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He may not have made it past Hollywood, but Pennsylvanian singer-songwriter Keith London still made a splash on the American Idol
stage during his run, nonetheless. Perhaps best known for instigating what might be one of the most embarrassing judging flubs in Idol
history with his song choice of Beyoncé’s “If I Were A Boy”, perplexing Harry Connick, Jr. and JLo to the point that they would call it “bizarre” despite the empowering message underneath. The night that his Hollywood solos of “If I Were A Boy” and “Same Love” aired on Idol
, it was abundantly clear that what London was delivering through his song choices was that he’s gay, and that it’s all just a part of who he is.
“Here it comes,” he humorously quipped as I began to ask him about that fateful moment during Hollywood performances, and his position as the first to openly come out as gay during the Hollywood rounds. Ultimately, London is comfortable in his own skin, having said that “…hopefully my doing this helps others realize that it’s alright to be gay; it’s a small part of who I am as a songwriter, and moving forward, I hope that people realize that there’s much more to me as an artist than just the fact that I’m open about my sexual identity.”
On September 9, 2014, London celebrated the release of his first EP, Array
. “The EP consists of covers of reworked pop songs that exemplify who I am as an arranger and what my overall sound is,” London mused on the acoustipop ensemble, featuring stripped takes on 4 major modern pop staples. “I’m really proud of it.”
Opening up the EP is a reflective rendition of his Idol
audition song, Katy Perry’s “Roar”, which makes way for a particularly electronic take on “Say Something”, a chill, intimate rendition of One Direction’s “Kiss You”, and being spearheaded by a palpably emotive take on Sam Smith’s Grammy-winning “Stay With Me”. Most definitely, the mini-album does its part in establishing London’s current, yet innovatively driven, pop stylings, assuring fans that he has the potential for a long career set ahead of him in the industry.
You can check out the affecting just-released music video for “Stay With Me”, directed by Edward with Edemante Films
, below. For more on Keith, make sure to follow him on Facebook
, and Instagram
. Visit iTunes by clicking this link
to preview Array
in its entirety!
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