By Joyce Spamer
If you live in the Batavia – Leroy area, you may know The Needhams. We are excited to announce that we will be bringing them to The Grace Church of The Nazarene at 2924 Union St. S. Rochester, New York 14624 on December 8, 2017 @ 7:00 PM for a Christmas Celebration.
The Needhams are comprised of Dave Needham, his sister Diane, and her husband Steve. The story begins a generation earlier with Dave and Diane’s parents, David and Eileen Needham. Patriarch David Needham spent his early music career in New England playing with the likes of Lefty Frizzell and Marty Robbins before marrying his wife Eileen and moving to Genesee County in New York. The couple was part of a local country group, The Genesee Sweethearts. God called them to Christian music, and once their children Dave and Diane were able to stand in front of a microphone and learned their instruments, the family began touring throughout the Northeast. David and Eileen moved to Tennessee in 1994, rejoining Dave as a trio in 1997. Today, David and Eileen reside in Tennessee and continue to work behind the scenes for The Needhams.
Son Dave moved to North Carolina and joined the Dixie Melody Boys as a vocalist and bassist in 1993. While touring with them, Dave was nominated for the Singing News Horizon Individual Award, and garnered respect for his songwriting. His return to family harmony roots marks the beginning of The Needhams as they are today. Dave owns and manages the group, playing bass guitar, singing and acting as emcee, continuing as a writer and producer for The Needhams as well as other artists in Nashville.
Daughter Diane was introduced to audiences at the age of 2 in LeRoy, NY, theater. Harmony was natural for the siblings, and adding Diane as drummer to Dave’s bass guitar rounded out the band with David and Eileen playing guitars. Diane attended Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili, New York, and met drummer Steve Mummert in Pennsylvania, where they moved after they wed. Diane honed her songwriting skills and played guitar with Steve’s group until the couple joined The Needhams. A prolific writer, Diane pens songs for The Needhams and other artists, and adds her mandolin and vocal to the pristine family harmony.
Steve Mummert is a Pennsylvania native who began drumming for his family’s group at the age of 12. His parents asked him to add his voice to their group when he turned 18, and the band toured the Mid-Atlantic region extensively. He met Diane at a music conference in 1992 and their whirlwind romance found her added to his family by the middle of 1993. In 1999, Steve approached Dave about joining The Needhams, and now Steve is the road manager for the band as well as drummer and vocalist.
Continuing a tradition of heartfelt music, The Needhams have released their latest work Fearless, which is already a favorite among Needham fans. Fearless is comprised of ten original songs and features not only Dave, Diane, and Steve, but also David, Eileen, and Dave’s wife Corina.
A rich history of family harmony and their personal faith in Jesus Christ have brought The Needhams to where they are today. Ultimately, it is their goal to glorify God, encourage fellow believers, and share the Gospel.
Tickets for this concert are only $15 in advance and $18 at the Door. They may be purchased by mailing a stamped self-addressed envelope alone with a check or money order to SGNY 3250 Big Ridge Road Spencerport, NY 14559 or thru PayPal on our web site which is www.sgny.net. You may also call 585-329-3840 for more information.