Keonté Beals, Music Nova Scotia's Inspirational recording of the Year award winner 2016 was born and raised in North Preston Nova Scotia. He started singing at the age of 7. Since finding a passion in singing, at age 16 Keonte had his first solo in his home church Saint Thomas Baptist Church in North Preston. This particular solo opened up many opportunities to sing at other churches and church events all around Halifax that generated great buzz about the young singer.
Keonte’s career began June 14th 2014 after releasing a cover version of the song “I’m here” from the popular movie soundtrack of “The Color Purple.” This cover spread quickly, generating even more buzz about the singer who was now 17 and scored him his first two award nominations/wins. The cover song grabbed the attention of Prismatic Arts Festival direct Shahin Sayadi who gave Keonte a platform to showcase on the main stage at the festival, thus opening up even greater opportunities.
May. 30th 2016 Keonte released his debut single #ManDown which went on to create great media attention for its passionate lyrical value and has gained him 3 Music Nova Scotia Award Nominations (SOCAN songwriter of the Year Award, African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year and Inspirational Recording of the Year Award). Keonte has won ANSMA Emerging artist of the Year award, ANSMA Rising star of the Year award, ESSO Festival Fan Choice award, CHAMA Partnership of Hope award and he was awarded a Rising Star award from the Honorable Keith Colwell.