Kersh Interview – January 2005
A new year - A new beginning.
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist
first time I met David Kersh *I was struck by his sincerity,
dedication and passion for what he was doing. I was also
impressed by his humility and wondered, at the time, if his
"aw shucks, Ma'am" persona wasn't just a clever act.
After all, how could anyone that talented, that handsome, that
personable; be so humble and unaffected?
are a lot of things about this artist that sets him apart from
his peers but the one I find most fascinating is his unique
career stability. In our very first interview when I asked him
what his primary career goal was, without hesitation he replied,
"Longevity." In an industry where career length
sometimes seems to be determined by a random spin on a phantom
wheel of fortune, Kersh appears to be extremely fortunate.
Despite health problems that prevented him from touring or
performing for almost three years, he has been able to sustain
year he picked up where he left off in pursuit of career
longevity, as a member of the Honky Tonk Tailgate Party (with
Rhett Akins, Chad Brock, and Daryle Singletary). Kersh sees his
ongoing popularity as "nothing less than a true
blessing." He credits his fans, a label who has
consistently believed in him (Curb Records), and the radio
stations that have kept playing his songs, for his ongoing
success. He feels genuinely fortunate to be the recipient of
such loyalty and he says that his relationship with his fans
"is definitely a symbiotic one."
I asked how he likes touring with an ensemble of three other
entertainers, he responded, "I am having the time of my
life and I don't know why more artists aren't touring this way.
This type of concert is as much fun for the artists as it is the
audience and I think the variety it delivers is a real plus. You
have ninety minutes of diverse, non-stop, high energy
entertainment without putting a strain on any one
faces personify the ongoing love affair that David Kersh has
with his audiences. As I look around the venue I see that every
woman and man is displaying respectful restraint, silently lip
syncing what has become his signature song, "Goodnight
Sweetheart", eyes locked on David; mesmerized. This
is a song from the heart and Kersh has perfected the art of
speaking from his heart to the hearts of his listeners.
I asked about the acting ambitions that Kersh had expressed a
few years back, he replied, "I wouldn't turn down an acting
job if it were offered but it is not something that I'm
aggressively pursuing. I'm having a great time doing what I'm
doing and being unable to tour or record has given me more time
to do some extra songwriting. I've written quite a few
songs," he continued "and I think a few of them have a
good chance of making the cut for my new album." At this
quoted some of the lyrics and then treated me to an impromptu a
cappella chorus of one of the songs he has been working on. Let
me go on record right now and predict that if this song does, in
fact, make his new album; it will quickly become the number one
song played during all future marriage proposals.
year Kersh joined the National Advisory Council for the
Make-A-Wish Foundation. He said that being able to facilitate a
child's wish is definitely one of the greatest joys he has ever
experienced. "Every time someone from the foundation says,
'Thank you,' I can't help but thinking that I'm the one that
should be saying thank you to them for letting me be a part of
something so personally gratifying," he said.
is also a member of "Cowboys for Children" which
focuses on the needs and organizations that benefit ALL
children. His experiences with children from that foundation
inspired him to write the song "When I Look At You."
The powerful lyrics of the song reflect not only the impact that
meeting these children had on Kersh, but also the incredible
bravery of the children. The first chorus goes, "I've
always tried to be the kind of man - That a child could look up
to - But I find myself standing here - Lookin' up to you."
is a really beautiful song and in
exchange for a minimum donation of only $2.00, you can download
the song from the www.cowboysforchildren.com
website. One hundred percent of your donation will benefit the
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) agency in YOUR
own community so if you do download the song, I would certainly
encourage you to donate more than the minimum.
David Kersh is onstage, it is an emotional commitment from both
sides of the stage lights. You are drawn into his performance
like a moth to a flame. You walk away after the last encore
feeling like you just survived a free-fall without a parachute!
following his career for several years, it isn't difficult to
understand why his fans have remained loyal, his label has never
wavered and radio has continued to play his songs. "Being a
celebrity is heady stuff," Kersh told me, "It is easy
to get caught up in it and you can lose yourself somewhere
inside the fame. If you don't have a solid foundation and strong
support from the people around you," he continues,
"you can lose sight of the real world and forget who you
Kersh speaks from his heart and from his personal experience. He
has run the celebrity gauntlet, survived the sophomore jinx,
roped in his ego and remains true to his Humble (Texas)
beginnings. The rest is a no-brainer; he really is that
talented, that handsome and that personable.
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