Keaton Simons is truly what the Los Angeles Times called “a triple threat.” He captivates audiences with his compelling, soul-baring songs, masterful acoustic and electric guitar playing, and authentic voice. The energy and passion that Keaton brings to his work, whether in the studio, performing solo or with his full band, is as infectious as his lyrics and as stirring as his melodies.
On April 30, 2013 Keaton Simons released his sophomore full-length album, Beautiful Pain, co-produced with Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, One Republic), and mastered by Gavin Lurssen of Lurssen Mastering. The highly-anticipated album will release on Best Revenge Records, Keaton’s newly formed label with Croshal Entertainment Group (Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills & Nash). Beautiful Pain includes co-writes with Jason Mraz, Jason Reeves, Glen Phillips (Toad The Wet Sprocket), and Mikal Blue among others.
With the exception of the drums on Beautiful Pain, which are played by the United Nations’ Musical Director, the incomparable Robin DiMaggio (Paul Simon, David Bowie), all instruments are played by Keaton Simons. Additional featured artists on the record include Alex Al (bass), Lenny Castro (percussion), Zac Rae (keys), Tyler Hilton (piano, vocals), and Tower of Power’s Bill Churchville (trumpet, trombone) and Sean Hill (saxophone).
A regular in The Hotel Café singer/songwriter circuit, Keaton Simons has been recognized by Examiner.com as achieving cult-like status in his hometown of Los Angeles, CA. He’s far from just an L.A. guy though, let alone a new artist on the mainstream map. Keaton released his 2004 EP Currently on Maverick Records, 2008’s debut full-length Can You Hear Me on CBS Records, and has toured nationally and internationally since, including opening slots for Coldplay, Train, Guster and REO Speedwagon. He’s also worked as a writer, musical director, singer, bassist and guitarist with notable acts like Gnarls Barkley, Snoop Dogg, Josh Kelley and Tre Hardson (The Pharcyde).
Keaton’s music has been heard in dozens of feature films and television shows, including Sons of Anarchy, Private Practice, NCIS, Malcolm in the Middle, Numb3rs and Hollywood Heights. He’s also performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Last Call with Carson Daly. In 2011 Keaton appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew alongside stepfather, actor Eric Roberts, who was a patient. A performance of his song “Unstoppable” on the show resulted in over 10,000 iTunes downloads in only two days.