2009 was an extraordinary year for Portland musicians Keegan Smith & the Fam. Smith and his band won a pair of 2009 Portland Music Awards for both Male Artist of the Year and Best Live Performance. The group released its 5th album, Special Delivery, to a sold out crowd at Portland's historic Bagdad Theatre before kicking off a full summer show schedule.
They were nominated for Best Adult Contemporary Song (Smile) in the 2009 Hollywood Music in Media Awards and walked their first red carpet at LA's famous Kodak Theater in November.
So far in 2010, you can hear Keegan's music on Pandora internet radio and see the band featured in a national TV showcase during each NBA Portland Trailblazer pre-game show on NBC networks. Smith again won Male Artist of the Year at the 2010 Portland Music Awards, and won three different categories in the World Wide Effigy Awards: Best Adult Contemporary Song (Morning Comes), Best Reggae Song (Just Fine) and Best Adult Contemporary Artist.
The band is working on a new album, touring to spread the love, and playing festivals across the country in this upcoming year.
Special Delivery documents the hardships, physical struggles, and pure, unabashed joy associated with being a new parent. Smith teamed up with producer Justin Dodge for this album, crafting a variety of songs about the marital bond, father-daughter love, financial struggles, addiction, spiritual uncertainties, and all-encompassing breakdowns associated with his life. The new album displays his art form poetically, while stylistically flowing between the genres of acoustic pop, disco-funk, and reggae-blues, all while infusing an electronic backdrop to create an ethereal ear pleasing experience.
Keegan's band, “The Fam" is an eclectic mix of musical heavyweights, producers, and bandleaders from the Northwest's thriving music scene. Together they create an energetic and entertaining sound that has captivated audiences of every age. Portland's Willamette Week reviews the Fam saying, “[their] stuff is like musical summer” and “life's a little sunnier when listening to them.”
Adjustments to line-up can vary, depending on needs of venue/client. Smith’s band includes Keegan Smith (Guitar/Vocals), Chris Chard (Bass), Justin Dodge (Keys), Tyrone Hendrix (Drums), Josh Wuerth (Guitar).
Keegan Smith's Special Delivery (2009)