Keith Thompson's hits such as "Break 4 Love", "Truly", "Show Them Love", "Can't Take It", "Only You", "Gravity" and more, have made him a house music legend. His intense and engaging stage performance as well as his years of dedication to the music has shaped the industry and other artists’ careers.
Only a few house music artist, producers, or DJs can claim to have sold 3 million units of their music and counting. Two an a half million with "Break 4 Love" alone. He is original version of “Break 4 Love” as part of the group Raze is featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which has sold over 50 Million copies.
Keith's current single, "One World" is a hope filled, future anthem done in reggae style. Going back to his Jamaican roots. He is joined on background vocals by
international artists he's met on his musical journey around the word; Maria Ilieva (Bulgaria), Pete Simpson (UK), Karina Crystal (Russia), Jad Chehayed, and Andre Lassalle (US) on Guitar. Dedicated to legendary reggae engineer, Philip Smart and iconic Third World lead vocalist, Bunny Rugs, this uplifting song promises to be a favorite of fans world wide.
His 2014 album, "Best Of 2.0" Features productions and remixes by Ralf Gum, Scott Wozniak, Marlon D, DJ Romain, Souldynamic, Davidson Ospina & Oscar P, King DK, Melchyor A, Patrick Bo, Island Groove, and (BOP's) Mahoota, is a must have collection of classic house music. With this release, he illustrates that he remains relevant in the music genre with this collection of releases over the past decade. Many have become underground, heartfelt favorites while some are under appreciated gems to be discovered and relished. Every house music lover should have this collection and any DJ who knows his music, already has at least one of these tracks in their arsenal and should have this as their tools for any musical occasion.
The duet "Truly" with Bulgarian super star Maria Ilieva, recently reached no.1 in several countries including Sydney, Australia's ZFM radio, and 4 weeks atop the Bulgarian national chart. True to his ethic of collaborating with artists from countries where he has performed, Keith had success with "Show Them Love" with DJ Bob & N. Costantine, which reached no.1 in Lebanon and is is now considered a party anthem throughout the middle east.
"Africa In Your Veins" wasn't only a anthem in Southern Africa and the house underground but also notably performed by Michael Franti in a concert with the legendary Carlos Santana. "It was such an honor to see the video on youtube," says Keith. "I freaked out just a little watching these seminal artists play perform my music."
With his record labels, Waking Monster, Monster Bang, and Thompsonic, he has launched or advanced the careers of many dj/producers and artists such as Black Coffee (South Africa), Phil Hooton (UK), and David Vendetta (France) - with the remake of "Break 4 Love".
Keith lectures and shares his industry knowledge on panels at music conferences internationally, including the WMC in Miami, SEEME in Bulgaria, SAE (School of Audio Engineering) in England.
Keith's four part music campaign in 2008 was the release of the singles "6 O'Clock" released last autumn of 2008 and was well supported in underground clubs internationally, including South Africa when he toured in December '08. It came on the heals of "Soul Surrender" with Island Groove of Italy (Waking Monster), "I Live For Now" (Thompsonsic) with re-mixes by Sandy Vee among many, and "Body Music" (Purple Music) with Jamie Lewis. Thompson's goal for that year was to release at least four songs that would be hits or at least be a staples in all club rooms from the lounge to the main room. "I want everyone who loves dance music," says Keith, "to party to all the flavors of my music." All reviews say the effort was a success.
His remake of "Break 4 Love" (the classic which he originally sang with Raze) with remixes by David Vendetta of France, along with Michael Kaiser, DJ Romain, and Booker T, began as an underground hit in 2006 and became a bona fide smash in 2007. With constant radio play in Europe and video airplay, he has brought the song back to a new generation. It hit no.1 on Canada's Nocturnal Magazine's Buzz Chart in June 2006 and has gone on to #17 in France, #1 in Bulgaria and Lebanon, and top 20 European and middle East chart positions. This renewed version has been one of the hottest club records for over two years and counting.
For the past 2 years, Keith has been touring regularly from the momentum of it's success across Europe and the Middle East. From Paris to Marseille, Begium to Portugal, Beirut to Tunisia, Bulgaria to Albania, the song has become a classic to a new generation as well as introduce Thompson's other material.
Late 2007 saw the release of "Borders Don't Matter" with a unifying message that is enjoyed strong support aided by mixes from Ralf Gum, Phil Hooton, Central Ave., DJ Nermin, and Thompson. “Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys”(Monster Bang Music), produced by Paul Simpson and Keith was released earlier in 2007 with strong underground support. It has even been licensed in Russia. Prior to this, his most recent releases were "Africa In Your Veins" (Waking Monster Media) and "All God's Children Got Rhythm" (Soulfuric Deep), produced by Christian Hornbostel in 2006. His voice is now emortalized in the biggest selling video game in history, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which features "Break 4 Love" (the original version) in the game's radio station and on the special double CD release. The word legend is often over used but most will agree, Keith Thompson is a house music legend having touched every generation of house music lovers with hits that have sold over 3 million. Not many can truly say that.
Keith was the lead vocalist on the classic "Break 4 Love" by Raze release on Columbia (US) and Champion (UK) in 1988. The international hit lead him to be signed by Capitol records in 1989 where he released the innovative "Can't Take It", coining the phrase "Ragga House" which lead the way for further experiments in house. After leaving EMI records, in 1992 he established his own label, Level 10 which released the underground classics, "Believe" and "The Rhythm Of Life". His other recent club hits have been "Living On The Frontline" (West Side, 2003) with producer Victor Simonelli, which was very successful from Europe to South Africa. Later that same year he continued his exposure with the Scott Wozniak produced "It's On", a favorite of DJ like Miguel Migs, Jay Jay, Jamie Lewis and a host of others internationally. He followed his collaboration with Simonelli with the 2006 release of "Dance In Our Time" with a unique blend of Ragga and house it found it's place in the hearts of the underground crowds from Ibiza to London and Marseille. Keith is one of the few artists to have two of his songs ("Living On The Frontline" & "Dance In Our Time") licensed simultaneously on Cirqu Du Soleil's prestegious compilation album Alain Viniet Muvement 2006.
Thompson began in the industry as a radio announcer and DJ on college radio then professionally at WNWK 105.9FM in New York, earlier in his career (1983 - 87) where his music and voice could be heard on commercials for MCI and Concerts At The Pier (NYC). An early pioneer in house music, he later went on to produce music with other legends of the business such as Vaughn Mason, Marshall Jefferson, Todd Terry, Tony Humphries, Masters At Work, Scott Wozniak, Joe T. Vanelli, Lenny Fontana, Eric Kupper, and Mathias Heilbron. Thompson has performed in all the major clubs in NYC from the Palladium, the Sound Factory, Limelight, Sound Factory Bar, to the Underground, Studio 54 and the Apollo Theater. He has toured Japan twice, regularly performs in England, Germany, Italy, and makes regular appearances in Ibiza. In the past year and a half he has gigged in Seoul, Moscow, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Beirut, Tunisia, Dubai, and the UK. Keith has always given show stopping performances as well as shared his almost two decades worth of industry knowledge. Look for him on tour this coming season. Fans of his music can take a sonic tour on www.keithompson.com and myspace.com/keithompson .
The Anthems & Hits:
"Break 4 Love" (original & current Vendetta remake)
“Show Them Love”
"Living On The Frontline"
"Africa In Your Veins"
"The Rhythm Of Life"
"Borders Don't Matter"
"Can't Take It"