A litte bit about Arrianne
Arrianne Keelen has always been a star to her family, friends and church members but now the rest of the world is quickly discovering her light. Sure, she's a working mother and devoted wife but she's also a powerhouse vocalist, anointed worship leader, brilliant songwriter and an inspiration. She held on to her faith, her gift and her tenacity to become the winner of the Apollo Making a Star Competition at the 2016 Essence Music Festival.
Arrianne is not an overnight success. She is the only daughter of New Orleans pastors who sang her first solo at age 3, directed the church choir and dance ministries at age 13 and hosted a gospel video music show at 18. The multi-talented artist was originally featured as an amateur night contestant on the nationally televised, "It's Showtime at the Apollo" in Harlem, where she received a standing ovation and gave a riveting encore performance. "That Girl Can Sang!" shouted Steve Harvey to the audience after hearing her voice. Since then, she has appeared on BET as a finalist in the Gospel Dream Competition, became a finalist in the New Orleans Idol talent competition and won the Grand Prize in the Dream New Orleans Talent Search.
Her 2016 Apollo Making a Star win at the Essence Festival led her to
again grace the Harlem stage with two soul stirring performances. Her
Apollo journey was documented in a four-part miniseries and her voice
can be heard scatting in the miniseries theme song, "Welcome to Apollo".
Since her original debut, Arrianne has been featured on many multiple
stages in various capacities. She has performed at the New Orleans
Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bayou Boogaloo, Gentilly Fest, Full Gospel
Baptist Conference, Natural Hair & Health Expo, NAACP Annual
Convention, National Black MBA Conference, Spain Gospel Tours and
many more! She has been the opening act for many dignitaries and
performers including Susan Taylor, Les Brown, Carl Thomas, Debbie
Winans, and Helen Baylor. She was a member of the gospel group
SOUL and provided background vocals for Don Moen, BLESSED, Lisa
McClendon, Cynthia Liggins-Thomas, Ted & Sherri, Karen Clark-Sheard
and Vanessa Bell Armstrong, among others. Her album credits include
vocal appearances on Lisa McClendon’s "Live at the House of Blues"
album (Integrity), "Miracles Do Happen" by Stephanie Dotson (SONHO),
Praise Life Beyond (EMI), and "Praisin In New Orleans" by Betty Winn &
Keelen wrote and recorded her debut single, "Here With You"
independently with producer Maurice "Moe" Henderson who is known
for work with DC Talk and Lisa McClendon. Her latest single, Out of
the Box is scheduled for release in the Spring of 2019. Arrianne is also
no stranger to acting. She demonstrated her skills in the popular Triune
Productions stage plays, Sistaz and When A Man Loves A Woman.
"That girl can sang!"
- Steve Harvey