Kiff has earned his reputation as an electric and captivating performer. He rocked crowds in his hometown of San Francisco (Independent, Slim’s, Café du Nord, Sweetwater), NY (Makor, Bitter End) and LA (Hotel Café, Temple Bar). With “raspy smooth” vocals, evocative songs and a charismatic stage presence, Kiff headlined sold-out shows and supported acts as diverse as Gavin DeGraw, Aqualung and Maktub.
In early 2005, Kiff began work on his second album. The demos alone were strong enough to get featured on Clear Channel's "New" artist buzz pages; land in "best-of" compilations; and pull top session talent (from acts like Macy Gray, Fiona Apple, Seal, and The Matrix) into his project. The self-produced album, titled You Can't Keep It Down, also attracted studio veterans, Mark Needham (The Killers, Fleetwood Mac, Chris Isaak) and Joe Chiccarelli (Elton John, U2, Beck) who split the job of mixing the 11 songs. You Can't Keep It Down was "soft" released (to internet retailers and iTunes) by micro-indie PeaceLabs Records in January 2006.
Kiff’s unique blend of classic song-writing, authentic soul and ripe-for-radio vocals has evolved into something far better than even his buzz-worthy '03 debut predicted. You Can't Keep it Down combines rare artistic gravity with real commercial viability. Early reviews are raving -- calling the new LP a "gem," "extraordinary," and "a minor masterpiece." Nonstop writing, producing and performing has paid off for Kiff with a fresh, engaging sound that truly is, as the SF Chronicle says, "on the verge of the big time."
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