Keith Follese grew up in the music-rich scene of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has spent most of his music career dividing time between Los Angeles and Nashville. Keith’s relentless drive and songwriting talent has rewarded him with many top songwriting honors.
Keith has been named both ASCAP and BILLBOARD magazine’s SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR as well as being Grammy-nominated.
Since moving to Nashville, Keith’s chart action speaks volumes. Starting in 1994 Keith had #1 singles with Randy Travis’ “Before You Kill Us All” and Little Texas’ “Life Goes On”. Since then, Keith has held the #1 Single chart position for a record 15 weeks: Faith Hill’s “The Way You Love Me” (4 Weeks #1), Tim McGraw’s “Something Like That” (5 weeks #1), Martina McBride’s “I Love You” (Runaway Bride) (5 weeks #1), Lonestar’s “Smile” (1 week – #1).
In 2002, “The Way You Love Me” from Faith Hill’s 8x’s Platinum “Breathe” CD was awarded ASCAP’s Country “Song of the Year”. “The Way You Love Me” went on to become a POP/AC hit in the United States and all over Europe.
Keith was also the CEO of Midas Music. In June 2007, when Midas Records scored a top ten single with “He was a good man” by Emerson Drive written and produced by Keith and followed it up with #1 Country Single “Moments”. He co-wrote two songs on the debut Lady Antebellum record including the hit single “Looking for a good time”.Keith has written songs with artists as diverse as Katy Perry, John Oates, Timothy Schmit, Jamey Johnson and Jo Dee Messina to name a few. He wrote Top 10 song with AC artist Jim Brickman. He co produced and wrote three songs on the first Hot Chelle Rae record and was instrumental in getting them signed to a major label. Just finished co producing the Leiber/Stoller Legend record with Jed Leiber.
He is currently writing with and producing Beamer Wigley (Canadian) and Anna McElroy American country artist.