After The Voice

Keith Semple and his band back in pop-rock mode on new EP

The Semple Band includes (from left) Valentine Bennett, Drew Johnson, Keith Semple and Johnny Jannotti.

The Semple Band includes (from left) Valentine Bennett, Drew Johnson, Keith Semple and Johnny Jannotti.


Keith Semple and his band mates released a new EP Friday.

It’s called “For One Night Only” and it’s a major departure from the country-tinged pop-rock Keith released after his appearance on Season 9 of The Voice.

For the band’s new EP, the guys “decided to go for a dancy pop/rock feel that will have the crowds dancing and singing all summer long,” proclaims Keith’s website.

The five tracks include “One’s With the Money” about the current political climate, “For One Night Only,” a straight-up dance tune and my personal favorite “Don’t Understand,” an addictive rocker about the trouble guys and gals have understanding one another.

Keith wrote all five tunes with fellow band members Valentine Bennett, Drew Johnson and Johnny Jannotti.

He told Voice Views the new EP marks a return to the type of music the band has typically performed and the collaborative approach makes “For One Night Only” a special project.

“We all worked hard on this together rather than just me doing most of the writing,” Keith said. “I prefer this method and always think four heads are better than one.

“The songs are specifically for jamming out to our audiences this summer — big anthemic style pop rock hits.”

A contestant on Season 9 of The Voice, Keith advanced to the Top 20 before being eliminated.

Post-show, he released a five-track EP called “Anytime, Anywhere” that was recorded in Nashville, came out last February and featured a single by the same name.

A native of Ireland, Keith celebrated 10 years in the U.S. last fall. He had released two pre-Voice albums with his band Semple. He’s also a former member of the Chicago-based group 7th Heaven.

Keith and the band have a schedule packed with tour Illinois tour dates. You can check those out on Facebook and the band’s website.

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