Artist of the day: Paul Guy Bovee
(Quick programming note: Soundcheck is relaunching "Artist of the Day" as a not-quite-everyday feature. Instead, we'll spotlight an artist or three every week. If you're an artist and you'd like to be considered, drop us an email.)
Zephyrhills musician Paul Guy Bovee has been playing in bands since his teenage years. But he found his calling as an artist in 2008, when his father was living in a North Carolina nursing home. Bovee began making regular trips there to perform for him, and found that other patients enjoyed the music, too.
"When you sing to someone in a nursing home, you see the light come on in their eyes," he said. "They remember. They're alive again."
Bovee began to offer his services at other nursing homes across the country. H now plays as many as 10 shows a month, many of them at local sites such as Heritage Park Nursing Home in Dade City, the Commons on Pretty Pond in Zephyrhills, the Zephyrhills Rehabilitation Center and the Edwinola in Dade City.
"These people are part of my family," he said. "I have 500 new moms and thousands of uncles. They care about me because I make them laugh and I make them cry."
For more on Paul Guy Bovee, click here for Megan Hussey's profile.