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I joined NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Assoc. International) in 1990 and learned the craft of songwriting by attending many workshops and seminars offered by them. I soon became a NSAI Regional Workshop Coordinator and held monthly songwriting workshops at our local library in Kings Mountain, NC. Writers came from both Carolinas and we had a very successful workshop. Five years later, I had my first gospel song..STEP-OUT IN JESUS NAME..published by a major label in Nashville, TN, the EDDIE CROOK COMPANY, on their Chestnut Mound, BMI label. It was later added to the CAL IV catalog. I became a publisher (LIBBY SPIRES MUSIC, BMI) and had my first song..ARE YOUR READY...recorded by the New Hope Quartet, Mt. Juliet, TN on the MarkFive label. It went out to 800 radio stations and charted at #33 on the indie charts.
2008-2009, I was Fan Club President for Monroe, NC country music artist, Gary Lee Michael. Gary was honored with the prestigious Horizon Award in his early career in Nashville. In the late 90's, just days before signing with Warner Bros. he was involved in a terrible car crash and was out of the music scene about 17 years. He was trying to make a come-back with his music career, when he was stricken with cancer and died at the early age of 51 in August, 2010. A wonderful talent gone way too soon!
Living my musical dreams, I lived in Nashville, TN and worked in music from 2010-2013. I have since moved back to NC. In Feb. 2012, I was honored to be assistant producer on an album for NC country music artist, Buck Austin. The title of his album is COWBOY ON. It was a pleasure being in the Nashville studio and working with this awesome and talented artist. There is nothing I like better than working in the studio.
March and May 2013, I had the pleasure of being in the County Q Studio with Canadian artist, Chris Gill. Chris is one of the most talented people I know. He is also an awesome writer, composer and producer and is one of Canada's greatest treasures.
On August 22, 2013, Jackie Patillo, Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association, accepted one of my gospel songs...WITHOUT YOU....to pitch to Daywind Publishing for a major recording. It reached #2 on the Reverbnation Gospel Chart for Nashville and was in the top 10 for a week. At the same time, I also had a rockabilly song...CLASS OF 65...reach #1 on the Reverbnation Rockabilly Chart for Nashville. It was #1 for 16 straight days. I wrote the song for my 50th high school class reunion to be held in 2015.
A BMI affiliated writer and publisher, I also tried song plugging while in Nashville. As a plugger, I was honored to be accepted by Warner Music and get the songs of Nashville Pro-writers into the hands of Blake Shelton's producer, Scott Hendricks. I also got an independent cut with Atlanta, GA rockin' artist, Angela Reign, for a couple of Nashville writers, with their song...Tall Drink Of Water.
I am a member of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International), GMA (Gospel Music Association), ICoMA (Independent Country Music Association) and the GSC (Global Songwriters Connection.)
Life is good; glory to God! Without HIM, I am nothing. A two-time cancer survivor, he has given me a wonderful, healing talent that has made me very happy and I am looking forward to many more good things to come; at the young age of 66.