Local recording artist and former Zumix Artist Ambassador Will Dailey hosted a series of online concerts as part of his “Isolation Tour” to support local music venues and programs.
Last Wednesday Dailey hosted the last leg of his tour to benefit Zumix and the local music program’s programs. The two hour concert was broadcast live on Facebook and included a whole host of songs from Dailey’s catalog.
“A fundamental truth has been reinforced in the midst of our collective emergency: what we need most as a species is food, shelter, love and art,” said Dailey. “Art is the oil that makes the whole machine run as one.”
Zumix’s former Board President, Steve Snyder, who recently stepped down to focus his efforts on the COVID-19 crisis as Vice President of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center said what Dailey did for the live music scene in Boston and for Zumix was incredible.
“His “Isolation” tour helped raise funds for a lot of staff who are out of work right now and also helped ZUMIX, as we struggle to get through this crisis,” said Snyder. “Equally important, through his actions and his beautiful music he raised the spirits of so many here in Boston who love seeing bands in small live music venues. Over the years Will has been a great supporter of Zumix. I encourage anyone who has not listened or seen Will live to check him out – for now on-line, but eventually back on stage where he belongs.”
Dailey served as Zumix’s Artist Ambassador of the year in 2013 and is an independent, Boston-based recording and performing artist.
He is notable as being a seven-time winner in the Boston Music Award: Best Male Singer-Songwriter in 2006, again on December 2, 2009 and December 2, 2012 and Album of the Year and Artist of the Year December 14, 2014 and Male Vocalist in 2015 and 2016.
He has released albums with Universal, CBS Records, Wheelkick Records and JS Music Group. Dailey has released six full-length albums since 2004. His latest full-length record, Golden Walker came out on Wheelkick Records on June 1, 2018 and was called “a new peak.” by the Boston Herald and he has been featured on over 50 television programs and films.
Dailey has appeared on stage with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp at two of their philanthropic Farm Aid concerts, and recently completed work on a Stephen King/John Mellencamp project produced by T Bone Burnett.
As Zumix’s Artist Ambassador in 2013 Dailey gave back and collaborated with Zumix to enhance the program’s music, arts, and youth development. Over the course of the year, Dailey and Zumix worked together in several capacities, including co-hosting a fundraiser to benefit the organization.