Chris Keup is the owner of White Star Sound, the Virginia state-of-the-art recording studio where most of my Louisa Crossing album was recorded in May 2018. It was an honor and privilege to bring my musical creations to life in that space. In 2016, the Charlottesville on-line weekly C-Ville said that the studio “has a knack for producing stellar tracks for local as well as nationally known musicians.”
But in addition to owning White Star Sound, Chris is a one-man musical force, having also found fame and success as a songwriter, music producer and music publisher.
According to his background information on LINKEDIN, Chris has worked across a variety of genres with artists on Warner Bros., Universal, Elektra, Atlantic, Mercury, Nettwerk, Chrysalis, Ivy League and Virgin. His songs have appeared in numerous TV shows and films (Grey’s Anatomy, The O.C., American Idol, Jimmy Fallon, The Heartbreak Kid, One Tree Hill, Vampire Diaries, etc.) and have sold several million copies worldwide. In 2000, ASCAP presented him with the Sammy Cahn lyricist award in a Lincoln Center ceremony (other past winners include John Mayer, Josh Ritter, and Lori McKenna). His work has been showcased at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and numerous NYC ASCAP showcases.
His production projects have reached as high as #1 overall on iTunes and #2 on Billboard. He has produced releases for Mercury Records, Warner Bros., Atlantic Records and nearly a hundred independent projects. His development projects have gone on to sign with Epic, Mercury, Warner Bros., Or Music, Cherry Lane, Warner Chappel and many others.
Most recently, in 2016 Chris founded the Salinger Songs music publishing venture. He started Salinger Songs as a way to back developing and under-valued creators. He’s got 20 artists now in his portfolio. Chris works with each Salinger artist to find ways to promote and build on his or her creative work. I’m not there yet – but who knows??