To call Keith Tutt II a cello virtuoso is an understatement. Born and raised in southern California, Keith began playing at age three. After studying the Suzuki method of playing by ear first and then incorporating notes, by the age of seven he was studying with world renowned National Cello Institute founder Richard Mooney. He has since expanded his list of instruments to include the bass, piano, guitar, sax, and drums. His motto is “show me a scale, I’ll play you a song.”
The recording credits for Tutt include a variety of artists and many impressive projects.
In 2006 he started recording with Switchfoot, and has appeared on every release of the band since, including the Grammy award winning title “Hello Hurricane” on which he was the only non-band member to appear. He toured the US and Europe with Jon Foreman as his right hand man, and was instrumental in the success of his solo project. He was handpicked by the late LeRoi Moore of the Dave Mathews Band to be a part of the production and release of “Luminous” by Samantha Farrell. On this project he played Guitar, Piano, and Cello. He recorded with Australian star Brooke Fraser as well as You Tube sensation Kina Grannis who has sold out shows world wide. From New York (Highline Ballroom) and Los Angeles (El Ray) to London (Union Chapel) and Japan (Billboard live) where Tutt sings background vocals and plays Cello at the same time. Tutt's cello was also a gateway onto the silver screen. He has appeared in commercials and on television shows like Chuck, Hart of Dixie to name a few. His diverse musical background has allowed him to accompany a wide range of artists on stage, including rock legends such as, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Alice In Chains, Extreme, Tim Robbins, Cypress Hill and Kenny Lattimore. He has played internationally and has donated his time and talent for multiple charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, The Life Rolls On Foundation and Care House. He is currently working on "The Crescendo Project". Crescendo's goal is to be the vehicle that allows everyone access to the gift of learning music.
Tutt’s mission is to lift people beyond the things of this world: “I’ve always known that music was just the start of what I was supposed to do because of how it connects with people. It blurs the lines that divide people and I’ve always been determined to use music to lift people up.” With one listen, there can be no doubt that he’s fulfilling his mission.