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article imageCatching up with KC and the Sunshine Band Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 24, 2014 in Music
East Meadow - On August 23, I sat down and chatted with Harry Wayne "KC" Casey, the lead singer and founder of the iconic group, KC and the Sunshine Band.
Our interview took place prior to his concert at Eisenhower Park's Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in East Meadow, New York. "I love Long Island," he exclaimed. "I love playing in New York, even though I don't play here as often."
Throughout their career in the industry, which spans four decades, KC and the Sunshine Band has garnered seven No. 1 singles, as well as three Grammy awards and three of their albums have been certified triple-platinum; moreover, their popular disco anthem "Boogie Shoes" was inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2012. "I lived my dream," he said. "I never thought I would have that many No. 1 singles, and the Grammys were great. I am just doing what I always wanted to do. I never thought of doing anything else, so I am happy that I am able to do what I always wanted to do."
KC continued, "Those are great songs, and to be a part of the Library of Congress is a wonderful achievement."
He hopes to have the double-disc collection out for his fans later this year, or early next year. He collaborated on this project with Bimbo Jones, the famous European DJ, who has mixed songs for such pop songstresses as Madonna and Lady Gaga.
Regarding his plans for the future, he revealed that he will continue to tour, and he will be looking forward to releasing the new album. "I may be doing a Christmas album, and I might do a children's album," he shared.
Last year, he made an appearance on Paula's Best Dishes, which was televised on the Food Network, and he had nothing but the kindest words for the culinary sensation. "It was always good. I love Paula. She's my buddy. I love her to death," he said.
The veteran singer-songwriter and producer noted that his music encompasses elements of such genres as dance, R&B and pop. "It has a little bit of everything," he said, proving its eclectic nature.
While the hardest aspect of his job as a musician involves traveling and living out of a suitcase, KC is motivated each day by his "enjoyment of life and living." "That's a good enough motivation," he admitted.
His dream female collaboration list includes such artists as Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion and he added that Lady Gaga would be a "fun" choice as well.
KC's advice for aspiring musicians is simple: "believe in your dreams and follow your heart." He defined success as "living the American dream," and with his exemplary music career, it is safe to say that he had accomplished that goal.
The veteran musician concluded our conversation by expressing his appreciation for his fans. "I love them very much and I look forward to playing at a city near them," he said.
For more information on KC and the Sunshine Band, their music and forthcoming show dates, visit their official homepage.
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