By Joyce Spamer
Southern Gospel NY is proud to be bringing to Spencerport Bible Church for a Dinner/Concert a group called The Needhams.
The Needhams are comprised of Dave Needham, his sister Diane, and her husband Steve. The musical 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. They were called to Christian music, and once 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 had 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 a theater in Leroy, NY. 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 University 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, guitar, 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 their 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 and band 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 American Christian music, The Needhams have released their latest work Burden Bearer, which is already a favorite among The Needham fans. Burden Bearer is comprised of ten original songs and features Dave, Diane, and Steve, and also an interview with David and Eileen and a bonus track from 1976.
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.
Dave is the owner, manager, and bass guitarist for The Needhams. His smooth vocals, inspired musicianship, and engaging personality combined with his pointed songwriting are the foundation for the band.
Diane plays mandolin and guitar for the band, and fans adore her clear, warm voice and heartfelt songwriting. She is also a radio personality on Eternal Broadcasting Network with the program “The Heart of the Song” which features stories behind songwriting.
Steve is both the road manager and the percussionist for the band, as well as lending his rich voice to round out the trademark pristine harmony for which The Needhams are known.
The Dinner/Concert will be held at Spencerport Bible Church 1948 N. Union Street in Spencerport, New York 14559 on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Dinner will start at 5:30 PM and the concert will follow. Tickets are only $35 per person and must be purchased in advance. Order tickets for a table of 8 and receive 1 free ticket. The deadline to order tickets is October 12, 2019. They may be purchased by sending a check or money order along with a stamped, self addressed return envelope to SGNY 3250 Big Ridge Road, Spencerport, NY 14559 or you can call 585-329-3840 for more information. We are looking forward to a great evening of Christian music and fellowship.