Pastor Keithron Powell was raised in Detroit, MI and is married to Teresa Powell of Beckley, WV. He began playing the drums at age 16 and at age 18, the piano. "Thirty days after receiving my first keyboard I wrote my first song and it was horrible! But I did it and I was so proud of it. I thought the song was awesome but when I showed it to my former pastor (who is an acclaimed songwriter/musician), he explained to me, in a nice way, that the song wasn't that good. What he said was that a song can be anything you make it as the creator, but just because you write it doesn't mean others have to like it. That's how my song writing career began." Keith received a few lessons from his pastor on piano and six months later he started a youth choir at the church that performed two songs by the late Pastor Timothy Wright. After the choir performed his pastor told him that he could maintain the choir but he said, "You have to write all original praise and worship music. I don't want anything from the Top 40 Gospel Charts." From there Keith composed two songs. One was titled "Holy Lord." When asked about the song he says, "I am so shocked that after twenty years there are people that still remember that song. When we did that song, the church went into worship and I didn't notice at first because I was so focused on playing the right notes; but when I looked up I was just amazed and humbled." He jokingly says, "After that, I just knew I was going to start receiving Grammy's."
Keith goes on to say, "I have written a lot of songs. The thing about song writing is that you don't always write hits. You probably write more horrible tunes than you do good ones, but that's the cool thing about it. Music gives you that room to grow and improve and proves that you learn more from your mistakes than you do your triumphs."
After moving to Jacksonville, Keith composed a song for the Potter's House International Ministries called "Glory and Honor" which was featured on their CD project, "Yes, He Lives!" He also started an a capella singing group called, Prayz Unlimited, in 1999, that performed original songs as well as songs by Earth, Wind and Fire and Take 6. Additionally, Keith began doing stand up comedy for a while then went on to produce his own cable television show called, Totally Gospel Music Videos. In 2003, while serving as drama ministry leader, Keith wrote, produced and directed "The Prophecy". The play was performed in front of approximately 4,500 people and was so successful that people are presently talking about the play. After the success of "The Prophecy" Keith decided to write, produce, direct and star in his first film, "The Anointing." "I think the good thing for me was that I hadn't been told that I couldn't or shouldn't do the things that I aspired to do. I didn't have those limitations on me, so for me it's not work, it's just fun."
Since then Keith he has started a production company (KDP Productions.) , two radio stations iGospel Music and iGospel Word and the Independent Gospel Artist Radio Alliance (IGARA) now known as Indie Music Makers, which helps independent artist and their careers. He has produced CD's for Coretta McQueen, and Teresa Powell, his wife. Coretta's title song "Freedom" has been featured on both the Steve Harvey and Yolanda Adams' Morning Shows. Keith has written and continues to write jingles, intros/outros for radio and television for numerous companies and ministries, as well as songs for other artists and play wrights. In addition to being a musician he is also a self-published author with 12 books to his credit. Keith also pastored Victory In Praise Outreach Ministries, in Jacksonville, FL, from 2009-2016.
Keith has revisited his work on "The Prophecy" and has redeveloped and refined the play by adding 23 original songs and making some adjustments to the overall play. These adjustments have caused the play to grow to another level and has morphed into a Broadway style production. Keith explains, "The Prophecy is not a church play, it is an experience. It's not a play you come to watch, but a production that you come to experience. Every scene and every song is meant to make you feel like you were there in that space, at that time and that you are a part of what is going on right before your very eyes."
When asked who are your musical influences: "Being from Detroit I could give the stock answers from gospel and R&B like Fred Hammond or Stevie Wonder but honestly there isn't just one or two. As of late, I've been really feeling Herbie Hancock, Michael Buble', and Harry Connick Jr. I mean I am into all sorts of music - jazz, gospel, classical, rock, pop, latin but if I had to answer who had the biggest influence on me I would have to say Take 6. For me they were my music college. I stopped listening to everything once I got that first CD called 'Do Be Do Wop Bop.' Most people don't know the actual tittle of their first CD. Because of them I began to listen to music differently. I am also a fan of George Gershwin and the old ragtime feel. I try to be a well rounded musician. You know, not just stuck in one genre. I think musicians that don't dabble in other areas of music are limiting themselves, but that is just my opinion. I do know that I couldn't write for plays if I didn't listen to all styles. I think being a drummer first helps too because I can usually understand the style rhythmically."
"When I look back over my life, how I grew up and what God has done I am amazed! I can't explain how a young boy from the east side of Detroit, who grew up poor and in a house surrounded by drugs and guns became a preacher and a musician, but I did. Now I often wonder what will people say when I am gone. I hope my music and my messages speak volumes after I am gone."