Barry Keenan is the singer/songwriter of the band. Critics have said that his songs are "thought provoking," and “his finely crafted lyrics, though completely contemporary, remain timeless”. One critic wrote that “Keenan takes the listener into the abyss…then shows them the way out”.
The music is a rich kaleidoscope of inventive pop, driving rock, urban folk and electronic magic, with strong hooks that entertain the listener in a meaningful way bringing them through a rollercoaster of emotions. The stories and ideas contained in the songs ring with a modern sound, and are a reflection of the classic music we all love.
Ed Krzyzaniak is an accomplished guitarist, and background singer for Invisible Poet Kings. His interest in music started by listening to his parent’s album collection containing the music of Elvis, the Beatles, Glen Campbell and a host of various bluegrass musicians. He got his first guitar at the age of 6.
Over the years Ed has performed, co-written and recorded with many notable musicians like Grammy winner Michael Sembello (“Maniac”), Mitch Ryder, Rami Jaffe (Foo Fighters, the Wallflowers), Alex Del Zoppo (Sweetwater, Beach Boys), Timothy Bloom (Grammy winner), Kynne Smith (Grammy nominee, Stellar Award Winner)and Steve Hunter (Alice Cooper, Tracy Chapman) among others.
Ed is also an award-winning musician that has scored film and TV projects, he was the live guitarist for the Battle of the Dance show and a music coach for the X Factor.
Mike Hatfield has spent most of his career recording and performing in the central part of the United States with various bands. So, he is no stranger to the stage or the studio.
In 2020, Mike moved west and settled in Los Angeles, CA. He joined the rock band, Invisible Poet Kings as their new bass player. Mike said he is enjoying playing bass on such melodic and musical songs, written by Barry Keenan, the band's founder and songwriter.
Keenan said, “I was working on Mike’s music as an engineer/producer. When the bass player for invisible Poet Kings could longer commit to the band, I called Mike who was back in Michigan and asked him if he plays bass. Mike said he did. I then asked him if he wanted to be in the band. Mike said yes to my delight.”
Mike says, “It’s really expanded my musical sensibilities playing such great structured and professionally written songs. Becoming a member of Invisible Poet Kings has been a welcome and rewarding challenge.”
Invisible Poet King’s drummer, Voyce McGinley III, does not know a time when he was not surrounded by music. Under his very first Christmas tree, sat a marching drum that Santa had left for him. He grew up in a household where artists like The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Neil Diamond played on the family stereo, twenty-four seven.
Voyce McGinley III, has worked with Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Cirque du Soleil, Deniece Williams, Donovan, Eric Burdon, Kitaro, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Stevie Wonder, and the Walt Disney Company. Between touring, he teaches at the Burbank Music Academy, Glendale Community College, Grace Brethren High School, Laurel Hall, the Masters Academy, and Moorpark High School. Also, each January, Voyce hosts the Rose Bowl Parade Band Festival in Pasadena, California as a Remo Drum Circle Facilitator.
Producer - Barry Keenan
Barry Keenan has a lifetime career as a singer/songwriter. He started recording professionally at the age of 13. By the time he turned age 19, he already had his first major publishing deal in New York and has been a published writer by such notable companies as Warner/Chappell, Universal, All Nations Music, Criterion Music and Peer/Southern Music.
As a recording engineer, Keenan has owned and operated two commercial recording studios in the Los Angeles area. He has worked on the recorded music of such notable recording artists as Beck, Warren Zevon, Sting, Devo, Pantera, No Doubt, The Goo Goo Dolls and The Cranberries to name only a few.
As a producer, he received his first major break when Miles Copeland (The Police, IRS Records) asked him to produce Adam Ant.
He is the recipient of The Arts For Humanities Award issued by The New World Festival. He was honored by SESAC in Nashville for his songs in the #1 box office hit motion picture, Kickboxer starring Jean Claude Van Damne which featured his song, “Fight For Love”.
As a recording artist he has recorded for A&M Records and he has received commercial radio play coast to coast from major FM stations KROQ and KLOS in Los Angeles to WCOZ in Boston. His band, Invisible Poet Kings was certified gold on Sirius Satellite’s Starlight Channel. After spending a year on the Songs Of the Times Music Chart hosted by Neil Young on Neil Young’s “Living With War Today” website, Keenan reached the #1 position with his anti-war song entitled, “Our Comfortable Lives” and remained at the #1 position for an astonishing 62 weeks. The song got Keenan his own chapter in the book, La Chanson en Classe d’ Anglais. Other notable songwriters in the book are Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, John Lennon, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, Freddie Mercury & Ray Davis.
Keenan’s duo, Not A Bus received a review of “Perfect” from Stanford radio station KZSU receiving 8 stars out of a possible 4 star rating for their song, “Google Is My Brain”.
Keenan and his band, Invisible Poet Kings are currently tracking with Producer/Engineer, Matt Forger (Michael Jackson). Their first released song, Under The Sun, reached the #2 position on Jango/Radio Airplay international radio.
Producer - Matt Forger
Educated at Syracuse University and SUNY College at Buffalo, Matt Forger began his involvement in the music business by mixing live sound for rock bands in the Northeast.
Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Matt secured a staff position at Westlake Studios, where he met and worked with producers Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Harold Faltermeyer and George Duke. Later he teamed up with producer Quincy Jones, songwriter/arranger Rod Temperton and engineer Bruce Swedien, working on albums by Lena Horne, Donna Summer, James Ingram and Michael Jackson’s THRILLER. Matt also worked on THE E.T. STORYBOOK ALBUM with Quincy and Steven Spielberg, and THE THRILLER VIDEO with John Landis.
Matt recorded and mixed the CAPTAIN EO attraction for Disney, produced by George Lucas and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. He continued his association with Michael on the albums BAD, DANGEROUS, HISTORY and BLOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR, as well as the short film GHOSTS directed by Stan Winston. He has collaborated with Sony Music on the Special Edition re-releases, THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION boxed set and BAD 25 the 25th anniversary special edition release. Matt is also featured in the Spike Lee film BAD 25, which documents the making of the BAD album, the accompanying music videos and the BAD world tour.
His production contributions reach across the globe for artists like Japanese pop superstar Yumi (Yuming) Matsutoya. In 1984 he was first asked to bring a new sound and production techniques to her recordings. He worked on 15 albums as recording engineer, mixer and co-producer, 14 of which entered the Billboard chart at #1.
Matt Forger’s current involvement with up and coming talent and independent artists has helped bring production expertise to a number of singer/songwriters and alternative bands, including songwriters Larry John McNally, Fjaere, Invisible Poet Kings and Greenland artist Simon Lynge. To read Matt's full bio click on the following link: Matt Forger Bio
Barry Keenan one of artists chosen by American Songwriter Magazine to pay tribute to Bob Dylan on Dylan's 80th birthday
Barry Keenan's single release, "You're Not The Only Lonely One." picked as one of the top eleven songs for 2020 by the editor of
American Songwriter Magazine
Barry Keenan's single release, "You're Not The Only Lonely One," picked as the Number One Song for New Year's Day, 1/01/20201 by
American Songwriter Magazine
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Invisible Poet Kings guitarist, Ed Krzyzaniak from Midland Daily News