Exclaim! Magazine has published complimentary reviews of my work over the years, but it is validating to know that one of my first ever recorded songs has been named one of "Canada's Essential Reggae Tracks". "Keep On Keepin' On" embodies what it takes to persevere as an artist, and is an attestation to the concept of "less is more". I draw on many years of studying music from an orchestral perspective, and I take pride in the sometimes elaborate polyphony of my arrangements. Two and three part horn sections adorn most of my songs, but this track is sparse and I only employed three other musicians, to play drums and guitars. The simple melody repeats: "You've got to deal with Love", which is straight to the point, and the theme of all of my work. This song was the first cut on my "demo tape" back in 1995, which was picked up by Kingston Muzik in 1996, and kicked off my Juno-nominated debut album What If I Told You, released in 1998. My humble gratitude to Exclaim! Magazine for your continued support. Respect due to all my mentors over the years, too many to mention, but my eternal Love lives on for Raffa Dean and Jah D with thanks for lifting up this track with your skilled musicianship. Now I must return to the studio to continue the work in these turbulent times. Keep On Keepin' On my people ~ Andru
Drums: Tony “Raffa Dean” White
Lead guitar: Ras Kawintseb Sellassie
Rhythm guitar: Derrick “Jah D” Lambert
Vocals, keyboards and percussion: Andru Branch
Recorded at Number 9 Sound, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Engineered by Jim Zolis and Terrance Lee.
Mixed by Paul Hussey and Otto Lee Wilson at Kingston Muzik Studio, Jamaica.
Mastered by Noah Mintz.
Produced by Andru Branch.