Rising Star 2006
Well-known composer of Beer Run, the 2002 duet featuring George Jones and Garth Brooks, Keith Anderson was born in Miami, Oklahoma in 1968. He began writing songs in junior high, primarily inspired by his brother who taught Keith to play guitar. Keith’s early musical influences represented cross-section of the music industry, including Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, The Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd. During his high school days, Keith competed in football, baseball and bodybuilding. He was selected for the all-state team in football, finished second in the Mr. Oklahoma bodybuilding contest and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals baseball organization. A shoulder injury, however, halted his pursuit of a major league baseball career, so it was off to school at Oklahoma State University where he earned an engineering degree. After tiring of work in the engineering filed in Dallas, Keith took off for Nashville in 1998 to pursue his dream of becoming a professional songwriter. After his hit for Garth and George, Keith landed his own album deal that produced Three Chord Country and American Rock and Roll.