HOW IT ALL BEGAN
“When I step onstage, half the people in the audience know I’m about to sing, and half have no idea that I can.” – Keith Robinson to OurStage.com.
In a world where talent takes you far, Keith Robinson is ahead of the game. He’s a true triple threat. Having already mastered acting and songwriting, he’s now positioning himself to take over the music world with his velvety voice.
Before he made his way to Tinsel town, the Kentucky native set his sights on music and attended the University of Georgia. Upon coming to Los Angeles, Robinson had a chance meeting with a talent manager who jump started his acting career. From there, he thrived. He’s landed an incredible 60 projects in both television and film while continuing to pursue a career in music– often placing songs in the TV and film projects he stars in.
Robinson may be best known for his critically acclaimed role as “C.C. White” in the Academy Award winning feature film, Dreamgirls. In which he was directed by Bill Condon, and starred alongside Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Anika Noni Rose. In the musical, Robinson’s big solo, “Patience,” which he also performed live at the Academy Awards, earned him an Oscar nomination. In addition, Robinson’s voice is heard on six songs from the film’s soundtrack. Undoubtedly, Dreamgirls was a major benchmark in Robinson’s career, and since, he’s been poised to make his mark in music.
After Dreamgirls, Keith began recording his debut album, Utopia. Since then, he’s released several fan favorites including: “My Hustle” produced by RZA, “Loving You”, “Simple Hello,” “Ride For You,” “Thirsty,” and “DJ Lady.”
On the acting side, Robinson followed Dreamgirls with This Christmas, co-starring Chris Brown, Idris Elba, Loretta Devine and Delroy Lindo. He then went on to star in Dear John opposite Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried. Roles in 35 and Ticking, starring alongside Kevin Hart, and Hopelessly in June soon followed.
Next, Robinson began shooting Dysfunctional Friends, co-starring Meagan Good and other notable actors and actresses. He also contributed his talent to a number of songs on soundtrack, including showcasing his vocal and songwriting ability on the film’s top single “Same Rules”.
Like many, he’s taken a behind-the-scenes approach to creating music. Robinson founded his own scoring company, Theme Song. Since its establishment, Theme Song has scored music for movies like Blade 3, Fat Albert, and 35 and Ticking, in which he also starred. The budding company scored Divorce Invitation also starring Robinson alongside Jonathan Bennett, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Nadia Bjorlin, Elloitt Gould and Richard Kind. The most recent scoring work was completed on the movie Lapdance starring Omari Hardwick, Carmen Electra and many other notable actors/actresses.
Looking back on Robinson’s rich and illustrious career it’s clear, everything he does is driven by his love and passion to move people. “At the end of the day, I want people to be affected by my music,” he told Singersroom.com. “I want to move the crowd. I want to set the tone emotionally, that is my objective. I want to inspire people.”
Keith’s recent releases include CRU, an emotionally intense film in which he stars alongside Harry Lennix, Richard T. Jones, and Alison Eastwood. Cru has won an astounding 27 awards worldwide including Best Actor to Keith by the American Black Film Festival. Four Seasons, a romantic comedy starring with Robin Givens and Christian Keyes. Keith also had a supporting role in Universal’s James Brown biopic Get On Up. It was produced by Rolling Stone’s frontman Mick Jagger starring Chadwick Boseman with Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Dan Aykroyd. In conjunction with the release of Get On Up, Keith gave us a sneak peak of his new album “Love Episodic” by releasing the James Brown inspired single “Famous” followed by the single “Just Kissed” (available on iTunes). His third release “Love Somebody” is currently climbing the charts as of this first quarter of 2016! It will be followed by the release of the full length highly anticipated album Love Episodic later this year.
Other projects include Zodiac Sign, Product of the American Ghetto, and a Bounce TV musical drama titled Saints and Sinners which will feature a soundtrack that Keith is a part of including a hot duet with Mary Mary Singer Erica Campbell. The soundtrack will also feature LeCrae, Outkast, Monica, Deitrick Haddon, Kelly Price and more! Check your local listings on March 6th for airing times.
The year began with Robinson landing a starring role in the new Tupac biopic now in production titled All Eyez On Me!
Until Robinson’s new album hits iTunes and his new films light up the silver screen, you can stay connected with him on ALL of his social media platforms by searching @keithsings. You can also watch his soulful music performances on his YouTube page. Be sure to LIKE, FOLLOW, and TWEET. Keith is very active on all of his social media platforms, especially Facebook! The links to each of them can be found here at the end of his site!
Keith is a truly diverse artist. Get ready for the launch of the 2.0 release of the Keithsings app in 2016! With it you can hear his catalog of music, videos, win contests, buy merchandise and get exclusive updates!
Wherever you look in the future, be it television, film and most certainly music, Keith Robinson is sure to impress, inspire and capture the masses.