Keke Wyatt: Renowned Voice without Recognition
Early Life & Beginnings
Ke’Tara Shavon “Keke” Wyatt was born on March 10, 1982, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Consisting of four brothers, she was born into a family with a deep adoration for Gospel and religious music.
Keke began singing at the young age of 2, having her first showcase at five years old. During her early matriculation, Keke’s musical taste was introduced to rhythm and blues, R&B, artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder.
Recognizing her love for music, Keke began performing and integrating herself into various all-girl singing groups.
Young Keke Singing & Songwriting
Keke’s professional career started at the young age of 10 years old. She started with recording of What If for a gospel compilation album for R.H. Duncan. She had such a powerful voice even early on that led her to meet artists such as Nathan Alexander, Chris Kelly, and Emmanuel Officer. She performed demo songs during her mid-teens, averaging about $1500 per recording. During this time, she would also write majority of lyrics for a hit song but receive no recognition.
Now You See Her, Now You Don't
At 15 years old, Keke recorded My First Love, with Avant, as a single for his album My Thoughts. During this time she also recorded a remake of the 1980s song by Rene & Angela, remaining in the top 10 for weeks. This afforded her a contract for a solo album with MCA Records.
She released songs and a platinum album, Soul Sista, in November 2001 selling more than one million copies. During this times she was also considered one of the earlier members of Destiny’s Child (then called the Dolls), but was replaced by Beyonce.
She released several solo albums that would fail to chart like many had hoped. Her albums failing, and her record label filing for divorce, she had to take a step back from her solo career.
Following, she released her most notable song, Who Knew, on February 23, 2010 creating some semblance of hope. Ultimately she fell back from the spotlight.
In 2012, she was featured on R&B Divas alongside artists like Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Monifah, and Syleena Johnson.
Although, Keke Wyatt still makes music, she does not receive the recognition that she deserves for her magnificent voice among today’s generation.
"Who Knew" Her Music Was So Good?
Keke Wyatt has a very wide range of musical projects considering she has such strong vocal abilities. She currently has millions of hits on youtube for several of her classic songs and her covers notable R&B and Gospel songs. She is within the ranks of Jennifer Hudson and other artist who have strong, powerful voices that tend to get overlooked by mainstream society.