In late 2016 at the age of only 14, Kentucky musician Will Muse decided he wanted to use his music in a positive way. Combining his passion for helping others with his love for music, Will founded Music for Wishes, an annual fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which he planned and organized with the help of family, friends, committee members, and a supportive community. Recently, the 2019 event was held in Will’s hometown of Somerset, Kentucky at the Center for Rural Development, raising $35,247, topping the previous year’s donations. In just three short years Music For Wishes has generated more than $85,000 for Make-A-Wish.
This year’s event featured Grand Ole Opry member and two-time GRAMMY recipient Pam Tillis. Muse also invited other artists to perform, including Towne, The Broken Locals, Kevin Dalton, Alyssa Richardson and Molly Porter. Will also took the stage, giving a compelling four song set that included his debut single, “I Can Change.” He was eventually joined onstage by Pam Tillis, where the two performed an encore duet cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”
“It was once again an honor to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the third annual Music for Wishes event,” said Muse. “This event would not be possible without the support and generosity of my community. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an exceptional organization that provides strength and hope through life changing wishes. It was an honor to have Pam Tillis lend her star power to the event. Her presence elevated the concert to a new level. It was an amazing experience and a great privilege to share the stage with her during the finale song of the concert.”
Will researched many different charities, but ultimately found that the Make-A-Wish® Foundation was an underserved cause in his community, and there were multiple children with life threatening illnesses waiting for their wishes to be granted.
Will’s immersion into music began at age five when his mom Allison signed him up for guitar lessons, quickly followed by piano instruction. He also has a natural gift for the electric guitar, and aspired to be the next Slash during his formative years.
Will cites his primary influences as The Beatles, Guns N’ Roses and Prince, and credits his longtime vocal coach Maria McNeil with helping him develop his strong, signature sound as a vocalist. Will has been developing his artistry onstage for several years, winning an audition at 13 and performing at the Master Musicians Festival on a bill with Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and later opening for headliner Chris Knight at the Harvest Moon Festival. Both world renowned festivals are held annually in Will’s hometown of Somerset, Kentucky.