Sturbridge’s Help Wanted Band: Country Music from New England
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Mychael David's Help Wanted Band is a local project, but one that is achieving nationwide recognition. The dream of any country artist is to record and perform in Nashville, and that is exactly what David has done and will continue to do.
David's very first release last year, Nothin', spent 34 weeks on national radio and reached #1 on the Independent World Charts. Right now he has another song out to radio called "Smoke and Ash." He and his producer Lance Dary of Guitartown Productions in Nashville are now in the process working on new songs for his next project.
When performing together, the Help Wanted Band consists of Dave "Skippy" Nelson on lead guitar, Scott "Scooter" Mackay on drums, Glen "Stegasaurus" Stegner on keys, and Jim "Snookers" Provencher on bass.
Hockey and Country
David himself was born in Northboro, and grew up with an interesting dual interest: music and hockey. An injury sidelined him from hockey, forcing him to focus more on a music career. He explains the reasons for his love of the craft.
"Music is and has always been a way to communicate with people. It is a way to make people forget the everyday stresses in life even if just for a few minutes of a song or a whole show," he says.
"I like to make people smile, laugh and even sometimes a song can touch someone so deep that they cry."
Country from New England
His genre of choice is ideal to accomplish these goals. But may seem a little out of place. While hockey has become an important part of New England's culture and has produced a number of stars in the sport, the region isn't exactly known for a large crop of country artists, but David has become determined to break this mold.
"I would say I am a cross between a country artist and a southern rock artist, a little blues like and a little rough around the edges. Pure from the heart music," remarks the musician.
His voice is made for country, naturally deep with a surprisingly southern twang. His guitar rhythms are both groovy and catchy. It makes you want to dance, or at least move a little, and you'll certainly begin to want to sing along.
It will surely be fulfilling for your soul, and it's just as, if not more so, fulfilling for his.
"My music has taken me to exciting places and it has allowed me to meet some pretty incredible people. I have grown as a person, a father and a husband because of my music. I feel it has made me a better person and has allowed me to help people," he says.
Helping people is clearly a concern and a passion for Mychael David, as his remarks on what his biggest dream is shows.
"My all time wish would be to do a huge sold out concert and donate all the proceeds to my favorite charity," he says.
For him it's truly all about the music and the joy, happiness, and goodness it brings.
Of course, with this mindset, monetary success may still come along soon. But that is ultimately incidental.
"I will go as far as my music will take me," he concludes.
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