Singer, songwriter, retreat leader--Keith Elder has spoken and performed for over thirty years in a wide variety of church, conference, and community settings. While serving local churches in North Alabama as a youth director then as a pastor, Keith continued to write and record, play small concert venues, and provide leadership for special events.
Speaking of music... Keith has recorded seven full album projects, with the latest, "Mine that Mountain," being released in August, 2014. Besides many theme songs for service organizations and special events, he has also written and produced several small-scale musicals.
Keith's songs are life/people songs crossing the lines of Christian, Folk/Americana, Musical Theater, and borderline Bluegrass. He says he just writes what come out on a given day. Call him "genre-challenged," but these days he is shooting for an honest word, a compelling story, and a fitting musical form to carry the message. Probably his favorite songwriter quote comes from the legendary Roger Miller: "Songwriting is easy. It's like taking candy...from a bear."
Because the new songs continue to surface, Keith's concerts are ever-evolving, but all include songs, stories, heartfelt moments and food for thought. If you hear echoes of James Taylor, John Denver, or Larry Gatlin, you won't be the first.
Keith and his wife Jean have been married 35 years and currently reside in Franklin, Tennessee. They have one daughter, Carey Beth (a proud Auburn grad) who lives and works in San Francisco.