About Keith Burns

From an early age this Jonesboro Georgia cardinal was born to fly.

From a ┬ásmall boy keeping time by slapping out hand bone while his uncles picked flattops on the front porch, Keith Burns has always had his eyes on the stars. ‘I’ve always wanted to be on stage as early as I can remember. I was such a huge fan of Elvis and Neil Diamond. The way the entertained their fans was unbelievable to me. I would sit in front of the mirror for hours trying to copy them.” At the age of 15 Keith wrote his first song on guitar. He would never have dreamed that he would go on to have his songs recorded by Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw, Hootie and the Blowfish and Moe Bandy just to name a few. “To start out with songwriting was more like an outlet for me. I never dreamed I could make a living at it. I just wanted to perform but as I started writing more I quickly learned that I might be pretty good at this.”

slide3As soon as Keith graduated from Jonesboro High School he started playing the honky tonks around Atlanta where he ended up fronting the house band at Copper Dollar Saloon where his band Midnight Rider caught the eye of rising country star Joe Diffie. When Joe asked the band to go on the road with him Keith packed his guitars and moved to Nashville. “Playing bass and touring with Joe meant so much to me as a writer, musician and artist. He taught me so many things about the music business that when I was ready to put my own project together I was confident that I could be successful.”

And successful he was! As founding member of the group Trick Pony, Keith along with partners Heidi Newfield and Ira Dean rode their way to 3 top 10 singles in a row. Pour Me and Just What I do were co-written by Keith and the later was nominated for a Grammy for Top Vocal Performance by a Country Group. They capped that off by winning Academy of Country Music’s Top New Vocal Group and The American Music Awards Top New Artist of the Year. Keith and the Ponies followed with top 20 hits It’s a Heartache, On a Mission and The Bride before taking a break at the end of 2006.

At the end of 2006 Heidi and Ira moved on to do solo projects while Keith teamed up with former Dreamworks recording artist Michelle Poe. “Michelle had a deep love of traditional country music and I have always leaned that way when it comes to music. Her silky voice seemed to blend perfect with my raspy sound so I thought this could be cool.” Burns and Poe was born. A critically acclaimed double CD was followed by 4 top 20 hits and 2010 Music Row Independent Artist of the Year.

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Keith Burns is a Singer/Songwriter from Atlanta, GA. He was a founding member of Grammy nominated, ACM, AMA award winning platinum selling trio, Trick Pony, as well as one half of 2010 independent artist of the year, Burns & Poe. He has four children, Frankie Jean, Savannah, Jared & Josh.