Jennings & KellerSinger/Songwriter
Jennings and Keller is Laurie Jennings Oudin and Dana Keller, an acoustic duo based out of Miami, FL. They bring a wealth of experience to their collaboration, from the Broadway musicals of New York to the honky tonks of West Texas. Their music is called ’Fusion Folk Americana’—a blend of many different elements that comes from their vast and wide-ranging musical backgrounds. Their story begins in 2006. After playing together in several different bands, Laurie and Dana decided to join forces and take their show on the road. With the release of their 2007 debut CD, ’Susan’s House’, Jennings and Keller quickly gained recognition as well as songwriting awards throughout the country. In 2007 alone, they were finalists or winners in 5 different songwriting competitions across the country.
In May of 2009, Jennings and Keller released their second CD, ’As The Universe Unfolds’, which garnered great reviews as well as airplay on independent radio stations from Florida to California.
They have just released their third CD, ’Mirror With a Memory’ (June, 2012), their most sophisticated and exciting collaboration to date. Lee Zimmerman of the Palm Beach New Times says of ’Mirror’ that it "..is a lovely and enticing 12-song set that spotlights both their songwriting prowess and supple skillful delivery..."
A former Shakespearean actress, Laurie has been a singer and songwriter for many years. Her theater training combined with many years of professional singing gives Laurie an obvious command of the stage as well as the songs that she sings. Dana Keller is a veteran pedal steel, dobro and guitar player who has spent years performing on stage or in the studio with such luminaries as Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Stevie Wonder, Larry Graham, Marvin Gaye, Dave Mason, Johnny Rodriguez and The Allen Brothers, to name a few. Dana has been an endorsee of the Gretsch Guitar and Drum Company since 1980. His dobro playing has been called ’jaw-droppingly good’.
The synergy created from these two diverse talents is apparent in the responses they are getting from festival directors, club owners, and audience members. Laurie’s and Dana’s music is not easy to define, but will leave a lasting impression on all who listen.