Keith Gordon Green (1953-1982) was a popular gospel singer in the 1970s. He was also one of the most engaging and passionate Christians that you would ever want to meet. Converted during the waning days of the “The Jesus Movement” Keith could draw crowds and influence young people like very few musicians in his time. His marriage to Melody was remarkable and inspiring. Some of Keith’s songs, a few co-written with Melody, include "Your Love Broke Through," "You Put This Love In My Heart," and "Asleep In The Light." He also wrote and sung the hugely popular praise and worship songs: "O Lord, You're Beautiful" and "There Is A Redeemer." These are still sung in thousands of churches all over the world.
I followed Keith Green during his lifetime. I was often inspired to serve the Lord by his strong example. At that time I knew little about his theology and practice, simply that he had a strong word from God about mission and evangelism and I respected this profoundly. For this reason I recently decided to listen to some of Keith's music again. I purchased “Keith Green: The Ultimate Collection.” In includes twenty of his best songs and a DVD of his story that has quite a bit of input from his widow Melody and Keith's two closest friends. Also included, very briefly, is a word from his two remaining children, now adult women.
At the age of three Keith began to play the ukulele. He too to the guitar at age five and the piano at seven. (His greatest breakthrough musically, after he became a Christian, came when he played the piano and sang his own music!) The Los Angeles Times picked up his story and he became a bit of a childhood sensation by eight. At age eleven, in February 1965, with forty original songs already under his belt, Green signed a five-year contract with Decca Records (with his father, Harvey Green