Born in Vancouver, Canada, Tom Keene studied piano for ten years with the Toronto Conservatory of Music; his teacher was the legendary Rowlie Hill. After immigrating to the United States, he continued his studies with a Julliard graduate in Yakima, Washington. At Biola University, Keene studied composition and orchestration with Raynor Brown, whose works were performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
In his early 20s, Tom Keene was already receiving calls from Hollywood studios, where record producers had taken note of his guitar proficiency; ironically, they were not at first aware of his exceptional keyboard skills. Soon, however, he was in demand for guitar, piano and synthesizer performance, and in the years that followed, Tom Keene played on television shows, commercials, film soundtracks as well accompanying such recording artists as Glen Campbell, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Dory Previn, Vicky Carr and Barry White. Tom has also been flown to London England, dozens of times to orchestrate and conduct, The London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Despite his success in the entertainment world, Tom Keene always believed that his first calling was to Gospel music. Tom performed in hundreds of live Gospel concerts, and besides his performance work, he also began to arrange, conduct and produce Christian recordings.
Of the many successful Maranatha Praise albums Tom Keene has worked on, his solo album "Classical Praise Piano" continues to be one of the best selling and most beloved. It has inspired Tom to continue as a solo artist himself.
During the 1970's and 1980's Tom Keene became so busy as a studio musician in Los Angeles, he was playing keyboards and guitar on 500 to 600 recording sessions a year. This ultimately resulted in him playing on thousands of recording projects. Today Tom continues to work in various capacities in addition to producing records out of his home studio.The long list of Tom Keene's credits includes work with Ralph Carmichael, Jimmy Owens, Michael O'Martian, Peter Matz (Barbara Streisand's arranger), Andrae Crouch, The Winans, The African Children's Choir (one of his ACC albums was nominated for a Grammy), Pat Boone, Doris Akers, Dino, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Imperials, The McCraries, The Second Chapter of Acts, Phil Keaggy Matthew Ward, Dennis Agajanian, Maranatha Music and Dolye Dykes.