Troubadour Fuses Lyrical Storytelling, Upbeat Anthems

Pop/rock musician Keelan Donovan performs at Alma College. 

Keelan Donovan Keelan DonovanKeelan Donovan, the pop/rock musician whose self-titled 2017 EP debuted at #14 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart, visits mid-Michigan for a concert performance.

Donovan performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall, at Alma College. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

With upbeat anthems and a sense of humor, the Maine-born and Nashville-based troubadour has logged more than 600 shows across 48 states and four countries alongside the likes of The All-American Rejects, Ben Rector, Matt Nathanson and News Politics.

Donovan’s music has appeared on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” and “Weekly Buzz” playlists as well as ABCs “Nashville” and a trailer for “The Hero” starring Sam Elliott.

“I want people to think of me as a real person and hopefully even as a friend,” he says on his website. “I want to be approachable. That makes the songs relatable. It all comes back to that honesty and integrity of the performance on stage and in the studio. It’s a specific energy.”

In 2017, Donovan’s self-titled debut fused lyrical storytelling, irresistible hooks and a singer-songwriter spirit driven by rich instrumentation. The single “Touch and Go” broke into the Top 40 Hot AC Billboard Charts and remained there for five weeks.

Story published on December 18, 2018