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"Disclaimer - Robert K. Oermann"

Sage Keffer is the DisCovery Award winner today.

Some major label should give him a contract, take the eight sides on Rules of the Game as is and give him and his most worthy co-producer Matt Rovey a bunch of money to add four more tracks. Take my word for it, this guy has a got a boatload of talent to back up his good looks.

Writer: Jeff Hanna/Raul Malo/Alan Miller; Producer: Matt Rovey/Sage Keffer; Publisher: EMI-Blackwood/Itself & Rumbalo/Toto Tunes & Winning Circle/Bluewater; SG (track) (
I first encountered this guy in Kansas City when I was on the road judging for Nashville Star. I told him I’d be interested in hearing more from him. Guess what? He’s moved to Nashville and made a CD. Titled Rules of the Game, it is simply splendid, way better than most major-label products. As I remembered, he is a singer with immense heart. It turns out that he’s a heck of a song selector, too. Every track here is a little gem, but his performance on this deliciously melodic toe-tapper is especially swell. The production carries you along like a perfect wave. Also check out his ballad showcase All I Want, his reworking of the 1934 swing chestnut I’ll String Along with You and his tender cover of Neil Diamond’s Hello Again.
- Music Row Magazine

"Billy Block - Western Beat Show"

“The next performer on Western Beat has many gifts. God has been good to this boy. He’s good looking, he’s talented, he can sing, he’s got it all goin’ on. And he’s one heck of a nice guy. I’ve known this gentleman for many years. it’s always a pleasure to have him on our show. If this guy doesn’t have all the necessary ingredients for stardom, then I don’t know anything about music. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back to Western Beat, Sage Keffer!” - Billy Block - Western Beat Show

"Wade Jessen - Billboard Information Group"

Hi, Sage.

I spent most of the evening last night with your album, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I definitely see what Bob saw in your stuff, particularly the ballads. I'm certain that you probably really enjoy singing the uptempo things, but I have to tell you...I think you have a voice and a delivery tailor-made for ballad singing.

Everything on the album hit my ears a lot stronger with repeated listens. And I heartily applaud your song choices. The Jimbeau Hinson collaboration is excellent, and the two Radney Foster songs are standouts, too.

I'm curious about your studio experiences, and would love to hear what others have said about your work.
Nice job on your website, too, by the way.

All the best,

Wade Jessen
Director of Country Charts
Bluegrass, Christian & Gospel Charts Manager
Billboard Information Group
Billboard Magazine/Billboard Radio Monitor
- Billboard Magazine/Billboard Radio Monitor

"Sage’s performance at CMA Music Festival 2006"

Sage took to the Chevy Sports Zone stage at high noon today making those strolling by stop in their tracks to listen. I was even more impressed with Sage's command of the stage and the star who shines brighter than ever within him. Whether Sage is performing beautiful ballads to Latin influenced tunes to country rock, Sage Keffer can do it all with complete ease and a smile that will melt away your troubles. I cannot strongly enough impress upon the powers that be in Nashville how ready this young man - Sage Keffer- is to become the next big thing in country music. Pick any song off of sage's album RULES OF THE GAME and you will find a hit single... yes, he is just that good.
-, Largest Independent Country Music Website

"Recent Awards and Important Past & Upcoming Performances-"

2007 Frank Brown International Songwriter Festival
2007 Headlined “Country Nights” Festival, Bern, Switzerland Nov. 3rd SOLD OUT!
2007 Headlined “Mr. Banjo Country Music Festival” Terrassa, Spain
2007 CMA Music Festival (Fan Fair) June 7th through 10th
2007 Dukesfest, Nashville, TN
2006 Winner Colorado State, Regional Finalist Colgate Country Showdown
2006 Billy Block's Western Beat Show at 12th & Porter, Nashville Aug. 22nd
2006 Cheyenne Frontier Days July 24th (World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo)
2006 CMA Music Festival (Fan Fair) June 8th through 11th
2006 “Again” soared to #66 on R&R Country Chart, awarded most added previously uncharted song of week
2006 Tin Pan South Performer (benefiting Nashville Songwriters Assoc. International)
2006 Multiple State Regional Finalist Nashville Star Season IV USA Network
2005 State Level Winner of Texas, Colgate Country Showdown
2005 Cheyenne Frontier Days July 23-27th, 29, 30th (World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo)
2005 CMA Music Festival (Fan Fair) June 9th
2005 Tin Pan South Performer (benefiting Nashville Songwriters Assoc. International)
2004 Billy Block's Western Beat Show at the Exit/ In, Nashville Oct. 12
2004 Won Lewisburg, TN & Fredericksburg, TX Colgate Country Showdown
2004 Kentucky Stampede in Sparta, KY
2004 Won “Nashville Future Star” Music City Motorcade 1st Annual Contest
2004 Tin Pan South Performer (benefiting Nashville Songwriters Assoc. International)
2004 BMI Showcase at the Trap, Nashville, TN
2004 Multiple State Regional Finalist Nashville Star Season II USA Network
2003 Recorded Backup Vocals for James Brown’s band, “Funk Masters” CD
2003 Winner Kentucky State, Regional Finalist Colgate Country Showdown
2003 Disc Makers IMWS Top 100 Artists in Southeast, determined by TAXI
2003 Tin Pan South Performer (benefiting Nashville Songwriters Assoc. International)
2003 Multiple State Regional Finalist Nashville Star Season I USA Network
2002 Winner Cheyenne, WY Colgate Country Showdown
2002 Winner Nashville, TN Colgate Country Showdown
2002 Regional Finalist Star Search CBS Network - Sage Keffer Newsletter


From Sage's CD "Rules of the Game":
Foldin' Money
727 East Magnolia Avenue
I Said I Love You
All I Want
I'll String Along
I See You
Hello Again




Nashville's most charismatic country recording artist and songwriter. Native American. Opened for Alan Jackson, Toby Keith. Critically acclaimed by world reknown Robert Oermann. Sounds like Dwight Yoakam, Raul Malo, Chris Isaac and George Strait in one with Latin influences. Sold out shows in Switzerland and Spain last fall. Has performed and signed autographs at international country music festival, CMA Music Festival aka "Fan Fair" for the last 4 years!

Goofy bio:
Quite often, I get asked where I got my name. My parents gave it to me. People often give me a funny look when I tell them this, but it’s true. I was born out in the western part of the US, due to privacy reasons I think I’ll refrain from saying exactly where. But my Mom and Dad were thinking of names that they might give me as they drove through the southwest. As they gazed across the landscape, all they saw were sagebrush and yucca plants. Fortunately, I was given the name Sage. My sister, however, was not so lucky.
So, why is my last name pronounced Keefer, but spelled Keffer? Well, my great grandfather on my Dad’s side was a bit of an outlaw. My family won’t discuss much of this history, but I have received a few facts. My great Granddad apparently liked to… shall we say, “trade horses” and changed the last name of the family at least once. It started out as Rufing; I think that was the spelling. I guess he was in a hurry moving the family to another town in the middle of the night and may not have had the chance to consider spelling. He also spent time on a little island called Alcatraz. True story. His son, my Granddad, had to start working to support the family after receiving only an 8th grade education. He fought on Omaha beach (remember “Saving Private Ryan”? he was there) and received many medals for his service during WWII. After that, he came back, married my Grandma and eloped out west (Grandma’s Dad didn’t like him much, even fired a shotgun to “motivate” him to leave the property.) to Wyoming from Virginia. He and my Grandma started a horse trailer business literally building them from the ground up and had one of the most successful trailer sales businesses in the west. His passion was horses and showed Appaloosas. He raised a few national champions. That passion was passed on to my Dad who became a large and small animal veterinarian. My other Granddad, on my Mom’s side, was Head of Clinics at Colorado State University and was the world’s foremost expert on lameness in horses. In fact, he wrote the book. “Adam’s Lameness in Horses” by Dr. Bob Adams is still one of the main textbooks used in veterinary schools today. He traveled the world giving lectures on surgery and doing research. That is how my Mom met my Dad, because he was taught by my Granddad. My Granddad also was instrumental in starting the veterinary college in Nairobi, Kenya. So, as a little girl, my Mom, her brother, sister and Mom lived in Kenya. She was eight. But we like to say she was ate in Africa. Hearing all the stories of Africa growing up and seeing all the slides, made me want to go there someday. So, I set some goals to make some money while in college and off I went. I camped with fellow college students and went for a weeklong safari in Tanzania, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, clear to up to the Uhuru peak (19,343 ft.) and went on a safari in Uganda. I kept telling myself that if I couldn’t climb Kilimanjaro, how could I make it in Nashville? So, I had plenty of motivation to reach the peak. The people and landscape are overwhelmingly beautiful in east Africa. It was one of the best months of my life. I’ve never experienced such danger, adventure and beauty all in one place. I can’t wait to return and explore more. Continuing with pursuing my dreams, I left Colorado and set out for Nashville to follow my lifelong dream of becoming a country music singer. I didn’t know a soul, just me and my truck and a little “Foldin’ Money” (one of the songs on my CD) to carry me for a few months. One of the scarier things I’ve done for sure. An ex-girlfriend had told me she had a friend in Nashville that had a construction business and that I could contact him. He let me stay if I worked for him. So, I met my first friend in Nashville in her bathroom. Not as romantic as it sounds because I was knocking her bathtub out of the floor with a sledgehammer. But she still likes to say she met me in her bathroom. Ha! Since then, I’ve been busting my you know what playing out, writing, and knocking down doors being the best recording artist I can be. I’ve been tremendously blessed by wonderful friends I’ve made here in Nashville. They have helped me a tremendous amount and I would not be anywhere today without them. One of my best friends is the incredibly talented Matt Rovey, who I made my CD, “Rules of the Game” with. He has believed in me from the start, even though it took us