The Needhams have toured since 1997 sharing the Gospel with their own unique sound. Audiences across the nation have discovered The Needhams offer a broad spectrum of music with original songwriting and unique arrangements of familiar, beloved tunes. Every song, ranging from acoustic to progressive, is crafted with the common basis of pure family harmony and lyrics grounded in the Word of God.
The Needhams are comprised of David Needham, his son Dave, daughter Diane, her husband Steve, and their son Steve Jr. Patriarch David Needham spent his early music career in New England playing with the likes of Lefty Frizzell and Marty Robbins before marrying his wife Eileen and moving to Genesee County in New York. They both were part of a local country group, The Genesee Sweethearts. God called them to Christian music, and once their children Dave and Diane were able to stand in front of a microphone and learned their instruments, the family began touring throughout the Northeast. David and Eileen moved to Tennessee in 1994, rejoining Dave as a trio in 1997. Currently recovering from surgery, David plans to return to the group later this year, and Eileen will also perform select dates.
Son Dave moved to North Carolina and joined the Dixie Melody Boys as a vocalist and bassist in 1993. While touring with them, Dave was nominated for the Singing News Horizon Individual Award, and garnered respect for his songwriting. His return to family harmony roots marks the beginning of The Needhams as they are today. Dave owns and manages the group, playing bass guitar, singing and acting as emcee, continuing as a writer and producer for The Needhams as well as other artists in Nashville. Dave's wife Corina is also a gifted singer and writer and often tours when their children are not in school.
Daughter Diane was introduced to audiences at the age of 2 in LeRoy, NY, theater. Harmony was natural for the siblings, and adding Diane as drummer to Dave's bass guitar rounded out the band with David and Eileen each playing guitars. Diane attended Roberts Wesleyan University in North Chili, New York, and met drummer Steve Mummert in Pennsylvania, where they moved after they wed. Diane honed her songwriting skills and played guitar with Steve's group until the couple joined The Needhams. A prolific writer, Diane pens songs for The Needhams and other artists, and adds her mandolin and vocal to the pristine family harmony.
Steve Mummert is a Pennsylvania native who began drumming at the age of 12. His parents asked him to add his voice to their group when he turned 18, and the band toured the Mid-Atlantic region extensively. Steve met Diane at a music conference in 1992 and their whirlwind romance made her an addition to his family by the middle of 1993. In 1999, Steve approached Dave about joining The Needhams, and now Steve is the road manager for the band as well as drummer and vocalist.
Steve Mummert, Jr., started touring with The Needhams at age 13 as guitarist when his grandfather David battled cancer in 2007. His skill and work ethic has earned him a place as a studio musician in Nashville along with playing for the family. This year, Steve Jr. also sings the baritone harmony while David recovers from hip replacement surgery.
Continuing a tradition of heartfelt music, The Needhams have released a new project titled Fearless. Another completely original work, Fearless is certain to become a new favorite among Needham fans. A rich history of family harmony and their personal faith in Jesus Christ have brought The Needhams to where they are today. Ultimately, it is their goal to glorify God, encourage fellow believers, and share the Gospel.