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 Carolina's 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 MarkV label. It went out to 800 radio stations and charted at #33 on the gospel indie charts.
September 1997, as a member of the Gospel Music Association, I was invited to sing on stage (with all the other members) at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY. I had the honor of singing with Bill Gaither and his Homecoming Friends. The occasion was to honor legendary, gospel songwriter, Dottie Rambo, and we sang her songs for about an hour. It was one of the most exciting times of my life, as I had just finished my last chemo treatment for cancer. It was definitely the best medicine God could have given and his timing was perfect; as always.
2008-2009 I had the privilege and honor of being 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 comeback, having two major concerts at the Bojangles Coliseum and at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, NC , when he was stricken with cancer. A comeback wasn't to be. Gary died at the early age of 51, in August, 2010. A wonderful talent gone way too soon!
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 in Nashville, TN with Newfoundland 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. http://www.reverbnation.com/chrisgillmusic.
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. Of 127 songs, It reached #2 on the Reverbnation Gospel Chart for Nashville, TN 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 which was held in August, 2015.
A BMI affiliated writer and publisher, I tried song plugging while in Nashville. As a plugger, I worked with Nashville professional writers and was honored to be accepted by Warner Music and get their songs into the hands of Blake Shelton's producer, Scott Hendricks. It's almost a miracle for these doors to open to anyone. What a blessing! I also produced 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, God has given me a wonderful talent in music which helped me heal and has made my spirit and soul very happy. And at the young age of 68, I am looking forward to many more good things to come.