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Keith Lightfoot writes about life, love, family, home and heaven.
His words and his music describe what many people feel and what most are reluctant to talk about. Keith’s stage presence is well documented and his ability to immediately connect with his audience has people tapping their feet and singing along even if they have not heard his songs before.
When he was seventeen years old Keith learnt to play the ukulele and the guitar. Music education came via live rock concerts, excessively loud parties, treasured vinyl records and ridiculously oversized bedroom based speakers. Keith is a songwriter, a musician, a singer, an author and a powerful motivational speaker.
Keith's ukulele training videos and speaking videos are popular on youtube and using his enthusiastic attitude he has performed live and inspired audiences locally and internationally.
In recent times he has crafted a ukulele based genre of music using personal experiences to share his heart and to pose deeply emotional questions. Keith is an Endorsed Artist for Boulder Creek Guitars (Riptide Ukuleles).
It is an honour to work alongside humble, caring, talented artists.
Gray Bartlett SPCA Music Album Number #11 in NZ Album Charts in first week of sales.
The SPCA album reads like a Who’s-Who in New Zealand music. Many of the artists are recipients of the Queens Honour Awards for their contribution to the music industry.
Tracks on the album include ‘If I only had time’ John Rowles, ‘Here comes the sun’ Suzanne Lynch, ‘Listen to the music’ Phil Madsen, ‘Apache’ Gray Bartlett, ‘Pretty Woman’ Eddie Low, ‘Home’ Keith Lightfoot, ‘Bad moon rising’ Larry Morris, ‘Redbud Tree’ Sel Nash and and ‘Glass’ Toni Gibson. The title of the album is ‘Gray Bartlett & Friends’.
All proceeds from the album will go to help animal care and shelter.
Boulder Creek Guitars have added Keith Lightfoot to their list of endorsed artists for the Riptide Ukulele
Keith Lightfoot is based in New Zealand and performs solo with his ukulele. He performs at ukulele festival events and he recently featured alongside some of New Zealand’s top music artists, in a live concert and on the SPCA Album, to raise money for animal shelter and care.
Keith was introduced to the Riptide Ukulele at a ukefest and immediately connected with the instrument when he played it, “The Riptide ukulele is a very different design and creates a unique musical experience” says Lightfoot, “I think people need to play one to truly understand how special it is”.
The ukulele is one of the most popular instruments in the world and offers almost instant gratification to new players of any age or ability.
Keith Lightfoot delivers hand-on training at live workshops during music festivals and has a series of ukulele training videos on youtube.
Keith Lightfoot says “I am delighted to partner with Boulder Creek Guitars and look forward to encouraging more people to play the ukulele”.
Hokonui Radio Interview with Luke Howden
Early morning radio interview talking about the upcoming Gray Bartlett Kiwi Icon album and Auckland concert.
New album features a number of New Zealand Musical Icons including Toni Gibson, John Rowles, Suzanne Lynch, Eddie Low and Gray Bartlett. Proceeds go to the SPCA.
Radio Dunedin Live Interview with Neil Collins
Neil Collins, Radio Dunedin talks candidly with Keith Lightfoot about his life, his love and his music on the Gray Bartlett Kiwi Icons album.
Proceeds from the album will go to the SPCA. Artists on the CD include Suzanne Lynch, John Rowles, Toni Gibson, Sel Nash, Eddie Low, Pupils of Massey High, Gray Bartlett, Larry Morris & Rebellion, Phil Madsen and Keith Lightfoot.
Music is all around us
People often ask where my music comes from and sometimes it is difficult to provide an answer that makes sense.
Writing a song can take a few minutes or can take many hours, followed by many days/weeks of tweaking and refining.
There are moments when a new song "just arrives in my spirit" and I rush for a pen or keyboard to scribble the words as fast they are tumbling into my consciousness.
On other occasions a beautiful rhythm will evolve while I am fooling around on the ukulele or guitar ... and then the lyrics and word placement begin to come together in unison with the strumming.
My music is quite simple, transparent and is based on real life experiences and deep felt emotions.
Like most of what we say and believe, the music is a matrix of books, songs, events, challenges, people and media that has entered my head since birth.
In the movie "October Rush" Evan Taylor, played by Freddie Highmore says "the music is all around us, all you have to do is listen".
I agree with Evan.