Ticonderoga Since he was 13, Joe McGinness has been taking to the stage.
“I started playing guitar at 9 years old, and played my first official show when I was 13,” the now 31-year old emerging country artist said. “I saw people dancing and applauding, I even made some money while doing what I loved. Been hooked ever since.”
The Moriah and Middlebury native recently released his debut album, “It’s Gonna Be a Good Night,” on iTunes, Google Play and online (joeMcGinness.net) and other digital outlets. His first single, one of six original songs from the album, was released in April, and has sold over 7,000 copies digitally through iTunes, XBox, Amazon and Google Play.
Copies of the debut CD are also available at the Port Henry Mobil station, Boyea’s Deli and the Moriah Country Club, among others.
“Being the exclusive songwriter on the album, yes there is a theme,” McGinness said about the album. “My music is about everyday life and the important things in life. So I would say the theme is based around having a great time, enjoying life and finding love along the way.”
The album will also be used as a way to give back to the community, as $1 from the sale of each copy of the collection will go to the “Big Change Round Up For Kids,” a fundraiser for the Vermont Children’s Hospital put on by local country music radio station WOKO (9.89 FM).
“I’ve always believed in helping people in need,” he said. “I have a great relationship with WOKO and they really do a great job taking care of their community and the children’s hospital. Watching them really influenced me to jump on board and do my part. Every bit of money raised plays a big role and could help save a life. Ten percent of all CD sales will go to this great fundraiser. It’s a win/win situation: people get to buy the album and give to a great cause at the same time.”