Wyatt Pike is looking forward to the Park City Song Summit

Parkite Wyatt Pike, an “American Idol” contestant, is on the roster of artists for the inaugural Park City Song Summit to be held September 7-10. Pike will perform in two Songwriters in the Round sessions and participate in a lab discussion with fellow singer-songwriter Anders Osborne.
Photo by Charlie Weinman

Park City Song Summit organizer Ben Anderson declines to call the event, which is scheduled for Sept. 7-10 at various venues around the city, a music festival.

“The F-word here is the word ‘festival’, and the reason we don’t have the word in our name is because, arguably, we don’t need another music festival,” said he declared. “We love them and we think there is a place for them. But we are on a different path.

The summit, according to Anderson, is an immersive hangout for song-lovers.

“Our format is based on the ability to explore and celebrate the myth, the power and the passion behind song and song,” he said.

Participating artists include music industry veterans – Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule, singer and songwriter Anders Osborne, Blues Hall of Fame inductees Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite (see article on B -1) – and more recent artists such as singer-songwriter Celisse and Bonny Light Horseman.

Some of the participating local artists include Mel Soul, Shannon Runyon, Rick Gerber, Michelle Moonshine and Wyatt Pike.

Pike, the second Parkite who competed on “American Idol,” will participate in the Park City Song Summit songwriter offerings in the round and lab discussions.

“I think that’s a big deal,” said Pike, who was a contestant on Season 18 of “American Idol.” “First of all, this is my first such event to be featured with other amazing people. And all that the Song Summit does to shed light on songwriters’ backstory, mental health, and different aspects of our lives is quite powerful. I am proud to be part of it. »

Pike’s first appearances at the Park City Song Summit are scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, September 8, with Kylie Sackley and Matt Warren, and 4:30 p.m. Friday, September 9, with Megan Linville and Tim James, at Songwriters in the Forums. round.

The artists who participate in these sessions tell the stories of the songs they have written, and then play those songs in an acoustic setting.

“I guess I’ll be one of the younger ones, so I think it’ll be interesting to hear the stories of how other artists have navigated the industry and found success and defeat,” he said. said Pike. “I want to absorb and learn, like I did with ‘American Idol.’ I try to be like a sponge and pick up what’s good for people and what’s not, while learning everything I can. And I look forward to connecting with other artists in off stage.

Most of the songs that Pike intends to talk about and sing are new, unreleased material.

“That’s what I’m most happy to share,” he said. “If I write something the night before and I really like it, I’ll play it.”

At 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, Pike is scheduled to participate in a lab discussion titled “Spirituality and the Spotlight” with award-winning singer and songwriter Osborne.

“We’re going to discuss how to stay grounded and keep a cool head in this crazy industry,” PIke said. “As you can imagine, there’s a lot going on.”

Pike said he stays grounded by meditating, exercising, and trying to play guitar and write music every day.

“This summer I toured a lot and I can’t say I always took great care of myself,” he said with an embarrassed laugh. “So I kind of learned, maybe, in reverse how super important it is. I mean, basic things like eating well and drinking lots of water helped me in the past, and when I forgot to do it this summer, I really saw the effects.

Pike was invited to attend the Park City Song Summit by the event’s founder, Ben Anderson, whom he met in 2016 at an event hosted by the nonprofit organization Mountain Town Music.

“Ben and I developed a pretty good relationship over the years, and he approached me,” Pike said. “He knew I would have stories to tell after ‘American Idol,’ and he thought it would be great for me to pair up with Anders to talk about adjusting to new fame.”

The opportunities Pike has found through music are different from what he expected when he was growing and developing as a musician in Park City.

“I’m definitely overwhelmed with the opportunities and the different ways to get your hat in the ring,” he said. “Living in Los Angeles and working with different people has totally opened doors for me and shown me that there’s so much more to a normal music career than I thought was possible.”

For Park City Song Summit information and tickets, visit parkcitysongsummit.com.

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