Keith Anderson could be the poster child for the notion that good things happen to good people. Heâ€™s quickly earned the reputation of being an adept writer of award nominated hits, not just for his own projects but for other artists as well and his good guy persona is as widely known as his high energy, letâ€™s-get-this-party-started live shows.
The release of his sophomore album Câ€™MON! finds Anderson, the Grammy-nominated songwriter, in fine form. He co-wrote 10 of the discâ€™s 11 tracks, pairing with some of Nashvilleâ€™s top tunesmiths including Rivers Rutherford, Tim Nichols, Chuck Cannon, Vicky McGehee, Jeffrey Steele (also the discâ€™s producer) and Bob DiPiero. "I wrote by myself for so long that itâ€™s fun to co-write," the Oklahoma native says. "Iâ€™m just such a social person that I love people and working together with them. Different co-writers have different strengths and I think you tend to tuck away certain ideas for certain co-writers."
The albumâ€™s current single, "I Still Miss You," was written by Anderson, Tim Nichols and Jason Sellers and is one of his fastest rising to date. "More than just writing a breakup song, we made it more a universal song of missing someone no longer in your life," Anderson says. "You always hope to write a song that touches people."
While itâ€™s said that youâ€™ve got a lifetime to write your first album and less than a year to write your second, Anderson was prepared for the challenge. "I moved to Nashville to get a record deal and while it didnâ€™t happen as quickly as Iâ€™d have liked, it was a blessing because I got to spend those years writing and developing a song catalog," he says. "And not just writing, but writing with people like Jeffrey Steele, Bob DiPiero, Craig Wiseman, guys like that. So while I wrote a lot of things for this record that reflect where I currently am in my life, it was also nice to be able to reach into that catalog."
Anderson admits that he keeps his touring schedule and his writing schedule separate. "Thereâ€™s not much down time or quiet time on the bus and there are so many things going on every day," he explains. But that doesnâ€™t mean that he can time those moments of inspiration. "Iâ€™m constantly grabbing my phone and leaving messages for myself or using my laptop to make note of something while on the road."