– Jamie Barringer October 5, 2012
Keith Harkin emerged this September as the first new artist under multi-Grammy® award-winning David Foster’s revitalized Verve Music Group. Keith’s self-titled debut album was released world-wide on September 18, 2012, and immediately landed itself at the #1 spot on the Amazon world music charts. Amazon even ran out of CDs briefly just after the release date as the orders on their site for this album outpaced their supply of them.
“Keith Harkin has a rare combination of talents- he’s a great singer, a unique songwriter and gifted live performer. He defines the very qualities true artists are born with,” said David Foster, adding, “We’re proud to have Keith as a key member of the growing Verve family.”
Keith Harkin is a collection of 12 great songs that illustrates Keith’s skills as both an interpreter and a writer of great music. The album’s first single is Keith’s bittersweet original song “Don’t Forget About Me.” The professionally recorded music video for this single shows Keith in his natural element, on-board his boat with one of his many beautiful guitars. The rest of the tracks on this album are a mix of great covers of classic songs and several other great Keith Harkin originals.
“I love all music, and a lot of my influences are on this record,” says Harkin. “Neil Young, pop, dance, country- I love Glen Campbell. I see it like an old-school Elton John record, where he would play rock next to country next to folk. It’s quite a broad horizon.”
Keith’s covers on this album include a duet with two-time Grammy® Award winner Colbie Caillat on Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You,” a powerful version of Don Henley’s “The End of the Innocence,” which is infused with a decidedly Irish influence in its instrumental sections, and a cover of “Everybody’s Talkin’,” which is more in the straightforward guitar-rich musical style his existing fans have come to expect of him.
Among the Keith Harkin originals on this album is “Daisy Fields,” a more polished recording of a song Keith wrote a while ago that has already been a fan-favorite in its less polished form since before Keith signed with Verve. Keith also composed several new songs for this CD, including “Rosa,” a sweet somewhat melancholy love song written for Keith’s god-daughter.