Mike Rowe, the voice of Deadliest Catch, and the host of Dirtiest Jobs is a well known TV and Social Media figure. Using his platform as a celebrity, Mike has been an outspoken advocate of the trades, careers in areas like plumbing, welding, and building. But there is another part of Mr. Rowe that most of us don’t know. He is a singer. Yes, that’s right. The man with that down home voice is also a singer.
At the age of 16 Mike met a man who would have a tremendous impact on his life, his high school choir director, Freddy King. Mr. King was no mere choir director, he was also a barbershop singer, and got Mike involved in this great, unique, American musical expression.
This past July Mike joined thousands of other barbershop singers and enthusiasts for the annual international convention, in Las Vegas. At this event Mike talked about the impact music, and Mr. King, had on his life, propelling him into a career in television. At the end of the convention, Mike was awarded a lifetime membership into “The Society.” His footage of his acceptance speech, plus footage of him singing with the 2016 International Quartet Champion, Forefront, can be easily found on Youtube.
Mike has recently launched a new series, Returning the Favor, a series where he recognizes “bloody do-gooders…people doing nice things in our communities in a completely selfless way.” In an upcoming episode, Mike speaks about Mr. King, and the impact this man and his unique hobby, has had on his life. As a preview, here is a link to a podcast Mike recorded as part of his As I Heard It series.
In the podcast, and in his acceptance speech, Mike talks about the unity, and brotherhood, that exists within the Barbershop Harmony Society. He talks about how the men of this brotherhood have helped shape his life and career, and he talks about the one man who had the greatest impact, Mr. Freddy King.