Professional keyboard player, songwriter, arranger and musical director.
EDDIE “KEYS” ALLEN
West Windsor, NJ
Eddie “Keys” Allen's talented fingers hit the piano at the age of five. Over the last 35 years, he has played in various bands, touring with High Velocity and has rejoined The Ebonys from Philadelphia International Records and has been writing, arranging and recording a variety of unique sounds on keyboards, acoustic and digital piano.
A resident of Princeton Junction, New Jersey, Allen has always had a natural affinity for music. He played the piano by ear throughout his childhood years and became more serious about writing and arranging music in high school and through his four years of college at Fairleigh Dickinson University, majoring in music education and earning his teaching license.
Allen has written over 80 songs and is a versatile composer. Instrumental, New Age, Jazz, Latin, Country, R&B, Ballads and Soundtrack music are all part of his music catalog with Write Stuff Music Inc. in Michigan (www.writestuffmusic.com) In 1993, Rodell Records, of Hollywood, California, featured one of Allen's songs, "I Don't Mind Thinkin'" on its compilation compact disc, entitled "Diamonds in the Rough IX". Adam Rodell, President of Rodell Records said of Allen, "Eddie “Keys” Allen's composition wizardry will earn him a place at the head of the music business table."
Allen has also earned some local recognition with his Instrumental relaxation album entitled "Songs to the Fire", which features peaceful piano music and soothing strings. In the New Hope, Pennsylvania market, where New Age music is a hot ticket, Allen's album has been relaxing its residents for the last 10 years. His album was also distributed with the help of the American Cancer Society to all of their registered cancer patients and survivors. "Many cancer patients and survivors related to me that they found the music to be a benefit while undergoing their treatments and to lower their stress level using visual imagery", says Allen.
"Music has always been my reason for being" says Allen. His most recent composition entitled “Day of Remembrance” is evidence of this, as it was written in memory of those who died during the Holocaust and in honor of his mother who is a Holocaust survivor. The acoustic piano, accompanied by sympathetic and dramatic string sounds creates eeriness to the music that is compelling, thought-provoking, and hauntingly beautiful. In 2008, “Day of Remembrance” was accepted by the National September 11 Memorial and Museum into their Artist Registry and can be heard at: http://registry.national911memorial.org
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