Artist: Humphrey and McKeown
About the Episode:
Humphrey-McKeown started off on a summer day in 2006 when singer/songwriter/producer Tom McKeown asked a group of musician friends if any had an interest in creating original music together. In the crowd that day was singer/songwriter/poet Heather Humphrey who saw this as an opportunity to take her fledgling songwriting to a new level. The two set out at once in combining Heather’s words with Tom’s music; to create something neither had done in the past. It was a fusion of some very dissimilar styles…yet it worked.
Tom McKeown grew up in the Chicago area and has learned to play many instruments since his first guitar at the age of 10. He’s travelled the Midwest as singer/songwriter for the hard rock group Haze and progressive rock band Damascus. Since that time he has worked as a session musician/vocalist and built a studio to further his experimentations in audio production. His trademark is the unexpected chord and arrangement.
Heather Humphrey comes from New York where she grew her roots deep in musical theater. At an early age she developed a passion for deep, heart-felt words combined with memorable melodies. Heather has a never-ending stream of new lyric and melody ideas. She also has one of the most identifiable alto voices in music today. Heather can sing the most beautiful soft ballad one minute and break into an angst ridden rock song the next.
So what happens when the progressive meets the show tune? Surprisingly, Humphrey-McKeown sounds like neither. Their style is filled with influences, yet none are readily identifiable. They have melted their own individual tastes into something that is wholly organic and original. Their motto; “live, learn, create…repeat” sums them up pretty well. They write about life; the ups and downs, the triumphs and trials. Real life; Real music.
Humphrey-McKeown has written music for hire, played wherever/whenever they can, and focused on recording for publishers. Even with the wide variety of styles they work in, their songs are instantly recognized as unmistakable “Humphrey-McKeown.“0