I started playing guitar at six years of age and began taking lessons at age seven. By the time I was nine years old, I was teaching beginner students with Leroy Field at Bob McGinnis Music Company in Greenville, South Carolina. I had begun performing with a limited song list at age eight and was signed to a management company when twelve years old. I recorded my first record (a single 45) when fourteen years old and was happy to have Otis Forrest (Mark Five Studios House Pianist back then) on the ivories. Otis has since gone on to win the Dove Award and has been nominated for 3 Grammy Awards among other things. The record's Side A: Everyday became the number one requested song on the three local radio stations. Side B: What's A Cookin' In Yo' Kitchen climbed to 36 on the same local charts. I won every talent contest I ever entered including the Kingston Springs, Tennessee talent contest which was a mandatory precursor to be able to compete in The Mid-South Youth Fair Talent Contest in Memphis, Tennessee. There I had my first talent contest loss. Out of 503 young performing artists, I placed 19th having performed 'Everyday' with a hired band out of Stutgart, Arkansas and with no rehearsal. Not long thereafter, I played my tune live on WSM Radio Station (probably the biggest, most popular AM radio station for Country Music in history). I later auditioned for a spot on the TV show, Hee-Haw. The audition took place at Bud Wingard's home (one of the major writers for the show who wrote all the 'Where Oh Where Are You Tonight' lyrics for the show). I landed the spot and performed Everyday on camera. Sadly, this episode never made it into Syndication along with several other great episodes. I am happy to have been able to meet several Country Music Legends there in the TV Studio. I traveled around doing the hotel circuit up through most of the remainder of school. I attended the Greenville County Fine Arts Center for two years gathering college credits in Voice and Music Theory. I also attended some specialty schools in both Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee for two years while under contract. After all my schooling, I got married and dropped out of music for a couple of years to get a family going. I taught guitar, bass and coached vocals off and on for a time then auditioned for a group named Southlan' and landed the job. While with this group, I was involved in a car accident that ultimately led me to again, dropping out of music. Not long thereafter, I started doing gospel music and performed with several groups until I hooked up with Kindred Heart, a Christian Rock band that has since disbanded, but still has an enormous fan base. I left Kindred Heart to take my music career in a different direction by becoming and audio engineer in a small studio I had purchased an interest in. That led to producing which rapidly became my passion. I produced many upstart artists up and down the Eastern Seaboard from New York to Florida in the studio over the next couple of years. I was humbled to have Dee Clark (Hey Little Girl, Raindrops) sitting in my Control Room when he and his Daughter stopped by while they were on the road for a tour. Dee called it his Comeback Tour. Dee even sang his two biggest hits while my business partner and I played to back him. Within weeks of playing with Dee, he was gone. He died in Smyrna, Georgia of a heart attack on December 7, 1990. His last concert was in Anderson, SC on stage at The Portman Lounge with The Jimmy Gilstrap Band. He was too nice a man to have had such a rough run of luck. We also had a former member of James Brown's group recording at our studio among many others. All that was a blast! Later on I began to arrange covers and write originals in my small home studio. I spent eleven years composing a Christian Contemporary Musical which I hope to get published someday. Now that I am back home, I'm traveling the path of getting back into the music industry on the performing end and it's finally looking like I'm getting some musicians together for a new twist on an older sound.
In short.... Music? It's simply what I do!
Singer-Songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Arranger, Vocal Coach, Multi-Instrumentalist, Record Producer, Manager, Booking Agent