Keith was born in 1953 to Jewish parents. He was raised a Christian Scientist. After a bad ‘drug’ trip which lead him to study theology and philosophy, he finally became a messianic Jewish believer in Christ in 1975 at the age of 22.
His wife Melody became a messianic Jewish believer a week after her husband. The two of them co-authored many songs and hymns we sing today.
Keith musical ability began to appear at the age of three when he picked up the ukulele. He started playing the guitar at five and the piano at seven years of age. Keith started composing music and by the time he was eleven, he became the youngest ever to become a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
He signed with Decca Records while in his teens. Then in 1976, a year after his conversion he signed with Sparrow Records. He continued to write and play music. Along with his wife, Melody they also had a ministry outreach to those who were homeless, single and pregnant, or otherwise just needing help. The ministry was named the ‘Greenhouse.’
Last Days Ministries
Eventually he became so popular that he moved his ministry to Texas, forming what was to become the Last Days Ministries.
Three years after moving to Texas to set up the new ministry, Keith was killed in a Cessna plane crash in 1982, while taking an aerial tour of the property.
His wife Melody has kept up his ministry. She continues to interact with Keith Green fans via the internet. She also keeps up the internet website for those interested in Last Days Ministries.
In 2001, Keith Green was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Many of his fellow musicians also put together a musical tribute to him in 1992, and Sparrow Records released it under the title of No Compromise: Remembering the Music of Keith Green.
Keith and his wife, Melody were prolific musical composers, which Keith would sing at his concerts. Their songs include: ‘Your Love Broke Through,’ and ‘You Put This Love in My Heart.’
Worship is not just music, it’s an attitude of the heart. It’s an attitude that says praise and thanks to God. Music helps your spirit get to that place of praise and thanksgiving. Even with all of the various hardships Keith and his wife Melody had, remember they were still able to write praise worthy music about who God was. So let us try to remember this, when we are in the dumps about something in our lives, or not feeling like God cares about you. You still need to be willing to show/sing your praise to Him, for He does deserve all of the glory. Just listening to worship music in itself can be praiseworthy.