Kevin Walsh’s solo debut, “Not a Dry Eye in the House,” is more than a cover—it’s a heartfelt tribute to the late Meat Loaf, a musical legend who profoundly impacted Walsh’s life. This emotional rendition of the Diane Warren-penned classic showcases Walsh’s extraordinary vocal prowess, delivering a performance that resonates with raw emotion and theatricality. Growing up as a non-verbal autistic child, Walsh found solace in Meat Loaf’s larger-than-life persona and dramatic performances. This connection ignited a spark within him, propelling him to self-teach piano and earn a First Class Honors Degree in Music. Despite facing formidable challenges, Walsh credits Meat Loaf’s unyielding determination as the guiding force that helped him persevere.
The influence of Meat Loaf permeates every note of this track, thanks to the collaboration with Canadian producer Taylor Harris. Together, they recreate the signature wall-of-sound that defined the original while infusing it with a modern edge. The choral backing vocals, featuring Joey Clarkson, Luna Olivia Avery, and Marie Conniffe, evoke a blend of John Williams, Jim Steinman, and Queen. The accompanying music video, loosely inspired by “A Star Is Born,” is a cinematic masterpiece that showcases Walsh’s acting prowess. Set against a backdrop of heart-wrenching auditions and shattered dreams, the video is a testament to Walsh’s multifaceted talent.
Walsh’s trajectory from Embrace the World to this solo endeavor is a testament to his unwavering determination and the transformative power of music. With a voice that combines the classical finesse of Josh Groban and Colm Wilkinson with a rock edge, Walsh is set to leave an indelible mark on the music landscape. As Walsh gears up for a series of performances in Winter 2023 and the release of his debut EP in 2024, “Not a Dry Eye in the House” stands as a powerful testament to the enduring legacy of Meat Loaf and the immense impact he had on Walsh’s artistic journey. Mark your calendars for October 27th, 2023, when this soul-stirring rendition will be available on all major streaming platforms.