Keith (Keef) Whiting

Keith (Keef) Whiting, the founder of imaJJine, is an award winning producer and songwriter. Starting out as a drummer at the age of 7. He played his first paying gig at the age of 12. At 15 he joined the band Rare Amber which toured England and Germany before recording their critically acclaimed self-titled album.

Leaving the band he moved into engineering at Phillips Studio in London where he engineered albums for ELO, Dusty Springfield, Cleo Laine, The Move, Ben Webster, Scott Walker, Rod McKuen and many others.

Moving to Decca Records he refined his production skills. Then spent time in Nigeria teaching engineering, and producing the critically acclaimed album “Blo Step 3”.

Moving to Canada, his first production was the Gold Certified album Black Noise by FM. Black Noise was also listed as one of the 50 Top Progressive Rock Albums of All Time, by Rolling Stone magazine.

More albums followed with: Marc Jordan, Ken Tobias, Aaron Davis, Doug Riley, Pat Labarbara, Dianne Heatherington, Danny Weis, Jackie Richardson, Professor Longhair, and many leading jazz Artists. He produced  classical music albums with Andrew Davis, Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser, Canadian Brass, Bowkun Trio, and Valerie Tryon.

As senior music producer for CBC radio he worked with many great international artists including: Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Oscar Peterson, Jaco Pastorius, Keith Jarrett, Mel Torme, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Roberta Flack, The Temptations, Donovan, Robert Palmer, and many others.

As a mixer of musical hybrids, he created the Juno nominated group Kaleefah, fusing African, South American and western music. He co-founded The Gospel Project an eighteen-voice choir that appeared on CBC performing with Billy Preston and Celine Dion.

In 1991 he founded KC Records, scoring hits with, “Someone for Me” by Selections, “Go Go Dancer by Christine, and the Juno nominated album “Listen to the World” by Kaleefah.

He is the author of 10 books and 4 plays, including the musical, “Stride”. The soundtrack album he produced for the musical won “Classic Jazz Album of the Year”.