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Music had been part of my life from the time I was 8 years old, singing in the church choir. My mom (and dad, I later found out) were both musicians.
I was saved by the grace of God in 1997. And as much as I would love to say that in an instant my life was totally transformed, fireworks went off, lights flashed, angels flew around the room, that was not the case. God works in each of us in different ways – He meets us where we are. But, as with everyone who calls Jesus as Savior, I am a work in progress, and will be until The Lord brings me home. Amen!
Anyway, in 2000 I started teaching voice lessons in my home part-time. So after working all day I would come home and teach a few clients in the evening a few nights a week. That grew larger and I finally started teaching full time in 2006. I’ve been teaching steadily ever since, even after becoming a full-time music minister. It’s just a great joy to watch people, especially young people, grow in confidence and ability because I was able to teach them something that would not only make them better singers, but better people too.
In 2004, I got a job as the Creative Arts Minister at a small local church. I was full-time staff responsible for the music, video, sound, lighting, everything. Of course, I had NO idea what I was doing. The church had no band, no video, and patched-together sound and lighting systems. We couldn’t use all the lights at once because doing so would blow out the fuses in the dimmers. And what was really fun was picking up a local radio station through the sound system! We could have band practice and listen to the Dodger game all at the same time!
Well, now I’m Music Minister at another church that we’ve called home for a little over 4 years. It’s a great small church where we felt at home the first time we walked through the door. We have a great worship team with some absolutely wonderful people. We have a great time worshiping God and just hanging out together. I’ve been blessed to be able to write songs for God’s church, and Lord willing, He’ll give me many more songs to write. And I am still teaching voice helping young people to realize their musical dreams.
I also really enjoy composing and orchestrating music for theater. My most significant projects as orchestrator were orchestrating the entire scores of three original musicals, Amelia Earhart, Jane Eyre, and my most recent project, Sleepy Hollow. I really enjoyed those projects and would love to do more. Ultimately I would love to compose music for stage, film, and TV. You can hear some of my instrumental pieces on my website, http:bradrmusic.com/music.
On top of everything else, I am an award-winning stage actor, having appeared in many lead roles such as Psuedolus in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, as Lt.(jg) Douglas Roberts in Mister Roberts, and Luther Billis in South Pacific. My favorite roles are as C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands, and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Those were very challenging roles and really fun to do.
All in all, God has blessed me more that I could ever have imagined. And I know He’s not finished with me yet. Everything I’ve been able to do and to accomplish has been by His amazing grace. But it’s less about DOING than it is about BEING. I want to BE all HE wants me to be. Not just as a teacher and musician, but as a minister, as a husband and father, and as a follower of Jesus Christ.