Verve recording artist Keith Harkin’s self-titled solo debut was released on September 18th, 2012. Jochem van der Saag—who has worked with such artists as Josh Groban, Michael Bublé and Seal, produced the CD.
David Foster, the multi-Grammy® Award-winning producer and recently appointed Chairman of Verve Music Group, serves as executive producer. Harkin is best-known as a principle singer with Irish global powerhouse Celtic Thunder, which Billboard named Top World Music Artist. “Keith Harkin has a rare combination of talents — he’s a great singer, a unique songwriter and gifted live performer. He defines the very qualities true artists are born with,” said David Foster, adding, “We’re proud to have Keith as a key member of the growing Verve family.
Keith Harkin, a twelve-track collection split between classic covers and original compositions, illustrates the artist’s skills as both an interpreter and a writer. The album’s first single is the bittersweet traveler’s plea, “Don’t Forget About Me,” which will be accompanied by a video. “I love all music, and a lot of my influences are on this record,” says Harkin. ”Neil Young, pop, dance, country—I love Glen Campbell. I see it like an old-school Elton John record, where he would play rock next to country next to folk. It’s quite a broad horizon.”
Cover versions of rock and pop classics include Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You,” featuring a duet with two-time Grammy® Award winner Colbie Caillat, Tom Waits’ “The Heart Of Saturday Night,” “Everybody’s Talkin’,” which Harkin mastered at age 13, and a powerful version of Don Henley’s “The End of the Innocence.” In addition to “Don’t Forget About Me,” other self-penned tracks include the gently rolling, heartfelt love song “Nothing But You & I,” and the yearning