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My interest in music began at a very early age. Like many, it began in the elementary school system where I was exposed and began playing brass instruments in the school orchestra and marching bands. Additionally, music was at home; my father and sister were organ students. Growing up, my parents took the family to see gospel singing groups and I heard the sounds of commitment souls, belief , harmonies and instruments. Groups like the Swan Silvertones, 5 Alabama Blind Boys, Mahalia Jackson and others that are still rooted in me today. It lead to me eventually playing for my church during my early teen years and continued through my military engagement.
The most significant memory that influenced my desire to be a musician was seeing the performance of a group called Side Effects. I witnessed a young lady playing the piano and singing that was so profound. I literally stood right in front her amazed of the talent and commitment to her craft. It was something about her presence that was intriguing ; beyond a musician and singer. Years later , I was listening to some gospel on the radio and this song touch me deeply, The singer on the radio, I later learned was the women I saw many years ago. Her name is Helen Baylor. I now understand why I remember that performance so vividly. There was something very deep about that performance many years ago. That soul, that commitment, that realness can only be achieve by knowing and accepting the fact there is a higher source. It is a prerequisite to making music that changes people. That day I knew my passion.