A sold out show is not something new to Mycle Wastman. Even before he was on The Voice, he commanded stages around the Northwest, especially his favorite venue, The Triple Door. However, last week he and founder of The Melodic Caring Project (MCP), Levi Ware, sold out the venue, including all “standing room only” tickets, a first for Wastman.
The show marked a triumphant return to the stage by Levi Ware. Lately, he has given so much of his time to MCP, a non-profit which streams live personalized concerts to kids and teens with life-threatening illness, that playing a full set on stage hasn’t happened in quite a while. What made this performance even more notable was the very special family who was tuning in to the show. Their daughter Kylie (one of MCP’s frequent “Rockstars”), who would watch live streams from her home in Georgia, recently lost her battle with cancer. Ware sported a temporary tattoo of her name on his arm for the event, and audience members waved signs that read “Smiley For Kylie,” a movement started by Kylie’s family. It was an emotional break in the show when Ware looked directly into the camera and gave a special “Smile” into the lens. His set ended with a sing-a-long of what has become the MCP theme song, a Ware original, “Hey Hey.”
Wastman has been pretty busy since his appearance on The Voice in 2012. He has played numerous shows around the Northwest, and has been involved with MCP since 2013, continuing to show his support when and where he can. This could not have been more evident than when two of the MCP “Rockstars,” Faith & Cassidy (who are currently able to attend shows because their illnesses don’t restrict them from attending) took the stage to not only introduce the musicians, but to speak on his behalf. They told stories of his commitment to the organization, that even went as far as writing personal messages to kids as they went through rough times due to their illnesses. Not only did they comment on how listening to his music was therapeutic, but knowing that he cared enough to reach out, nearly brought them to tears. He and his band, including backup singer, Tiffany Wilson, gave a stunning performance. Their collaborative vocals and harmonies are one of a kind. Midway through the set, he brought the girls on stage and had them sit on the stage as he played a new song, “Never Lose Faith In Us.” It was simply breathtaking.
Wastman is currently producing two new albums, one acoustic, and one he says will be “slammin” and have a “disco” dance type vibe. He played a few of the new “disco” tunes, which roused the audience to break out their dance moves. His previous CDs, (The Beautiful Stay, I’m All Over It) are full of heart and soul, which he says will continue to be represented in the new material. “Never Lose Faith” will be on the acoustic release. Fans, old and new, should be ready for some great new additions to their music library. He hopes to release them back-to-back late this summer.
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