Wadena musician to release album
Wadena area residents may remember Robert Segovia from his performances at Empty Stocking, Night of Inspiration, the library and local churches.
The local musician and Texas native has also had concerts in Oklahoma City, Dallas, Corpus Christi and Nashville as well as performances in other areas of the upper Midwest such as Fargo, Rochester, Brainerd/Baxter, the Twin Cities, Perham and Detroit Lakes.
Segovia released his latest album "Out of the Norm" digitally on Monday and will hold a CD release concert 6:30 p.m. July 28 at the Wadena Evangelical Church.
The concert is free and open to anybody, Segovia said.
Segovia is releasing his latest album on his own, but previously he worked with Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) publisher Tate.
A previous album, "When All Is Said and Done", was released in 2010. He also recorded a collaborative Christmas album and a Spanish album.
He said he chose the title "Out of the Norm" for his new album because it is outside the boundaries of his previous work.
He also plans to release another Spanish album, "Raizes del Amor", this winter.
Segovia's music is pop and rock with a Latin influence, and his influences include Jeremy Camp, Switchfoot, Chris August, Aaron Shust and 10th Avenue North.
Additionally, Segovia has typically performed solo in live concerts, but now has a band with Isaac Malone on drums, Jim Van Schaick on electric guitar and Luke Johnson on bass for the July 28 concert.
Isaac Malone, Segovia's brother-in-law, said he has played music with Segovia informally throughout the past two years, but the band is new.
Van Schaick, New York Mills police chief, said Segovia asked him to help, and the past few weeks have been fun.
"I'm an undercover rock star," he joked. "I've got a true love for music."
Van Schaick described Segovia as a kind person, good leader for the group and a man of faith.
"Robert has a pretty unique musical vision too," he said.
Segovia's wife, Gina (Malone) Segovia, handles booking and management.
Robert Segovia said his interest in music began in high school with a guitar class he took because he thought it would be an easy grade.
"When I got into it, I really enjoyed it, and ever since then the passion has grown," he said.
He also plays acoustic and electric guitar, piano, bass, drums and accordion.
Segovia has been living in Wadena for about eight years. He met Gina, a Wadena area native, during a missions trip. They have four children. Segovia works for M&W Construction and Cabinets most of the year, and the family goes to Texas in the winter.