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Keith Snipes is an actor, poet, vocalist, and songwriter. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Keith started acting at the age of 16, after landing a summer job that focused on the arts. Gifted with a melodious singing voice, his first two theatrical performances were both in musical productions, West Side Story and Porgy & Bess, respectively. 

Keith’s primary musical influence was his mother, Daisy Mae Snipes. Under her guidance, He and his siblings would perform as if they were a professional gospel choir. His mother, who as a child sang with the famed gospel singer, Shirley Ceasar, taught her children how to deliver a song with poise and confidence.  

It was not until his mother transitioned from this plane that Keith, almost suddenly, began to seriously think of himself as a singer and songwriter. The first song he wrote is about his mother. He wrote it as he sat by her hospital bed, which was surrounded by liquids. The song is aptly entitled, “Bed of Water.” According to Keith, the song takes the listener from the bed of water his mother carried him in for nine months to the bed of water he prayed would bring his mother through.

 Bed of Water is just one of the emotionally charged soulful songs on his debut EP. It is filled with socially conscious songs and politically poignant poetry. Keith is determined to say something meaningful whenever he writes and sings a song. Stay tuned!

 

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On stage, it's very naked. There's a reason you shake your knees. You're very vulnerable, cos it's just you, your body is the instrument. But I always had confidence in my voice, if I had the right song, the right words to sing.” - Gregory Porter

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