By Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter
It’s not difficult to find a place to go and hear 14-year-old Jack Cassidy sing. For over a decade, the Maple Grove teen has been singing around the Twin Cities with other performers, family members or by himself. Soon his vocal talent will be available for people to bring home with them with the release of his debut CD, “Be Still My Heart.”
“We feel that music talent is a gift that should be shared,” said his father Joe Cassidy.
Jack, the fifth of six sons of Joe and Krista Cassidy, began singing as a toddler with his musical family. He performed with the Cassidy Brothers, a musical group consisting of his father and uncles, at their annual Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day shows at Ascension Church in north Minneapolis. He is a frequent soloist at his church, St. Vincent de Paul in Brooklyn Park, and performs at other events and churches around the Twin Cities.
Though still just a ninth-grader at Osseo Junior High School, he is currently performing in his fourth musical production at Maple Grove Senior High.
He credits his family with beginning his musical aspirations.
“My whole family has been a huge influence on me musically,” he shared.
He looks forward to Christmas every year because his four older brothers, who are adults and have moved out of the family home, all come home and sing with their extended family at church.
Jack also dedicated the song “Danny Boy” on his CD to his late grandfather Jim Cassidy.
“I’m Irish and every St. Patrick’s Day my family does a concert at Ascension Church in Minneapolis. That was the song he always sang there. All of my cousins and aunts and uncles remember him singing that,” Jack said.
Another song on the album, “Be Still My Soul,” is one of Cassidy’s personal favorite songs to sing live.
“When I sing that song, that’s the one that connects with people more than any other song I sing,” he explained.
Cassidy will be performing the songs from his new CD at his upcoming CD release concert. Later in the show he’ll also be joined on stage by his father.
“He’s not opening for me,” Jack said with a laugh. “We’ll be singing together.”
Jack isn’t sure what his future will hold, but he’d like to have a career in music. He said that he’d love to travel the world and sing for lots of different people.
“Singing is important to me. But what I really like is to see what it does for people,” he said.
Jack’s CD release concert will be Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Brooklyn Park. For more information on Jack Cassidy and his debut CD, visit jackcassidymn.com.