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Back Flipping Forward at Cushing

"I’m always writing words, but I don’t always know what they’re doing," says musician Will Dailey. But somewhere along the way those constant scribbles, paired with bits of song ideas — many of which he recorded on a cell phone – have joined forces to earn him a contract with CBS Records and the title of 2006 Boston Music Award for Best Male Singer-Songwriter.

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.


Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.