Fall 2021 SS Magazine

SS PODCAST: Musician Mike Donehey on end of Tenth Avenue North, pivoting to solo career

THIS IS THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
WITH JASON ROMANO, FEATURING MIKE DONEHEY

Mike Donehey is a singer/songwriter and the former lead man with Tenth Avenue North.

Donehey was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and grew up a sports fan. Music wasn’t on the radar. Starring on the soccer team at his high school in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Donehey and two of his teammates were driving to a game one day in September 1998 when his Honda swerved out of control, flipped several times and crashed into a tree. Donehey’s injuries were numerous: a fractured skull, fractured vertebrae, 96 stitches, five days in intensive care, and he was told he would never walk again.

Two months later, Donehey proved the doctors wrong and was up and moving and walking.

It was during that time in recovery that he picked up a guitar for the first time and discovered a love for music. That passion has taken him down a road he has remained on for the past 20 years.

In 2019, Donehey released his first book, “Finding God’s Life For My Will,” and in August 2021 he released his first solo album, “Flourish.”

Today on the podcast, Donehey shares about pivoting from Tenth Avenue North, releasing his new album, wrestling with jealousy and comparison, and his struggle with victimhood and identity.

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