The Greatest Song: Spark Creativity, Ignite Your Career, and Transform Your Life
In this uplifting and compelling talk, Kevin Griffin shares the lessons from his new business parable The Greatest Song: Spark Creativity, Ignite Your Career, and Transform Your Life. From the value of fostering your creativity, to the importance of staying keyed into the latest developments in your industry, to the art of collaboration, Griffin’s book and his in-demand keynotes offer strategic takeaways for audiences across industries. An engaging and interactive keynote, Griffin personalizes the experience by co-writing a song with the audience – recording their vocals and delivering a fully-produced recording to all attendees.
Music and Conversation with Kevin Griffin
In this fun, memorable and interactive event, Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin performs some of his hit songs and shares lessons from three decades evolving in the music industry. From working with stars including Taylor Swift, Blondie, Barenaked Ladies, and James Blunt among others, to navigating the ups and downs of a wildly successful music career, to his new book The Greatest Song, Kevin’s uplifting and engaging style will resonate with any audience. At the end of the speech, Griffin writes a song with the audience, records the audience’s “hype” vocals, and delivers a fully produced recording to all attendees.
Kevin Griffin’s unique and interactive events bring his lessons of creativity and collaboration to life
Hit songwriter, frontman for Better Than Ezra, and bestselling business author KEVIN GRIFFIN offers a completely unique interactive experience at his events, bringing his lessons of creativity and collaboration to life. An in-demand and entertaining keynote speaker, Griffin has spoken for groups including Nike, Novation, WhichWich, Google, and Young Presidents’ Organization on topics of investing in your potential, sparking creativity, and leadership. With every keynote and moderated conversation, the bestselling author of The Greatest Song incorporates music – playing hit songs performed by artists such as Taylor Swift, Sugarland, and Better Than Ezra, and he even writes a song with the audience.
At the conclusion of his engaging talks, Griffin personalizes the event by co-writing an original song with the audience – recording their vocals and delivering a fully-produced recording to all attendees as a one-of-a-kind memento of the experience.
Kevin Griffin has written a new business parable ‘The Greatest Song’, and shares the importance of evolving in Forbes and sought-after speaking events
Better Than Ezra frontman KEVIN GRIFFIN released his debut book, The Greatest Song: Spark Creativity, Ignite Your Career, and Transform Your Life, which has been called a “new business parable” by Forbes. Over his nearly 30 years as the frontman of Better Than Ezra, Kevin experienced highs and lows – and has been continually diversifying and evolving in an effort thrive in a volatile industry. The Greatest Song includes the lessons he’s learned, which he shares in riveting and entertaining speeches for companies including Nike, Disney, Google, Young Presidents’ Organization, and more.
Griffin breaks down his “method” into a series of 5 daily steps which are applicable to any endeavor and have served him well in his work as a singer, songwriter, and producer. Of his strategies, the philanthropist says: “They’ve worked for me and I’ve seen them work for others. I’ve seen them work in people that I admire. I think that anybody can take something from the book.” His sought-after events are also performances – his genre-defying book uses songwriting to illustrate each of his 5 steps and culminates in the performance of the song. Griffin’s unique approach to leadership and creativity has really resonated with the business world, as he empowers the audience to embrace creativity and continuous growth in life and work.
Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin has produced, written, and co-written albums and songs that have sold in excess of 30 million copies.
He's always been connected to his fans, who have loyally supported his robust touring schedule, and most recently helped him raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in Covid relief with his “Alone Together” living room concerts streamed via Facebook Live. Concurrently, the Better Than Ezra foundation has raised more than $2 million for charities, many of which are devoted to children and the arts around New Orleans.
Griffin has produced and written songs performed and recorded by artists such as Taylor Swift, Train, Sugarland, Barenaked Ladies, Christina Perri and James Blunt among others. He scored a #1 hit in 2005 with Howie Day's "Collide." In 2010, Griffin had Sugarland's #1 Country hit, "Stuck Like Glue" which became the 11th most downloaded country music song of all time. Recently, Kevin teamed up with fellow songwriter Sam Hollander to form Band of Merrymakers, a rotating-cast Yuletide super group featuring today’s biggest artists such as Fitz and the Tantrums, Natasha Bedingfield, and Neon Trees. In 2015 the group released their Sony debut album “Welcome to Our Christmas Party” with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the Grammy’s MusiCares Foundation®. Christmas 2015 saw them performing on the Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center for the tree lighting ceremony.
Griffin made his professional debut in 1995 as the singer and songwriter for New Orleans based band Better Than Ezra. Their debut record, Deluxe, went double-platinum fueled in part by the success of the #1 Modern Rock track “Good.” The band's follow up record, Friction Baby, went Gold and contained two Top 10 Modern Rock tracks followed by another Top 10 Hit in 2001 with the single “Extra Ordinary.” In 2005, Better Than Ezra had a Top 10 hit with "Juicy". In 2010, their song, “Breathless,” was covered by Taylor Swift at the Hope for Haiti telethon and during her worldwide tour. In 2014 BTE released their eighth studio album All Together Now which secured a Top 30 song with lead single “Crazy Lucky.” Better Than Ezra continue to tour around the world.
In addition to songwriting and performing, Griffin is involved in artist management, publishing, lectures on the subject of keeping a creative edge to groups and companies such as Live Nation, Novation, WhichWich and YPO/WPO, and this fall will be an adjunct professor and writer-in-residence at NYU’s Clive Davis School of Music. He is a founder and partner along with Justin Timberlake in Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival which is a two-day event located in Franklin, TN. After its inaugural year, Rolling Stone commented that Pilgrimage had “an A-list lineup (arguably the best curated of the year)” and “established itself as a festival to watch.”
Griffin currently lives and works in Franklin, TN.