisehead.com/mypage/keythlawrence

Biography

** 2005 Outmusic Award Nominee for Outstanding Debut Recording (Male) **

Keyth Lawrence, the powerful song force hailing from Manhattan spins his yarns through his life-long love of the piano. Keyth has been accompanied by his instrument, and talent for playing it since he was 7 years-old. "Before I could really even add numbers together, I knew I wanted to perform,” says Keyth. “I had it all figured out at 6 years-old. In my head, I was destined to become a clown or a magician. A year later, the piano was rolled into the living room and the musician in my heart came alive.” After a listen to his body of work, one might agree that there is still a bit of magic involved.

After gigging extensively as a solo artist in popular New York City cabaret venues such as Don't Tell Mama, The Duplex, and other intimate spaces, he logically began bringing other musicians onto the stage with him until he formed what has become Keyth Lawrence and the Purple Circle. The now 5 - member ensemble puts on high energy rock shows with tailored storytelling capabilities throughout New York City. The Purple Circle is an inclusive metaphor for the unity of the band and the unity fans have to the music they play, and to the stories Keyth shares. “The Purple Circle started as a personal and artistic sacred space. It continues to maintain that quality, but has evolved into something much bigger,” says Keyth. “It is now something that expands to include the energy and experience of the audience.”

Keyth's most defining artistic traits include a character-driven, storied style of songwriting, an acrobatic and emotive voice that tells it, and a classically-inspired, powerhouse style of piano playing that falls somewhere between Chopin and Jerry Lee Lewis. With a brave and dramatic style reminiscent of The Cure, Keyth also maintains a solid passion for the piano, like that of more recent artists including Rufus Wainwright and Coldplay. The instrument is what “makes the music physical, tactile, visceral- it has always saddened me that the piano has been lost over the years as the nucleus of music,” Keyth says.

Candid songwriting that reveals unexpected truths- think Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Bowie, Tori Amos- a fusion of prophet and bard, equal parts soul searcher and dramatic performer. With a unique vocal styling, Keyth sings against melody, beyond measure, and outside borders. Phrasing that mimics the rhythm of the human breath lends a vulnerability to the songs. Songs are rarely sung the same way twice. “Songs are like children,” Keyth says. “You nurture them and they grow. They surprise you and begin to take on a life of their own.” His songbook makes border raids on every conceivable emotion, soaring from a riotous rock-rolling peak to an audio adagio.

The album, Figures, following a sold-out release concert at NYC’s FEZ in 2004, zoomed to #1 on the Outvoice Top 40 Charts. This was supported by rave reviews from publications such as Frontiers (LA), Philadelphia Gay News, PM Entertainment (NY), HX Magazine (NY), and Indie-Music.com. In addition to the overall success of the CD, the first single off the album, “Leaving,” has been receiving national airplay and was recently recognized by the International Songwriting Contest. Keyth will also have the privilege of performing at the Tori Amos Tribute / RAINN Benefit in North Carolina for the second year in a row, and was showcased twice at NYC’s Jacob Javits Convention Center this past year. FIGURES was recently named one of the Best Albums of 2004 by The Stonewall Society AND Gaywired.com, who referred to FIGURES as "one of the best CDs by a queer artist in years”. PlanetOut.com called Keyth "one of the most talked-about musicians in New York."

Keyth is currently promoting the new 3-track demo, which clearly illustrates the sonic growth and undeniable cohesiveness of the band’s sound in Figures. Co-produced by Keyth and Engineer Jamie Siegel, (whose credits include Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, and Smashing Pumkpins), the demo also features bassist Matt Rubano (Warner Bros’ artist, of the rock band, Taking Back Sunday), guitarist Dave Holmes (Roir recording artist, of the band Dub Trio), and long-time drummer, Peter Cunningham.

These songs were not recorded live, as in the last album. They were tracked - built, like little pieces of architecture”, notes Keyth. “Mint” warrants the listener’s attention immediately from the powerful introduction and guitar-driven rock chorus. Keyth gives up the piano for a Wurlitzer in the darker tale, “Wood”, where the rhythm section drives this tune into a groove and keeps the listener there. The exquisite “Uncle” showcases Keyth’s natural ability to story-tell from the piano’s perspective.

www.keythlawrence.com

Contact:
Jennifer White
I Said! Records
call: 917.804.7671
jennifer@keythlawrence.com

Lyrics

TIGHTROPES

Written By: Keyth Lawrence

i’m not walking your beat
i’m not following your safety net collection
now when i walk down your street
i know i’m better when i stop inventing directions
i guess you did the best you could
i’m just trying to do the same

since all i love is straight ahead
and all i’m made of has come with time
all i love is straight ahead
what if all i loved was suddenly dead

so the future’s in a fog now
but those puzzle pieces give me perspective
“goodbye, good luck”
you turned and you took
these life-lines we almost connected

seems all i love is straight ahead
and all i’m made of has come with time
all i love is straight ahead
but all i love might be suddenly dead

if i tip-toe all around
these tightropes on the ground
so no, i’m not diggin’ it up
i won’t be hunting around for you now

‘cause all i love is straight ahead
and all i’m made of has come with time
all i love is straight ahead
what if all i loved was suddenly dead
like this telephone line

i said this all could be dead like this telephone line

©2006, ALL WORDS AND MUSIC BY KEYTH LAWRENCE
PUBLISHED BY PURPLE BALLOON PUBLISHING (ASCAP

MINT

Written By: Keyth Lawrence


fresh off my tongue
these words are taking shape
as i place the cornerstone on the edge of a circle
a new year brings a new cheer
my pom-poms are ready for your game
unwrap your cellophane
there must be something underneath there

i don’t know what it is
but there’s something about this sensation you should try
i don’t know what it is
but i’ve come a long way, baby, at measuring these ties

go on and wet that cigarette
gotta bring in the listerine
you’re all smoke and mirrors i bet
i caught a reflection i wish i’d never seen
now i’m taking the stage
“fair is fair”, said billie jean
mama gonna be a cherokee
daddy wanna be a millionaire

i don’t know what it is
but there’s something about this sensation you should try
i don’t know what it is
but i’ve come a long way, baby, at measuring this high

and i’m always down for a scissor run
what will it take before this feeling comes around
and i’m always down for a peppermint stick and some fairy’s sugar plums

i don’t know what it is
but there’s something about this sensation you should try
i don’t know what it is
but i’ve come a long way, baby, at measuring these lies

©2005, ALL WORDS AND MUSIC BY KEYTH LAWRENCE
PUBLISHED BY PURPLE BALLOON PUBLISHING (ASCAP)

LEAVING

Written By: Keyth Lawrence


I turn my back
I check my back for a whisper that might be laced
with a sweet memory of the two of you, wrapped in my roots

And I am always leaving something behind with you
I’m leaving it with you

I cannot seem to complete a full three-sixty
I can’t be made to trade in my Atari for this war
And these seeds beneath New York streets,
Well, they’ve got so much history now
(We’ve got history)

I am always leaving something behind with you
I’m leaving it with you

So now I’ll turn this drug around on you
And now I’ll turn my sweet love around on you
And now I’ll turn my medicine around on you
Oh my God I’m coming around

I am always leaving something behind with you
I’m leaving it with you
I am always leaving it all behind with you

©2003, ALL WORDS AND MUSIC BY KEYTH LAWRENCE
PUBLISHED BY PURPLE BALLOON PUBLISHING (ASCAP)

Discography

*Keyth Lawrence
The Dairy Farm Follies - Demo (I Said! Records, 2005)

*Keyth Lawrence and the Purple Circle
Figures (I Said! Records, 2004)

*Keyth Lawrence and the Purple Circle
After the Why (in Centrifuge Minor) (2002)

*Keyth Lawrence (solo)
Snakesitting (1998)

Set List

Current Live Catalog:

* ...and spyder still spins
* 89of You
* Another Evening
* Champagne Pond
* Dear Kansas Lady
* Figures
* Flow
* Here, In Theory
* Horizon, Honey
* Justice
* Lead Balloons
* Leaving
* Mint
* Mission
* Orbital
* Skylar's Ride
* Spread
* Tightropes
* Uncle
* Vegetable Voodoo
* Weird Science
* Wood

Cover Songs:

* Coming Around Again - Carly Simon
* Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
* Dress You Up - Madonna
* Human Nature - Michael Jackson
* Hungry Like The Wolf - Duran Duran
* In My Life - The Beatles
* King of Pain - The Police
* Nightswimming - R.E.M.
* No One Is To Blame - Howard Jones
* Sailing - Christopher Cross
* She-Bop - Cyndi Lauper
* Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - The
Eurythmics
* When Doves Cry - Prince