Keb' Mo' Keeps It Simple
GRAMMY-winning musician Keb' Mo' recently visited The Recording Academy's Nashville Chapter and participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Keb' Mo' discussed his biggest career moments, the message he wants to communicate through his songs and future plans, among other topics.
"I've done a lot for me. I've done all the records that I want to do," said Keb' Mo'. "Now I want to do one for people who have been supporting me. It's a selfless but satisfying experience that I'm looking to have on [my] next record."
Born Kevin Moore in Los Angeles, Keb' Mo's music spans multiple genres, including R&B, jazz, pop, and folk. He released his self-titled debut in 1994, followed by 1996's Just Like You, which earned him his first GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Blues Album. In 1998 Keb' Mo' garnered a second GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Slow Down. He took home his third GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Blues Album for 2004's Keep It Simple, which topped Billboard's Blues Albums chart. In addition to writing or co-writing all 12 songs and playing various instruments, Keb' Mo' also produced Keep It Simple. In 2005 he was nominated for a Best Country Song GRAMMY for "I Hope," which he co-wrote with GRAMMY-winning trio Dixie Chicks.
Keb' Mo's most recent album, 2011's The Reflection, received a nomination for Best Blues Album at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards and cracked the top 100 on the Billboard 200. The album features collaborations with GRAMMY winners India.Arie and Vince Gill and saxophonist Dave Koz, as well as the tracks "The Whole Enchilada," "We Don't Need It" and a cover of the Eagles' "One Of These Nights." Keb' Mo' is currently on a U.S. tour, with select dates scheduled through June.