Singer/songwriter David Hakan has lived through a lot of that change, and continues to sing about it to this day. Along the way, he has skilfully crafted his refinement of the song and songwriting into something he now shares with others… Not just fans of his music, but other musicians as well.
A native of Kansas City, David grew up with music as an integral part of life. His mother played piano, and exposed the family to all sorts of music. “You never knew if you were going to get opera or ‘Lovin’ Spoonful’.” His older brothers were also quite musical, playing guitar and singing covers of Peter, Paul and Mary songs. David fit right in, singing along with his brothers, and eventually on his own.
After years of performing his original songs in coffee houses, at folk festivals and other venues, David would go on to share his passion and experience with other musicians. He formed the Kansas City Songwriters Circle in 1992, and has mentored many successful singer/songwriters in the Kansas City area.
David recently retired from teaching, allowing him to focus all of his time on his music. The latest product of this change in his life is reflected in his new album, Stone and Steel. David is also taking to touring, and plans on forming a band in the near future.
Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with David via Skype. David talks about growing up in a musical family, performing on the “coffee shop circuit,” and the importance of music in our world and the impact it has on society.
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Download the interview here: Interview: David Hakan 7/11/2016
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Since childhood, music has been in Lee Sim’s blood. As early as age five, at the encouragement of his parents, Lee was singing. “As a youngster I would listen to my Mom and Dad’s record collection of Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, and Tennessee Ernie Ford …” Lee said. “When I was eight years old my Dad would take me to local music jam sessions, and I experienced the thrill of performing live. It was an incredibly exhilarating and humbling experience.”
It didn’t take long for Lee to begin his performing career. Lee’s first “real gig” was at a Junior High school talent show, and within a month he founded his own band and was performing professionally. From his home base in Colorado, Lee and his grass-roots accompaniment, The Platte River Band, have performed across the United States and Canada.
Lee’s authoritative voice has also attracted the attention of radio commercial and television show producers. As a result, his voice has been a staple with Colorado radio listeners for decades. Additionally, Lee has performed on a laundry list of demos for songwriters, attracting the attention of producers in Nashville, where he was a finalist on the You Can Be a Star! television show. Lee’s credits also include performing with numerous Country Music stars including Waylon Jennings, Tanya Tucker, Buck Owens, and George Strait.
Lee has earned the distinction of being Nashville’s 3-time Golden Award Winner in 2001, Colorado’s Entertainer of the Year in 2001, and Colorado’s Country Music Hall of Fame Entertainer of the Year in 2003.
Lee’s latest album, Deep In The Heart of Me represents a culmination of Lee’s musical career and influences, with nine original songs, world-class musicians, and Nashville production. It has already rocketed to the top of the music charts, hitting #1 on the New Music Weekly Chart (Blues on Parade) and #7 on the Roots Music Report’s Weekly Top 50 True Country Album Chart.
Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with Lee. He shares his memories of growing up in the performing spotlight under the encouragement of his parents, as well as his experiences performing along with some of country music’s greatest talent. We also get a peek into what Lee has in store for the future, with some news of his upcoming projects slated for release later this year.
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Download the interview here: Interview: Lee Sims 5/25/2016