HUMBOLDT — Morris Matieshen and Ray Whitton couldn’t be more excited about taking the stage for Telemiracle 44.
The musical duo will be performing at 11:57 a.m. on March 8 in Regina as part of the two-day Saskatchewan-based telethon.
Whitton, the executive director at Futuristic Industries, had not known that Matieshen liked to sing, even after Futuristic started their music program this past summer, so he was a little puzzled by Matieshen’s musing that he wanted to audition for Telemiracle. However, Whitton found out pretty fast that Matieshen has a beautiful voice and loves country music; especially when it is karaoke night at the Windsor, when Matieshen sang for him in the middle of a Futuristic coffee break.
“He started to sing Sunshine on my Shoulders by John Denver, and it was the sweetest, most purest thing ever,” Whitton said.
After that it was obvious that Matieshen should audition, he added.
During the audition, Matieshen performed like a regular David Lee Roth, grabbing the microphone like a seasoned superstar while Whitton accompanied him on his guitar.
Besides his love of singing, Matieshen said he tried out for Telemiracle to try something new and different.
Being a member of Futuristic Industries and working on the recycling trucks, he knows a lot of people that utilize the Telemiracle organization. Raising money and performing for Saskatchewan people is just another reason why he wanted to audition, he said.
This is the first time Matieshen is going to be on television, but as a Special O athlete, he is used to performing for a large crowd. He is very excited, he said.
In order to raise money for Matieshen to take with him to Telemiracle, Whitton said Futuristic Industries is busy putting together a coffee house night for February with a collection at the door. Matieshen will be the final performance of the night as a practice round for the real thing on March 8.