Mike McDevitt is primarily a singer/songwriter who plays guitar, bass, keys and percussion and has been enjoying so for over 35 years. But he doesn't strictly consider himself a performer as much as a songwriter telling real stories about real people. Mike explained in an interview. "I don't come from a musical family," said McDevitt. "I play the songs I love to write and sing."
Mike's songs have been described as "hauntingly beautiful, accessible and reflective of personal moments in every life." His melodies are distinctive, tight and evocative of an age when melody was an important component in all music. As anyone who has ever heard him sing his songs knows, it's his heartfelt performances, the lyrics, and the tunes that carry the moment. And carry the moment they most surely do. Whether it's the gritty but telling sarcasm of "Storyteller" or the unquestionable aloneness, frustration and ultimate realizations of a man in quest of a new day for his life in "Drive," his songs come from a place deep in the human heart with unmistakeable emotion and unforgettable hooks and atmosphere. It's a place where we have all been at some time in our lives and McDevitt sings it as if he personally owns the terrain and knows every nook and cranny. "Hammer & Nail" is both a vivid description of vulnerability and interdependency in relationships and a declaration of hope through love. This touching ballad is woven together with a gorgeous triple-tracked acoustic guitar soundtrack.
McDevitt brings a deep personal understanding and hope to a place where neither is known to exist for very long. Then, there is the unmistakable danceability of "All I Wanna Do" with its can't miss lyrical hook of laying personal feeling right there on the table. "All Good Things" is dedicated to all those millions in America who have suffered outrageously because of corporate selfishness and greed and who find themselves kicked to the curb for no reason and no matter what they may have contributed. "Think Before You Speak" brilliantly captures the outrageous and overwhelming ignorance of a pervasive section of American society dedicated to agenda politics and self absorption over anything factual. As if to counter, there is the underlying hope that resonates even in the most desparate of situations that haunts the listener like the call for social justice and the all-consuming landscape in "Calling All Angels" and "Play On."
Older songs in the growing McDevitt catalog like "How," "Forbidden Trails," "Fantasy," and "Where Are The Appraisers?" create a touching and sometimes all-encompassing atmosphere that leaves the listener deeply affected, personally engaged and wanting more.
Some of the songs leave tears in the eyes of the listener. They are that unforgettable. Mike's songs are sometimes tender, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes in your face but never dull. And they are always real. They grab you, shake you to the core and then live with you. You won't forget them. His stories are about you and me and our struggles and our ability to keep going somehow, to find meaning in each other and in our lives. Mike McDevitt sings about us in celebrating our humanity, our daily struggle to keep going, to be better people and our love for each other.
"Every day brings more opportunity to explore why we need love, why we often hurt those closest to us and toss away the good that's there in life for something that we don't need and can't use," Mike noted.
"I think every one of my song affects each listener differently. I know that I feel that way about different songs. Life provides that – a made-to-order canvas to say and paint what you think musically and lyrically."
Mike McDevitt has produced 4 albums of his music, which are available out there now: I Believe, You Don’t Know It Yet, America at the Movies and recently Storyteller. "They're sort of demo albums focusing on the song with only minimal production," Mike said. "Sometimes, it's just my Martin and me with a little background percussion. I would really enjoy spending some time in a topshelf studio. There's so much that I hear in the music that I would like to capture somehow."
Mike is currently working on song selection in the pre-production phase of his fifth album, tentatively called Delaware Bay.
Mike believes that life provides almost infinite song material. "You need to be a keen observer of and serious participate in life. Because you never know what the tide will bring on any given day," he explained. "There is an indescribable joy in walking into a recording studio or stepping out on the stage, picking up a guitar or sitting at a piano, turning on the microphones and recorder and just creating something where there was nothing before. Out of nothing, I get to sing about and describe people’s fears, longings, feelings and hopes. I get to connect with something that’s bigger than me. Bigger than all of us. It’s like magic."
"I can’t imagine a better way to spend a day," added Mike. "All of the songs are melodic, different, and address personal issues or personal perspectives. They are very real, and memorable."
"I want people to hear my songs and my stories and be affected by them," said Mike.
As Mike concludes, "So...please, give my songs a listen. Take them with you (for a small fee, of course), comment or contact me. I am happy to hear from you...and will respond...Regards and I hope I passed the audition...."