Will Cary, musician
Will Cary grew up in Louisville. He began his musical career in church at the age of 6 and started playing in his first band at 13. One of the band members was Mike Wanchic (John Mellencamps guitar player), who would prove to be very important to Wills career in later years.
Will graduated from Franconia College in New Hampshire with a degree in theatre. He formed a musical comedy group, The Soup Troupe, that toured New England and ended up in New York City. There the group performed at various places, including Catch a Rising Star, where they were showcased for six months.
Wills passion for music is what ultimately led him to leave the Soup Troupe. He formed a band in New Hampshire, but six months later decided to return home to his roots. Back home in Louisville, he became a regular at the Hearthstone Tavern and the Phoenix Hill Tavern.
In 1976, his song Oh Jesse was the first selection on the WLRS Homeade album. In 1979, Will and Rob Stokes formed The Will Cary Group, which later evolved into Live Bait. Though popular locally, that group ultimately split because of creative differences.
Will next formed Will Cary and the Nightcrawlers and, in 1982, produced an album, Out of My Dreams. Thanks to Mike Wanchic, one of the tracks caught the ear of John Mellencamp, and Mellencamp incorporated a verse out of Wills album into his own multi-platinum album.
Will re-teamed with Stokes, by now a Nashville producer, for a CD with the Will Cary Band entitled One Voice. Wills most recent CD with the group is entitled Annies Melody. The title song was inspired when a friend of Wills was in a terrible car accident and ended up in a coma. Annie recovered and was able to hear this wonderful piece of music, and all proceeds from the CD are going to the WHAS Crusade for Children.