"Keels sounds like an artist in the peak of his career - and he's only just started" - The Line of Best Fit
"Matches lyrical introversion to neat melodic flair.. A subtle but empowering contrast that feels rich and unforced" - Clash
London based singer-songwriter Niall Keels is fast becoming one of the most talked about songwriters in the UK & Ireland.. His debut single ‘Surrender’ was released at the end of 2016 to a rapturous critical appraisal. The Line of Best Fit described the song as “Pure reflection” and a slew of online support then led to performances on London Live and Sofar Sounds. Spotify then jumped on board, adding the single to their tastemaker ‘Fresh Finds’ and Stress Buster playlist. On top of this, his last release was selected by Tom Robinson for his 6 Music BBC introducing playlist.
Starting out in Empire Divide, the band fronted by Niall were praised for their ethereal sound on their debut single ‘Velvet Sky’. The band then took a break where Niall concentrated on songwriting. In a stylistic shift, Niall now draws his main inspiration from bands like The National and the Augustines to heroes Jonny Cash, Phil Collins and Bruce Springsteen. No stranger to the music industry, Keels now boasts an impressive CV having toured and played alongside acts The Augustines, Catfish and The Bottlemen and most recently Air Traffic.
Jump back to 2017 and to coincide with sold-out shows at St Pancras Old Church and Camden Assembly (BarFly), Keels closed 2017 by sharing the beautiful track Darkest Nights, which is just short of 1 million streams. In 2019 Cold Winter was released, an anthem that captured plenty more attention from industry critics and bloggers and made Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist and Apple Music’s Best of the Week.
The latest release Walls of the City is another anthem, with a chorus that is a true testament to the pure song writing ability Keels has available. Were excited to hear the next few tracks set to follow.