Doug Midgley | On & On: Remastered
Singer-Songwriter, Doug Midgley, recorded On & On in a small Cleveland studio a mere two days before the side effects of his cancer treatment permanently stole his voice. He released his debut album On & On in 1994 and, just one year later, he was gone.
The album that survived him and propelled his music into the soundtracks of so many lives is now available in digital format for the first time. His captivating, full voice exposes poetic truths about love, life, illness, and loss with clarity unlike ever before. Experience Doug Midgley in the unforgettable new release On & On: remastered.
Doug Midgley was a happy baby born December 28, 1955 to loving parents, Donald and Elaine. Doug was four years younger than his only brother, Scot Midgley. For much of the boys' childhood, the family lived in a cozy three bedroom house with a pool in the Sylvania neighborhood of Ohio. They were a social and charming family; very well regarded in their community. In the 8th grade, Doug served as class President at Burnham Junior High. That summer, due to an advancing business career, Donald moved the family of four to California for several years. Doug attended Carlmont High School in Belmont, where he graduated one year early in 1973. He spent his hard earned year off of school in Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks, immersing himself in nature and music. Doug later received a degree in business marketing from Northwood University - Michigan, and followed his Father's footsteps into the Automotive Aftermarket Advertising Industry. On June 21, 1981, Doug married his true love, Caroline Wiley, and lovingly embraced the role of Step-Father to then 11 year old Andrew Rounds. Doug and Caroline bought a home together in Marietta, Georgia and, in 1985, grew their family to include Doug's first and only child, Allison. In the years that followed Allison's birth, the small family moved as needed to perpetuate their dreams and careers. After a short stint in Charolette, North Carolina, the family settled back into the rolling hills of Belmont, California, where Doug had attended High School. He started and ran a newspaper business there called, 'Bay Area Auto Repair News,' from the basement of their hillside home. In 1993 Doug was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and given a six month window to live. He fought bravely and began to pursue the dream of building a legacy of love through music. He did so by amassing a collection of all the song lyrics he had written throughout his lifetime and began the recording process for his debut album release, On & On. During his illness, Doug was offered an opportunity to participate in an experimental treatment that held promise. It was a positive alternative to the chemotherapy and surgeries that he had already undergone, but it listed vocal chord paralysis as one of a long list of potential side effects. He accepted the offer optimistically and began the experimental treatment right away. A mere two days after completing the recording of his album, Doug and his family were stunned to learn that the side-effect he most wanted to avoid had permanently stolen his voice. He was never again able to sing as he strummed his guitar and was, instead, limited to a hoarse and breathy whisper until he passed away on December 4th, 1995. He was only 39 years old. Today, more than two decades after his passing, Doug Midgley's music continues to inspire. With the help of dear and talented friends, Doug's daughter, Allison, passionately collects, organizes, studies, interprets, re-masters, re-imagines, and re-produces her father's musical works. She considers her efforts collaborative and seeks to honor the path his music might have taken had he been granted a little more time. Allison is honored and proud to promote the legacy of Doug Midgley. Her goal is to share and grow his music, and achieve Doug Midgley's posthumous induction into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.