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When Seth Witcher was 8, he performed in front of his family, hoping for a positive reaction. Instead, her young cousin told her never to sing again.

He didn’t – not until he was in his senior year at his school’s talent show. Witcher would later pursue a career in music.

As a native of Allentown, Witcher did a plethora of shows in the Lehigh Valley, including performing the national anthem at Musikfest last August. He also performed at Lehigh After Dark events.

Cecily Ritchie, 23, coordinator of the Lehigh After Dark event, introduced Witcher at her last concert on September 12.

“I’ve been a fan of Seth since I was in first year, and he’s such a good role model for the students here, so it’s really good that Lehigh After Dark continues to bring him back,” Ritchie said.

Alex Pellett, 23, also attended the show. She said she attended Witcher’s concert in her first year and was amazed at the quality of his voice, so she was delighted to hear he was playing again.

“I was so happy to see how much he grew as an artist, and it was fascinating to see how much he was able to interact with an audience,” Pellett said.

Witcher started playing guitar and piano at the age of 6. Her piano teacher did not teach students under the age of 8, however, she made an exception for Witcher, as she recognized that he had a natural affinity for music.

After just a couple of guitar lessons, Witcher said he started learning on his own through YouTube videos. Eventually, he became the guy who strummed his guitar in the halls of high school before class. He credits his guitar for bringing him to where he is today.

Witcher did an internship as a robotic engineer at Victualic, when he realized he didn’t like robotic engineering as much as he thought.

He was driving home one day after his internship when he walked past a bar and heard a voice in his head say, “Hey, take your guitar, go inside the bar, talk to the manager and take a concert. “

Witcher did just that and had his first show.

“It was a really bad show,” Witcher said. “I got booed and almost got fired. “

Rather than give up, Witcher said he was determined to build his music career. He visited every bar he could, played for the manager and took every gigs he could get.

Witcher said that in his first year he gave almost 100 shows and that he did more in each year that followed. He said that over the past four years it has grown “exponentially”.

Witcher said he experienced a defining moment in his music career as he sat on a Lehigh bus heading up the hill to collect his car for his commute to work.

“I was at the front of the bus, talking to the driver, and there was a girl sitting in the back,” Witcher said. “The driver asked me what my dreams were, and I told him I was going to change the world with my music. The girl heard me and said ‘You? Truly? You will never change the world with your music. ‘”

Whitcher said rather than letting this moment be disheartening, it gave him another reason to work three times harder.

Witcher has performed on television 16 times. He made appearances on 69 News, Fox’s The Q Show 29, and Spotlight Under the L, which he won. However, he said his favorite performances were at Lehigh.

Witcher said he appreciates how Lehigh’s students are there to see him specifically, as it offers a different level of engagement.

He said he enjoys explaining what his songs are about and showing students that it is possible to overcome challenges.

“In Lehigh, the audience is younger, and I feel like they just got more of me,” he said. “Lehigh was my best performance experience. When I’m famous, I’ll be back, and it’ll be party time.


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