Being “every woman” while pursuing your dreams isn’t easy. But a homegirl from New Orleans made the magic happen! Arrianne Keelen is a great example of how the background can be anyone’s foreground. Arrianne won the Making a Star Finals at the 2016 Essence Music Festival and blazed that trail with a standing ovation at the Apollo Theater Making a Star showcase in New York City. She also just released her debut single, “Here With You.”
However, she’s no stranger to the music industry. She has been the opening act for many performers, including Susan Taylor, Les Brown, Carl Thomas, Debbie Winans, and Helen Baylor. She has also performed in the group SOUL and as a background vocalist for noted artists Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Don Moen, BLESSED, Lisa McClendon, Cynthia Liggins-Thomas, Ted & Sherri, Karen Clark-Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Vanessa Bell Armstrong, among many others. Her album credits include vocal appearances on Lisa McClendon’s Live at the House of Blues album (Integrity), Miracles Do Happen by Stephanie Dotson (SONHO), Praise Life Beyond (EMI), and Praisin In New Orleans by Betty Winn & One-A-Chord.
With all this to her credit, She holds down a nine-to-five and is a married mother of two who never gave up on her dream of being a solo performer.
Arrianne Keelen is a musical artist who loves God ⎯ that’s just what it is. She’s a versatile performer who will explore all genres of music as long as she feels she can still stand in the presence of God while singing it. That includes love songs. Being a wife and mom, she knows a little something about the subject.
“King Solomon,” Arrianne expressed, “ wrote a whole book of love poems and songs. But there are many different types of love. There is a love of self; there is a love for others and, of course, a love for your creator.” At first listen, one might think her debut single, “Here With You,” is a love song shared as an expression of emotion from one heart to another. That’s okay because Arrianne is an artist who likes to connect with the listener, and if that’s the message they receive ,and it helps to edify them and their relationship, it’s all for the good. However, Arrianne was inspired to write “Here With You” while experiencing a difficult time in her life. During those moments, she thought that if she could simply get into the atmosphere where God dwells, she would find the peace, joy and strength she needed.
“Here With You” pushes past the crowd and life’s distractions to take the listener into a serene state of healing and the love of God. It’s a testimony about a lifestyle of worship and it’s a song you can turn on when you’re in the throws of tribulation. It’s also a cool mid-tempo groove that can help you get through your morning and the rest of your day.
The song is carried by Arrianne’s pure, soul-searing voice, which is reminiscent of Aretha Franklin, Fantasia and CeCe Winans. Her music connects with the listener because it comes from a real place and from a real person ⎯ someone who understands, who has experienced the same issues and challenges as the listener.
Just like her music, Arrianne’s appearance is classy, expressive, and one of a kind. She’s a self-described “girly-girl” who loves hair, makeup, nails, and clothes.
She enjoys the rituals associated with being a woman. Her style is eclectic but still classy. She is often asked, “Girl, where did you get that?” by female passersby. Truth be told, Arrianne loves a good thrift store and prides herself on being able to take a $20 outfit and make it look like a million bucks.
The New Orleans native believes in her heart that music is her connection to God. She believes He uses her music to connect her and His message to others. There are a lot of mixed messages in music nowadays and not all of them are good. Arrianne wants her audience to know that it’s okay to love God, it’s okay to care, and it’s okay to treat others right.
“Here With You” is a song that will bring you joy. It’s feel-good music you can sing with your family, and if the spirit moves you, get up, dance and praise. Here With You by Arrianne Keelen is currently available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and other online outlets.