Keith Gordon Green (October 21, 1953 – July 28, 1982) was an American contemporary Christian music pianist, singer and songwriter originally from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York.
Beyond his music, Green is best known for his strong devotion to Christian evangelism and challenging others to the same. Often considered controversial for his frequently confrontational lyrics and spoken messages, he wrote some notable songs alone and with his wife, Melody Green, including “Your Love Broke Through”, “You Put This Love in My Heart”, and “Asleep in the Light”. Green is also known for numerous popular modern hymns, including “O Lord, You’re Beautiful” and “There Is a Redeemer”, written by his wife, Melody.
Green was signed to Contemporary Christian music label Sparrow Records in 1976 and worked on the album Firewind (1976) with Christian artists 2nd Chapter of Acts, Terry and John Michael Talbot, and Barry McGuire. Prior to Keith’s signing with Sparrow Records, and two years before the release of No Compromise, Tommy James, of Tommy James and the Shondells, released “Don’t Wanna Fall Away from You” on his 1976 Fantasy album titled “In Touch”.
His first solo project, For Him Who Has Ears to Hear, was released in 1977 and his second solo release, No Compromise, followed in 1978. In 1979, after negotiating a release from his contract with Sparrow, Green initiated a new policy of refusing to charge money for concerts or albums. Keith and Melody mortgaged their home to privately finance Green’s next album, So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt. The album, which featured a guest appearance by Bob Dylan, was offered through mail-order and at concerts for a price determined by the purchaser.
By May 1982, Green had shipped out more than 200,000 units of his album – 61,000 for free. Subsequent albums included The Keith Green Collection (1981) and Songs for the Shepherd (1982).
The Prodigal Son
Pretty Good Records 1983
I Only Want To See You There
Sparrow Records 1983
Songs For The Shepherd
Pretty Good Records 1982
The Keith Green Collection
Sparrow Records 1981
Tracks: Rushing Wind, You Put This Love In My Heart, Grace By Which I Stand, You, Your Love Broke Through, He´ll Take Care Of The Rest, Lies, The Sheep And The Goats, Asleep In The Light, Soften Your Heart, How Can They Live Without Jesus? & Scripture Song Medley: This Is The Day/This Is My Commandment/Rejoice In The Lord Always/Clap Your Hands/Spring Up O Well.
Musicians on the Keith Green Collection album: Keith Green and others.
So You Wanna Go Back To Egypt…
Pretty Good Records 1980
Sparrow Records 1978
For Him Who Has Ears To Hear
Sparrow Records 1977