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Malvern’s “Hometown Hero” becomes a rising star

Accountant turned musician makes a big hit

After winning a radio contest on 93.7 WSTW, Malvern alum John Scargall’s new song, “The Wind’s Always Gonna Blow” is now the theme for Neumer’s Children’s Hospital new video.

Scargall ‘08, a former member of the Malvern Theatre Society, Men’s Chorus, and Liturgical Music, has teamed up with Christian O’Connor ‘08 to create the song. With Scargall on vocals and O’Connor on guitar, the song is produced under O’Connor’s dad’s company, Phosphorous Records.

After narrowing a set of dozens of entries down to ten, WSTW put the top ten songs on their website for popular vote. The votes were submitted, and “The Wind’s Always Gonna Blow” came out on top.

“Funny enough, the contest wasn’t to actually be in the video,” said Scargall. “The song was just supposed to be used as a theme. The day we won, they played the song on WSTW.”

In fact, the day they won the contest, “The Wind’s Always Gonna Blow” trended #1 on WSTW.

“We started emailing back and forth between DuPont and Mark Rogers of WSTW. And they asked, ‘Do you want to be in the video?’ We said yes!”

The video includes the doctors, nurses, and patients of DuPont, as well as Scargall, Christian O’Connor, and Christian’s sister, Devon (NDA ‘13).

After the success of the song, John was invited to WSTW’s “Hometown Heros” segment, where he performed the song live, and was interviewed by the host, Mark Rogers.

“I’ve met John on a couple of occasions,” said Rogers. “He’s a very nice and generous guy, and very willing to be involved. Songwise, I think it turned out to be a great selection and it went along very well with the video. It’s upbeat and has a uplifting message. John’s been very thankful for that, and WSTW thanks him for being very supportive in promoting the show. He’s a very good guy to work with.”

There will be plenty more to come from John Scargall, and the Malvern student body will be hearing “The Wind’s Always Gonna Blow” in chapel, performed by Liturgical Music.

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