GUITAR MAESTRO PHIL KEAGGY
ENJOYS ‘FAVORITE NRB EVER’
Live From Kegworth Studio
Nashville, Tenn. (March 1, 2012) – Legendary Christian recording artist and world-renowned guitar maestro Phil Keaggy recently attended the 2012 National Religious Broadcasters Convention (NRB), held Feb. 18-22, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, where he met with numerous broadcasters and media representatives to discuss his current CD, Live From Kegworth Studio.
“This year was my favorite NRB ever,” says Keaggy, a veteran of the Convention. “I just enjoyed the people and felt we all made a real connection. It felt like being with friends in many ways.
“I am glad that there are people who still believe in reaching many hearts with the Gospel through the various means God provides for us — through books and music and technology,” he says.
Thousands of Christian broadcasters, programmers, ministers and others participated in the convention, which is presented annually by the National Religious Broadcasters.
Keaggy, who also gave select media a sneak preview of some music from his upcoming 2012 CD, was a crowd favorite, spending much time throughout the convention signing autographs and talking with fans.
Photo caption: Phil Keaggy, left, is interviewed on the NRB Exhibition floor by Drew Sumrall of LeSea Broadcasting for an upcoming show produced by the popular Christian broadcaster. (McCain & Co. Public Relations photo)
The annual Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of nearly 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their ministries. NRB 2012 was Feb. 18-21 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. The 2013 Convention is scheduled for March 2-5, 2013 in Nashville. For more convention information go to nrbconvention.org.About Phil Keaggy:
One of the world’s most beloved musicians, Keaggy’s solo career has spanned 40+ years and has included more than 50 solo albums, both vocal and instrumental, as well as eight releases with his band, Glass Harp.
Widely recognized for his phenomenal guitar playing as well as his vocal and songwriting prowess, he has received numerous accolades and awards for his music, including seven Dove Awards and a Grammy nomination. Keaggy was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2007, and was named one of the Top 10 best rock singers in Christian music history by GospelMusicChannel.com in 2009. In addition, Rolling Stone named him one of the “25 Most Underrated Guitarists,” alongside Prince, The Beatles’ George Harrison, Kurt Cobain, Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham.
An accomplished record producer and one of the most sought-after studio guitarists on the planet, Keaggy also continues to sell out concerts all over the United States with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock & roll to fully-orchestrated instrumental compositions.
Keaggy released Live From Kegworth Studio through Strobie Records in Fall 2011, featuring his most popular live arrangements, including “Salvation Army Band,” “The True Believers” and “Here Comes the Sun.”
The genesis of the current project from the Gospel Music Hall of Famer came in response to fan requests through the years following Keaggy’s concerts.
“When I finish a show, people are always asking me if I have a CD with all the songs I played live at the concert. Regrettably, I didn’t have one CD with many of the songs I played on a given night. So I took it upon myself to record live in my home studio many of the songs I do in concert,” says Keaggy.
“With an audience of one,” Keaggy says, “I played and sang my heart out and chose the best takes of each song presented in the collection.”
In true Keaggy fashion, the project features the musician’s amazing vocals coupled with his brilliant guitar playing and looping magic, using no overdubs.
Live From Kegworth Studio includes elements of all the musical stylings for which Keaggy is famous. He cuts loose with a wailing rendition of the classic “Salvation Army Band,” allows the mood and tempo to take center stage on the Keith Green-penned “Your Love Broke Through,” pays homage to George Harrison with a spot-on rendition of the Beatles’ hit “Here Comes the Sun,” and settles into some intricate acoustic guitar strumming coupled with reflective lyrics on the contemplative “Chalice.”
For more information on Keaggy and Live From Kegworth Studio, visit philkeaggy.com.