Home Free‘s members have also shared their own solo and collaborative performances outside of the group over the years, but Tim Foust‘s latest offering is a career first for the singer. The 40-year-old just dropped a cover of The Del-Vikings “Come Go With Me,” marking his first solo a cappella video. The song is from Foust’s own Doo-wop album, Pieces of Me, Vol. 1, out now.
My first solo a cappella music video AND the first single off my new Doo-Wop album (available now):https://t.co/NsfZ42SQ4e
— Tim Foust (@TimFoustMusic) December 10, 2021
Foust grew up with a love of music, thanks to his talented mother, which became his focus while in school, and almost led him to pursue another career path instead.
“When I graduated high school, I was a little bit burned out on music, because I had done it so much,” Foust told The Charismatic Voice. “I had done anything you could do vocally in high school. And then on top of that, I was sort of just ignorant as to the opportunities that are out there for vocalists. You have to remember, this is in the early days of the internet … There just wasn’t a ton of information out there and I came from a small town. I thought you either went on Broadway, or you got a record deal, and that was about it. I also heard that the music industry was scary and fickle, so I thought, ‘All right, I’ll go get a normal, stable, lucrative job.’ My plan was to be an orthodontist.”
Foust went to college for two years, as a pre-dental major, before realizing that music was his life calling.
“I ended up finding some early a cappella message boards, and found a group that was starting up in Minnesota,” Foust recalled. “For some reason a cappella groups hate warm weather, except for VoicePlay, and they’ve already got a great bass. I keep finding myself in these frigid tundras.”
Foust went through several music gigs, including working on a couple of cruise lines, along with some time substitute teaching, until he got a job as a musician, writing and recording, and then was ultimately recruited by Home Free.
“They called me looking for a bass singer for their very first tour they were going to do,” Foust recalled. “They also had part-time jobs, and they were going to do a six-week tour in the Midwest. I gave them a bunch of names, and none of that panned out. They said, ‘Is there any possible way we could convince you to come do this tour with us? I was like, ‘I don’t know. A, I don’t know if I want to. B, I gotta talk to this guy I’m working for.’
“And then they said, ‘We know you’ve got this solo thing now. If you come out with us, we will learn one of your songs, perform a Tim Foust original in the show, and promote and let you sell your solo EP on tour with us,” he added. “I went and did the first Home Free tour, and sort of had forgotten how fun that was.”
Find all of Foust’s solo music by visiting his website.