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A Musical Life: Keo

Frank Bravo

Keo is a Wichita-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. She is a member of the band Keo and Them.

“When I used to live in Texas, I was in choir class. I didn’t like the music that they had. So I said, ‘I’m going to write my own music to make up for the fact that I don’t like [that other music]. That’s when I started, in eighth grade.

“I can remember the songs and how they were so terrible, they were real cheesy. Now, I feel [that my songs] are more mature. They have more points. I talk about my experiences with people and how I feel about certain things. Certain situations I’ve been in.

“I have no problem being in front of people and performing. For some reason I have a harder time when I’m rehearsing. I will miss notes but as soon as I get up and perform in front of people, I don’t feel like I miss [notes] at all. In fact, I feel like a different person.”

Jedd Beaudoin is host/producer of the nationally syndicated program Strange Currency. He has also served as an arts reporter, a producer of A Musical Life and a founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. As a music journalist, his work has appeared in Pop Matters, Vox, No Depression and Keyboard Magazine.