A native of Utica, New York, John Keller had begun playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager. Since that time, he has honed his skills to become a well-received performer/songwriter, as well as a sideman with several musical projects. His talents are best reflected in his solo ventures, which the Rome Observer defined as “lively...original musical art.”
His CD releases include:
John has performed in many benefit shows. In fact, a portion of the sales from his first Christmas EP, goes to the American Red Cross. John organized the Acoustic Showcase series held at The Rock and Roll Preserve, which helped promote local musicians. He appears in Jennifer Perez’s award winning indie documentary “60 Minutes of Freedom - A Revolution Through Music.” And one of his songs was used in short documentary by famed director, Michael Patrei, “Demon – The Biker Chihuahua,” seen on Hulu. John’s music is regularly featured on the CNY television program, “Mohawk Valley Living.” He has contributed music columns to several widely read Central New York newspapers. He currently writes a music column, as well as provides CD reviews for CNY artists, for Mohawk Valley Living magazine.
Besides being a performing musician, John has been President of The Utica Music Alliance & Resource Center, Inc. (UMARC). UMARC is a non-profit organization designed to encourage and promote the creation of original music in the Mohawk Valley, help provide musicians with the resources on and for the business of music, as well as expose the public to the art of music. He hosts a Songwriter’s Circle at The Tramontane Cafe. When not performing, John can be found at his record shop, Off-Center Records. For over 20 years, he has stocked and sold rare & valuable vinyl recordings worldwide. Music runs through the heart and soul of John Keller, and he wouldn’t want it any other way.