Singer, Songwriter, Composer, & Keynote Speaker
Age 11: Two experiences converged that set the trajectory of my life:
(1.) Strummed a one finger G chord on a baritone ukulele. The skies parted. Started spending every spare moment learning to play stringed instruments along with figuring out songs on my parents' upright piano.
(2.) Habitually snuck a transistor radio* to bed.
*a transportation device that introduced me to an irresistible world of singers and songwriters. Learned every song I could.
Age 13: Life dream is set:
Make music. In Nashville, TN.
Age 22: Left my West Virginia home for Music City.
Age 22 - present: A winding road of peaks and valleys. Hats worn include recording artist, touring performer, songwriter, composer, actor, ,music director and band leader,
A member of the country music class of '89.
Scored radio hits, toured internationally. Nominated with Garth Brooks and Clint Black for 1990 ACM new male vocalist.
Moreover, and more importantly, my role as a husband (32 years) and father (25 years);
have easily been the most creative and rewarding gigs of my life.
I've hit the top of the charts, missed the charts, but my life has been off the charts.
Present - Future: More creative than ever, writing, performing, producing. I am grateful for the rich tapestry of experiences that has been my life.