The Los Angeles Times described the voice of their native son as having a “lived-in quality that will echo in our minds and hearts for years to come.” Keaton Simons has enjoyed international recognition for his role in the singer/songwriter/pop world while on major labels Maverick and CBS Records. The blues/rock guitarist, singer and songwriter released his debut full-length album, Can You Hear Me, in 2008 and his follow up, Beautiful Pain, in 2013.
He’s performed his original music on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Call with Carson Daly, and The Ellen DeGenereres Show. Keaton’s music is also regularly placed in feature films and TV shows including Sons of Anarchy, Private Practice, and NCIS. Most recently, his latest single, “When I Go,” was featured in both the 2015 Summer Finale and 2016 Winter Mid Season Premiere of SUITS.
In 2015, Keaton supported Chris Cornell on his new album promo tour, playing guitar and singing background vocals on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Good Morning America and more. A video accompanying Cornell on “Nothing Compares 2 U” at SiriusXM Lithium XM surpassed 2 million views and Keaton’s solo was named 1 of 5 Top Guitar Solos of 2015 by Baeble Music.
Not surprisingly, Premier Guitar magazine has welcomed Keaton as a guest guitar teacher on their website and says, “Simons can play.” In addition to being the face of Advanced Guitar for Ubisoft’s Rocksmith video game, Keaton shines on guitar and vocals at pop-up jam sessions with legendary musicians like drummer Robin DiMaggio (Paul Simon, David Bowie), bassist Alex Al (Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder), and percussionist Lenny Castro (Boz Scaggs, Fleetwood Mac).
Proving that genres are just a state of mind, Keaton has even had success in the hip hop world as a writer, musical director, singer, guitarist and bassist with notable acts like Snoop Dogg, Gnarls Barkley, Tre Hardson of The Pharcyde, and underground hip hop legend Medusa.
Listen to Keaton’s debut single, on Big Deal Records, “When I Go.”