Keaton Simons
NCIS Disc 01: Special Agent
Track 10: Mama Song
 

When considering the roll call of rock’s most influential icons, those rare artists that pose a triple threat are the ones that consistently stand out -- musicians that seize the spotlight through their singing, songwriting and instrumental prowess. That hallowed breed of musician has become increasingly less common in popular music, so it’s especially worth noting that Keaton Simons also qualifies as a triple threat, given that his multifaceted talents have garnered him a presence on radio, television, film and the concert circuit. It’s an especially auspicious distinction for an artist who just released his debut album in the summer of 2008.

The many career accomplishments he’s racked up in such a relatively short time attest to both his aptitude and his attitude. In fact, music seemed to be in his genes. He was singing from the time he started talking and was already adept on guitar by age 12.  He pursued his musical obsession through his teens and carried over to college, with Keaton earning a degree in Ethnomusicology. Absorbing a varied array of classic influences – Hendrix, Dylan, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Robert Johnson among them – he immersed himself in all forms of music, from Rock to Jazz, Blues to Bluegrass and melded them into a mix that’s timely and timeless.

NCIS has featured several Keaton Simons songs in recent episodes, and “Mama Song,” from Season 5’s “Judgement Day” is represented on NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack.

 
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