About Keke Wyatt
A multi-talented, platinum-selling recording artist, Ketara Shavon Wyatt, better known as “Keke Wyatt,” has been wowing audiences around the world with her powerhouse vocals and chart-topping songs since she was a teenager. Now, the sassy, sexy, vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter is a star of TV One’s smash hit R&B Divas Atlanta and she released her new single, “Fall In Love,” and a five-song EP. She plans to release a full album in the fall of 2014.
Keke’s new EP marks a new direction for her, both musically and professionally. It is a reflection of who she is and things she has experienced in her life. Through her new music, Keke believes that people will finally get to know “the real Keke Wyatt.” While her new five song EP will appeal to her current fans, she also has ventured into different musical styles that will appeal to a broader audience in popular culture. She wrote or co-wrote four songs on the EP, including the single, “Fall in Love,” an R&B ballad; the slow and sexy “Rain,” which features rapper and hip hop artist Pusha T; the wistful ballad, “Lie Under You,” and “Remember,” a soulful declaration of independence in a relationship, which features hip hop artist Nitty Scott MC, who also has a highly-anticipated release on deck. “Another Lifetime” which tells a story about the nature of love over time, rounds out the five song EP. GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Chuck Harmony (Ne-Yo, Jennifer Hudson, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele) produced two of the songs on the EP, which also features other award-winning songwriters and producers such as Claude Kelly, and Sanchez Holmes, as well as gifted newcomers Robert “Roberto” Erness and the production team, Writetime. Keke is shooting three videos to accompany the release of the EP and has debuted a performance visual of her new single, “Fall In Love.”
Keke is an original cast member of R&.B Divas Atlanta, which also features Angie Stone, Monifah Carter, Lativia Roberson, Syleena Johnson and Kameelah Williams. The show, which is TV One’s top-rated reality series, offers an inside look at how seven highly acclaimed and award-winning singers balance their musical careers and family life. Although the episodes are often dramatic and tumultuous, the friendship of the seven divas shines through.
Born in Indianapolis, IN, Keke grew up with three brothers in a mixed-race family with strong musical roots. Her father, Keever Wyatt II, is a minister, organist and vocalist, and her mother, Lorna Wyatt, is a powerful vocalist and church choir director. Her brothers are also
accomplished musicians. Keke’s grandmother discovered her ability to harmonize at age two. She began singing in church with her family shortly after that, and had her first solo performance at age five. She recorded her first gospel song, “What If,” when she was 10. It was at church that she also had the opportunity to display and develop her extraordinary skills as a drummer and percussionist. She is also adept at keyboards, the guitar and bass.
As a teenager, she performed with various girl groups, and she even received an invitation to join The Dollz, the group that evolved into Destiny’s Child. While still in her teens, Keke became a protégé of noted producer Steve Huff, and, under his tutelage, she recorded demos for record labels and developed her songwriting skills. Huff introduced her to R&B singer Avante when she was 16 years old, and they recorded the duet “My First Love,” which became Keke’s first hit single, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Top 100 chart. She would go on to record two more duets with Avante, including the 2013 hit “You & I,” a moving love song that has already become a classic. “You & I” hit #1 on Billboard’s Urban Adult chart in February, 2013, and remained for seven consecutive weeks. Music was Keke’s first love, but she had another one—wrestling. She was a devoted fan of the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment. She also wrestled in high school, where she was the only girl on her wrestling team.
When she was 18 years old, Keke signed her first solo album deal with MCA Records, and, with guidance from Randy Jackson (American Idol), recorded her first solo album, Soul Sister, in two weeks. The platinum album produced her second Billboard Top 5 hit, “Nothing in This Word,” another duet with Avante, which peaked at #4. With worldwide sales, Soul Sister broadened Keke’s fan base and she toured internationally in Europe, Japan and Korea. Keke released two additional albums. In 2010, she released Who Knew and, in 2011, she released Unbelievable, which included the single “Saturday Love,” a duet with American Idol winner Ruben Stoddard.
After a highly publicized domestic violence incident with her first husband in 2001, and the loss of a childhood friend to domestic violence, Keke has become a dedicated advocate for women who have suffered domestic abuse. She is a spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, as well as a celebrity supporter and activist with the Saving Our Daughters organization. Keke both interacts with domestic abuse victims and uses her music and entertainment platforms to bring public awareness to the issue and to be a beacon of hope and encouragement for women who are trying to overcome their circumstances and lead productive and successful lives.
During the third season of R&B Divas Atlanta , the release of her new single and EP, and a full length CD in production, Keke is in a productive and happy season of her life and career. She lives in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, with her husband, Michael Ford, a minister. A doting mother of 7 children, she is seeing signs of the next generation of vocalists and musicians in her children, who range in age from 1 month-14 yrs. She is excited about the future, and she’s ready for it. In her own words: “stay tuned honey, because the best is yet to come.”
Feb 12 FridayFort Wayne, IN, US Embassy Theatre
Feb 13 SaturdayKalamazoo, MI, US State Theatre