Keith Follesé

Keith Follesé (born 1951 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American songwriter and co-founder of Midas Records Nashville.

Keith Follesé
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Years active1990s-present
Associated actsFaith Hill
Tim McGraw

Early in his career, Follesé recorded with his wife, Adrienne, on A&M Records. They never released an album, and moved to Los Angeles, California. There, Follesé tried to form a band while raising his family, but later moved to Nashville, Tennessee after being persuaded by a friend.[1]

Songs that Follesé co-wrote include "Before You Kill Us All" by Randy Travis, "Life Goes On" by Little Texas and four songs that went to number one between 1999 and 2000: "Something Like That" by Tim McGraw, "I Love You" by Martina McBride, "Smile" by Lonestar and "The Way You Love Me" by Faith Hill.[2]

In November 2001, Follesé was named Songwriter of the Year by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).[3] Follesé founded the Midas Records Nashville label in 2005 with Brad Allen.[4]

Follesé's sons, Ryan and Jamie, are members of the pop music band Hot Chelle Rae.[5]

His son Ryan is also a country solo artist now as well.


  1. Moore, Jayne. "Keith Follese Co-Writes Top Hits For Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride and Randy Travis". Songwriter Universe. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  2. Honick, Michelle Broussard (1 July 2000). "ENCORE ENTERTAINMENT: Indy Success". American Songwriter. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  3. Stark, Phyllis (17 November 2001). "Follesé, Vassar, EMI win ASCAP country honors". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 113 (46): 38. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. "Midas Records Nashville Taps 25-Year Industry Veteran Bob Reeves as National Director of Promotion". Business Wire. 4 October 2005. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  5. Mansfield, Brian (27 May 2011). "On the Verge: Hot Chelle Rae". USA Today. Retrieved 31 July 2011.

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