STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
When Cee Lo Green proclaims you “the total package” on national TV, expectations are high.
If you’re wondering what ever happened to Mycle Wastman, the one who wowed Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton with his rendition of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” during season 3 of “The Voice,” you can find out Sunday night at Sellersville Theater.
Wastman’s area appearance will feature songs from the indie albums the West Seattle native made in 2008 and 2011 before appearing on “The Voice,” a song he sang on the show, and new music from a “high energy, happy, sensual” album-in-progress of sounds channeling 1979-1982 R&B. The acoustic performance will also feature accompanying vocalist Tiffany Wilson and Wastman playing a bass drum that he fashioned out of an old Samsonite suitcase, he said.
The 43-year-old singer/songwriter’s latest musical coups is having one of his songs, “Sugar,” on a “So Soulful” compilation that’s No. 1 on Amazon UK’s R&B chart.
Wastman is also an Army veteran of Desert Storm, who channeled some of his experiences from the Middle East into the song, “40 Days and Nights in Babylon,” that he contributed to the soundtrack of a documentary about the Afghan war called “The Hornets Nest.”
The song is likely to be re-released on an acoustic album of his songs, Wastman said.
After returning from Desert Storm, Wastman spent seven years working construction jobs that included such high profile projects as Safeco Field before taking a chance on music full-time. “My family, they’re all in (construction trades). I decided that wasn’t for me,” he said, adding that he had been studying engineering at that time.
Ten years ago, he came up with the unusual stage name spelling of “Mycle” to set himself apart from the other famous Michaels of the world. Over the past five years, Wastman got some songwriting and publishing opportunities that sent him to Nashville. His stays in the South occasionally give his soulful singing some country twang. “When you write with someone like that, it tends to rub off on you,” he said of Michael Dulaney, whose songwriting portfolio includes Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, and yes, “The Voice”‘s Blake Shelton.
In 2012 Wastman lasted deep into the season on “The Voice” as part of Team Cee Lo. Among the observations he shared about being part of the show’s success: the network’s “squeaky clean” code of conduct, interview questions so cleverly written that the contestants give natural-sounding responses that also satisfy the producers, and a deceptive impression the show gives that the singers are “buddy-buddy” with their coaches (According to Wastman, the segments featuring the singers with their respective team coaches are completed in about 15 minutes). Wastman says he’s friends on Facebook with several of the singers from that season.
Connect at www.myclewastman.com, www.facebook.com/myclewastmanmusic and on Twitter @mycle_wastman.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Mycle Wastman in concert with opener Jennifer & Danielle.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. June 14.
WHERE: Sellersville Theater 1894, Main Street and Temple Avenue, Sellersville.
TICKETS: $19.50, $29.50 ($10 discount for theater members).
INFO: Call (215) 257-5808 or visit www.st94.com.