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July 1, 2013

Danvers' singing selectman fronts rock band

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So, how did he come to front a rock band after spending most of his life singing along to the radio?

About eight years ago, Trask discovered his hidden talent when he sang karaoke at a sports bar in Beverly and “it wasn’t a train wreck,” he said. Before that, he’d never sung before an audience, and he did not study music in high school or college.

That karaoke performance sparked something in Trask, who helps organize the annual Danvers Idol singing contest.

“I decided it wasn’t so bad,” Trask said. A friend, Ira Malkin, invited him to practice using a karaoke setup in his basement. He signed up for an introductory singing course at North Shore Community College.

His love of karaoke singing might have remained just that until he was introduced to live band karaoke at Hennessey’s pub in Boston. He got to sing along with a band called The Jukebox Heroes.

Trask and a friend, Maureen Benson of Danvers, began singing karaoke at the same time, and today Benson is the lead singer of a group called Jazzport.

“I was going to open mikes, and he was going to karaoke,” Benson said. She was surprised when she heard Trask at the microphone.

“He was special. He’s got a beautiful, nice voice,” said Benson, who had been singing at open mike nights in Salem and Middleton. She urged Trask to try singing with a live band at In A Pig’s Eye restaurant, and he began to join in their blues jams on Friday afternoons.

Trask found he liked the “different freedom” of singing with a live band, rather than a recorded track. He began singing Thursday nights at blues jams at the Franco-American Club in Beverly and at Giuseppe’s Ristorante in Gloucester, which has a piano bar with performances on Fridays and Saturdays nights. That’s where Trask became comfortable performing in front of a live audience.

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