I had a few moments to sit down with Keelan Donovan after his show in Wichita, KS on February 12.
Originally from Portland, Maine, Donovan started playing music and eventually formed his own band while attending the University of Maine. After that, he knew he needed a different environment if he wanted to continue music. So, he packed up his bags and headed south to Nashville.
“I transferred to Belmont because of the music scene and everyone. All the students are all super musical, obviously. That’s just a really good environment to surround myself in.”
When asked how he knew he wanted to pursue a career in music, his response was pretty unique.
“I love to make people laugh. I guess the best way I can describe it is in my senior year of high school, I sang “I Believe I Can Fly” at my talent show, and in the middle of it, I peed my pants. Then I ran off stage and that was a mixture of singing and making people laugh. I love making emotions from people.”
With the likes of The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, and The Tallest Man on Earth, Donovan also brings influences from other artists such as Nora Jones, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and even Nirvana.
To him, the most important thing in his songs are his lyrics, and he really tries to show how he’s feeling to those that are listening.
“That’s how I convey my passion and what I’m trying to get across, instead of the melody or the chords behind it. I feel like words impact people more than anything. That’s just my opinion. Some artists get their points across with really cool beats and it’s amazing. That the cool thing about music.”
He’s just starting out, but already feels comfortable on stage. He feels he has more of a brand than he ever has before and hopes that his music keeps evolving and that people will grow to recognize his music as time goes on.
“Where I’m at right now, I’m just beginning. and I’m really excited about it.”
Keelan is currently on the road with Cameron Bedell.
By: Tana Akers