Sundance Head wants to bring some “country soul” to Myrtle Beach.
The Texas native and winner of season 11 of “The Voice” is set to perform Saturday night at Tin Roof.
Currently on a nationwide country radio tour and performing gigs with his band, Head comes from a musical background. His father Roy had a hit in 1965 with “Treat Her Right.”
“I grew up around music,” he said.
He dazzled “The Voice” judges in 2016 with a cover of Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” after his wife Misty convinced him to do a blind audition.
“I love that song,” he said. “I actually sang that to my wife at my wedding. I didn’t realize it was about an affair until later.”
Head decided to be on coach Blake Shelton’s team, later working arena dates as a guest on the star’s “Doing It To Country Songs” tour. He has also toured with Zac Brown Band and written and recorded with the likes of ZZ Top.
The experience on the popular television show was fulfilling for Head, who was ready to perform on a large stage.
“I really felt I had paid my dues,” he said, adding he had hopes to perform in other parts of the country.
“Back in Texas we had done everything we thought we could,” he said.
He picked up the guitar at a young age, eventually writing and singing songs. He remembered using music to cope with his brother’s death.
“I kind of locked myself in music as a way to heal,” he said. “It really took its toll.”
He didn’t pursue being a musician professionally until he was in his early 30s, when he decided to put a band together.
“We picked up a Wednesday night gig,” he recollected. “From there I just fell in love with it. I’ve been trying to chase it ever since.”
Despite his roots, he’s influenced by a litany of artists, from Etta James and James Brown to Led Zeppelin.
“I indulge myself in great artists and great songs, and I try to use it in my own writing,” he said. “I’m hoping I can learn something new every day.”
Overtime, the artist, known for his distinct powerhouse vocals, has noticed his evolution from project to project.
“I’ve always studied the great singers,” he said, mentioning famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti specifically.
Head’s new album “Stained Glass and Neon” was released on Jan. 25 and produced by Dean Dillon, who’s worked with artists such as country music icon George Strait.
The renowned songwriter and artist working with Head and taking him under his wing served as validation.
Head’s single “Close Enough To Walk” is one of the album’s tracks and was written by Head and Bobby Tomberlin.
Head said humorous lyrics in the piece’s chorus (“You don’t have to drive me crazy, I’m close enough to walk) originated from an argument with his spouse.
“She said, ‘You need to go write that song,’” he recalled.
Head relishes making a living by following his passion. Even before being featured on “The Voice,” he has been able to pay his bills through his music.
“I’m really thankful the Lord has allowed me to do what I want to do for a living,” he said. He hopes to take part in a major arena tour this year and have his music on national country charts.
Whether it’s in front of thousands or hundreds, he enjoys simply getting to display his talents in front of live crowds.
“We just want to make records, go out and build a family on the road,” he said. “If things work out for me, I’ll be touring the rest of my life. The most important thing is to play music. It’s what I live for.”
Head will take the stage Saturday at 7 p.m. at Tin Roof, located at 1410 Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach.