Caribbean Real Estate Author

Book Author

Keith Whiting

Born in London, England at a very early age! His first musical memories are hearing Count Basie on his dad’s gramophone. At the age of 7 he saw the band on TV with drummer Rufus Jones and his life direction was set – A gift of a snare drum – and every spare minute from then on was taken up with practice. Culminating with his first paying gig at the age of twelve!

Many hours of practice and performance later, at the age of 15 he quit school and joined the band Rare Amber. The next year was spent driving up and down the motorways of England playing at clubs across the country – 5 musicians, a roadie, and the bands equipment packed into a transit van.

Following a trip to Germany – 2 weeks playing 7 hours a night – not only pulled the band together, but also ensured they all lost weight, as they never got paid and spent the whole 2 weeks surviving on jam sandwiches! Returning to England a contract was signed with Polydor and the band went into the studio to record their first album. Sessions were from 9am to 1pm – at 2pm The Who came in to work on the album “Tommy”.

Soon after the release of the album, with rising debt, mounting internal dissension and management problems the band broke up. With no promotion and no band to support it the album quickly disappeared, only to later become a collector’s item with copies selling for as much as 350 Euros.

Upon leaving the band Keith moved into recording and producing, first at Phillips and then at Decca, working with Artists as diverse as Dusty Springfield, Ben Webster, ELO, and Pink Floyd.

After a short stint in Africa engineering and producing the album BLO – Step Three, he moved to Canada. His first production in Canada was the Juno nominated, “Gold” album FM. Soon followed by recordings with Oscar Peterson, Pat Metheny, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Marc Jordan, Doug Riley Roberta Flack and many of the US and Canada’s finest jazz and pop musicians.

Moving into the 90’s he continued to work as a producer and also founded 2 groups – The Gospel Project and Kaleefah. Kaleefah performed with Celine Dion and Billy Preston. Their album “Listen to the World” was later nominated for a Juno.

With the turn of the new century Keith expanded his creative vision writing and producing his own material, including 3 musicals. He produced the Classic Jazz Album of the Year “Stride” featuring Doug Riley, Tyler Yarema, and John Roby.

He wrote and photographed “The Adventure Guide to Barbados”, and completed his first novel “Always: You’ll Never Walk Alone”. He also wrote and photographed numerous travel features,  and edited 2 magazines – Macedonian Life and Whitesand.

He is currently working on a book “Jazz Voices”, a new Barbados Travel Guide, and the “Caribbean Real Estate Guide”.

In his spare time he has crewed on a racing yacht, attained the rank of second-degree black belt in Karate, and run the Toronto Marathon.