My father was a minister so it was only fitting I did my first paid professional performance at age three in church.
Although raised on "old school" country music I loved, I found white church music to be very boring. 100 year old hymns and slow country music. But at age six I saw my first black gospel choir my father brought to our church in a very small redneck town. It changed my life. I became a gospel/soul/R&B music lover. The leader of the choir taught me to scat which led me to jazz. I still love all music today but anything with soul brings me to life.
At age fifteen I started playing Hammond B3 organ for gospel choirs and piano for country groups. That taught me the love of music, the stage, and the response of an audience.
By age 17 I was off on the road playing with top forty bands from Seattle. By age twenty I was always the youngest player in one of the top bands or another in town which led me to the concert stage in the eighties.
Srating at age twenty three II was fortunate to share the stage with groups like The Beachboys, B. B. King, Three Dog Night, George Benson, Jesse Colin Young, The Turtles, Peter Noon, Ricky Nelson, Tracy Nelson, Carline Carter, and many more still alive and dying artist.
Beginning in the eighties I started spending a lot of time in the studio as a studio musician. By the nineties I was spending all my time in the studio playing, singing, writing and producing recordings. Country, rock, pop, rap, world music, R&B, reggae, jazz, folk, gospel, avante garde, and pretty much any other style you can think of.
I recieved my first recording contract for an album Grammy winner Garey Shelton and I wrote and co-produced called Walls. We were able to work with some of the best studio musicians in the world. My love became song writing, producing, and anything to do with the studio or music.
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"(I'm Going To Marry My) Sweetheart", "What If", and "All I Want For Christmas (Is To Share This Love With You)" were solely written by myself and produced by Dan Dean. Dan played every instrument on "Sweetheart" and "What If" except piano. He also played bass and keys on "All I Want For Christmas" and did the background oo's and ah's vocals on "Sweetheart". The man is a genius. These songs are all simply writers demos.
Sweetheart was written for the groom's entrance at a wedding. The bride has her song... Now the groom has his. I have a version a little over a minute long coming soon that is the perfect length for the groom's entrance during a wedding.
"Rose" was written for an HBO series which required Tom Waits sounding music. So I did my best to write and sing his style. I'm rather proud of the lyrics and story. I produced it and will recut the vocal in my own voice shortly. But I wanted to share it.
All other songs were written by myself and Garey Shelton for our album "Walls"..
You'll notice there are various styles in these samples of music I've written. It's from playing so many styles as a studio musician I've come to love them all. So I guess I don't fit in any "box" but my own. I like that freedom.
That's my career in a nut shell. I live to write, record, and perform music and to bring a smile and love to all who listen.