Dailey, who has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, and whose songs you may have heard on CSI: Miami, Gossip Girls, Kid Nation, and MTV's The Hills among others, took time between east coast gigs and an upcoming performance at Sundance Film Festival to perform on stage at Cushing on January 11.
Following a school-wide performance, ensemble music students and others interested in getting up close and personal with the up-and-coming musician had the opportunity to partake in a small group discussion, autograph signing, and learn what it takes to make it big in the industry.
"Everyone can get their hands on a guitar and recording system. And everyone says they know someone," said Dailey. "But it’s so competitive out there. Being a musician is not like being a doctor where you can put in your hard work and expect to get your reward in the end. You can put all the hard work you want into artistic endeavors and still struggle. It takes networking and hanging in there. I had to sell my car to finish paying for my first album. And while I have publicists and agents now, I used to be the guy making my own posters and hanging them up around the city.”
However frank about the realities of a career in music, Dailey encouraged Cushing students to follow their passion and soak up their musical education along the way. “There’s never a point to stop learning music.”
Dailey’s latest album, Back Flipping Forward, is in stores now and available on iTunes. To learn more, visit WillDailey.com.