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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Record Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Aspen, Colorado, Kenya
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/18/1960
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Record Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Aspen, Colorado, Kenya
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/18/1960
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Music producer and executive Steve McKeever was born in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from St. Ignatius High School, McKeever attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated in 1982. From there, McKeever attended Harvard Law School where he earned his J.D degree in 1985.

After completing his studies, McKeever was hired by the law firm of Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles as an entertainment lawyer. While at Irell & Manella, McKeever helped launch the career of comedian Robin Harris by landing him a role in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. In 1991, McKeever became the senior vice president of artists and repertoire of Motown Records; while there he helped to expand the label's lineup and manage its already burgeoning list of stars. In 1992, McKeever created MoJAZZ Records, a subsidiary of Motown, where he continued to help launch the careers of rising stars. In 1993, McKeever was instrumental in the sale of Motown Records to PolyGram Records; he eventually left Motown to work on his own projects, and in 1998 founded Hidden Beach Recordings (HBR).

Hidden Beach Recordings went on to become a leader in the music industry, representing acts such as R&B performer Jill Scott, saxophonist Mike Phillips, singer Darius Rucker and others. McKeever also introduced a variety of progressive initiatives under the Hidden Beach name, including the College Internship Program, an international effort that provides college students with hands-on music business experience. This program boasts nearly 400 members and has become a model for the entertainment industry.

McKeever served on the boards of directors of several organizations, including the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences; the Northern Trust DreamMakers Forum; and City of Hope, a Los Angeles-based cancer research foundation.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Steve McKeever talks about his maternal family ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Steve McKeever describes his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Steve McKeever tells stories about members of his extended maternal family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Steve McKeever describes his maternal family's migration to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Steve McKeever talks about his mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Steve McKeever talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Steve McKeever tell stories about his father's experience at Wendell Philips High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Steve McKeever describes his family's relationship to Chicago painter Allen J. Beasley
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Steve McKeever describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Steve McKeever talks about his mother's teaching career in Chicago Public Schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Steve McKeever describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood in Chicago, Illinois' Hyde Park neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Steve McKeever remembers the 1972 U.S. presidential election
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Steve McKeever describes growing up in Chicago, Illinois' Hyde Park neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Steve McKeever explains a photograph of him playing a piano on Christmas morning
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Steve McKeever talks about his favorite records from childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Steve McKeever remembers learning to play the piano
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Steve McKeever talks about his grade school years at Bret Harte Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Steve McKeever talks about his experience at St. Ignatius High School in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Steve McKeever talks about his experience at St. Ignatius High School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Steve McKeever describes his extracurricular activities at St. Ignatius High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Steve McKeever describes his academic performance and aspirations in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Steve McKeever remembers his early interest in entrepreneurship
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Steve McKeever explains making the decision to become an entertainment attorney
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Steve McKeever remembers the P.S. Recording Studio in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Steve McKeever talks about the African American community's contributions to the entertainment business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Steve McKeever talks about figures in the Chicago music industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Steve McKeever talks about giving legal advice to Chicago musicians as an undergraduate student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Steve McKeever describes organizing concerts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Steve McKeever talks about being accepted into Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Steve McKeever talks about becoming vice president of programming for the Harvard Law School Forum
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Steve McKeever talks about convincing Stevie Wonder to speak at the Harvard Law School Forum
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Steve McKeever talks about his relationship with Stevie Wonder
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Steve McKeever lists influential figures he met as vice president of programming for the Harvard Law School Forum
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Steve McKeever talks about relocating to California and producing comedian Robin Harris' 'Be-Be's Kids' album, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Steve McKeever talks about relocating to California and producing comedian Robin Harris' 'Be-Be's Kids' album, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Steve McKeever describes joining Motown and founding the Mo Jazz record label
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Steve McKeever describes having his internship program idea rejected at Motown
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Steve McKeever talks about the beginning of Hidden Beach Recordings, his independent record label
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Steve McKeever recalls obstacles at the founding of Hidden Beach Recordings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Steve McKeever talks about meeting and signing Jill Scott
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Steve McKeever lists music artists at Hidden Beach Recordings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Steve McKeever describes how he measures a record's potential for success
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Steve McKeever talks about his interest in alternative music and the reception of reggae in the United States
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Steve McKeever talks about the competitive nature of the music business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Steve McKeever describes the Hidden Beach philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Steve McKeever talks about the importance of finding the right audience for an alternative artist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Steve McKeever considers the mistakes he made as an entrepreneur and what he would do differently
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Steve McKeever talks about his desire to expand into other forms of entertainment
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Steve McKeever describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Steve McKeever explains the Hidden Beach Recordings internship program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Steve McKeever reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Steve McKeever talks about what his family's response to success of Hidden Beach Recordings
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Steve McKeever talks about his sister
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Steve McKeever talks about his son, Brent McKeever
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Steve McKeever describes how he would like to be remembered