Walter Finley and April Dawn

Walter Finley is a musician, singer and songwriter and grew up on Long Island, NY. April Dawn is also a singer, and grew up on a farm between Concord and Mount Pleasant, NC. They met a handful of years ago when Walter was performing on stage- April made a song request and Walter jokingly asked her if she wanted to come on stage and sing it…and she did. The rest is history! Today they perform concerts on Lake Norman – BYOBoat! They have a floating stage and their music echoes over the water! Check them out on Facebook – or see more information about them at

(Below answers provided by Walter Finley)

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
My mother, Carol, and father, Austin, are still living on Long Island, and both have amazing stories to tell. I have 3 daughters, and 2 grandkids.

Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
I work for a prominent home builder as a warranty manager during the day, and I do my best to keep the music going with all my heart. What do I love most about what I do? That’s the easy part! I LOVE getting the audience to forget their troubles for a while and being a positive influence with music. There’s nothing on earth better!

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Lake Norman?*
My first date with the love of my life and business manager was at Chillfire…

Q: How long have you lived or worked in Lake Norman?*
About 4-5 years

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?*
Probably Hawaii

Q: What advice would you give to people?
I always say, ”You are responsible for your effort, not the outcome.” April’s advice would be: “You find what you look for, so look for the good in everything”

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
To play on the same stage with Eric Clapton.

Q: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them!
We do not. I am allergic. April and I would love to get a pair of dogs eventually, when we have a place for them.

Q: If someone was visiting Lake Norman for the first time, what’s one thing you would tell them they HAVE to do here on their trip?
Come to a BYOBoat concert

Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?*
I’ve been told I am an amazing cook!

Q: What is your favorite pizza topping?

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
April and I inspire each other.

Q: Finally, what would be your #1 “wish list” feature for your dream house?
That’s a hard one.  Probably privacy, big rooms, and garden space…but we’d also need a dedicated music studio and a gourmet kitchen