Sometimes when the right voices come together, unexpected magic happens -
- magic that just couldn’t exist any other way. That’s the kind of harmony that Walt Churchey and Jackie Kopco bring as singers, instrumentalists, entertainers, and composers. Powerful vocalists and musicians in their own right, these two solo artists struck the perfect chord when they blended Jackie’s melodic range and soaring style with Walt’s raw passion and bold cadence for an unexpectedly original sound, one that’s built an enthusiastic following across Western Pennsylvania.
The duo started out spontaneously, picking guitars together with a revolving group of some 20 musicians who still gather when they can to make music. Their duo performances were an instant hit at venues in and around their homebase of Johnstown (where they’ve been voted the city’s best entertainers), and their shared passion for songwriting drove them to release a debut of original acoustic music. With the success of that album, “Bare,” in 2012 - and the ongoing invites to play at larger and larger venues like Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center and PPG Paints Arena - they knew they’d found something special. And so did music lovers. Their next two albums found an eager fan base and their latest show, “Legends,” is taking audiences across the tri-state area on a musical journey of original songs by Walt & Jackie, mixed with their distinct interpretations of pieces by songwriters who inspire them: Carole King and James Taylor, Elvis, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond and Cyndi Lauper, to name a few. Like the surprising effect of their combined talents, the result is unforgettable: dynamic in its pacing and performance, poignant in its emotional spectrum, and deeply satisfying from the first song to the last.
With a growing audience, this is musical chemistry that shouldn’t be missed, whether they’re playing music they wrote themselves or putting their own spin on a longtime favorite. To find out where you can see Walt & Jackie next, check the “Shows” or “Legends” page.