Meet Cory Keefe, a newer face in Country music, but you will recognize immediately that traditional sounds run deep in his soul. He's one of the new traditionalists and Cory definitely keeps it Country. With a voice that is as deep and rich as Haggard, Whitley and Singletary. Cory Keefe is a true star in the makin bursting onto the scene with his album "I'll Keep It Country".
The album was produced by Nashville hitmaker Buddy Hyatt, who has worked with Lee Greenwood, Randy Travis, Mickey Gilley, Lynn Anderson, Jessica Andrews, JoDee Messina, Tracey Lawrence, to name a few. This makes Buddy a match made in heaven for Cory's traditional style. Together, Cory and Hyatt chose 13 tracks written by some of Country music's most successful songwriters and assembled a stellar list of players and singers to join Keefe in the studio.
"Where There's A Beer There's A Way," written by Tom Botkin, Kevin Denney, and John Edwards, was released earlier this year as a preview track gave fans a taste of the straight up Country music. Now with the album release, "I'll Keep It Country" the title track which was written by Michael Rogers, Tom Botkin, and Craig Morgan has hit the radio. The release also featured a music video with a guest appearance by Grand Ole Opry star, Lorrie Morgan, who also lends her voice to the album on the song, "I Just Want You."
Cory as a guitar picker and gifted singer, has an unabashedly Country style and delivery. The self taught musician was influenced by parents who are talented singers in their own right. Along with his twin brother, Cory often participated in talent shows and other live music events, with a rising passion for music that continues to drive Cory’s ambition. Today, Cory is a stickler for rehearsing and approaches every opportunity with sincere professionalism.
Cory influences include the late Daryle Singletary, Kevin Denney, and the late Keith Whitley among those he admires and emulates, and his style is rooted in tradition, with a modern twist. With eclectic taste that runs from Merle Haggard to Rock music and even Pop artists like Ed Sheeran, Keefe himself as a singer only has a heart for pure Country.
Keefe began performing professionally after high school, along the Gulf Coast and Nashville. When he takes the stage, it is clear that Cory is right at home, sharing songs that range from ballads to party songs, that are always entertaining and connecting in a meaningful way with his audience.
Cory was among the artists who performed at Nashville’s CMA Theatre at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for the 2019 Keith Whitley Memorial Show. Cory found himself on a stellar roster that included Garth Brooks, Joe Diffie, Joe Nichols, Ricky Skaggs, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Wills and more. Lorrie Morgan and Jesse Keith Whitley co-hosted the event, and Cory’s performance brought the audience to its feet, prompting emcee and legendary broadcaster, Bill Cody, to keep Cory onstage to chat and give the crowd a chance to get to know the young singer even better.
Cory is grounded and solid and happy to simply sing, play and inspire audiences as artists before inspired him. Like everyone in the industry, Cory Keefe is eager for the touring world to open back up for live music and touring once again.