Speakers is the genre-warping product of many years of musical adventuring on the part of Keon and Blair (both 21-years-old). As a big-time Beatles/Prince fan growing up in small-town Georgia, Keon began writing songs for his church choir as a boy—then completely threw himself into music after the murder of a beloved aunt who'd long supported his music dreams. Four years later, at age 17, Keon moved to New Orleans to pursue his singing/rapping/songwriting career and eventually got wind of a young, intensely talented producer named Blair Taylor.
In high demand, Blair (who'd attended the Grammy Foundation's Grammy Camp on full scholarship after his family lost their home in Hurricane Katrina) waited a year before returning Keon's many text messages and voicemails. But once the two got together, their chemistry was undeniable. The duo decided to dub their project "speakers" because, as Blair notes, "you need two, a left and a right. We are not one without the other."