"Music is utterly subjective. Everyone who hears your music will have their own unique experience and opinion. Let It Be So."
I have been in the industry for a few decades, writing, producing but most of all, performing live. I have never tired of the rush that comes from making a connection with a crowd of strangers who, by the end of the concert, I can call quite a few of them, a "friend."
I have been blessed to work with a slew of iconic personalities in music. In the early to mid 80s, I was a member of The Drifters which featured two of the original members from the Ben E. King era of the group. Charlie Thomas and the late bass singer, Elsbeary Hobbs. With that group on tour, we worked alongside such classic artists and producers as Little Anthony and The Imperials, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Brook Benton, Gene Chandler, Del Shannon, Lesley Gore, The Four Tops, Temptations, Dick Clark and many more. I also taught vocals at Fur Peace Ranch, a music camp retreat owned and run by Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer, Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. You could say, I went to the real school of Rock and Roll. I not only sang but paid close attention to their performance styles, production techniques and personalities. What stuck with me the most was, how unique on to themselves each one of them were. No two were alike. It taught me the importance of being yourself in any artistic situation. That would serve me well when, I later went on to work with A cappella legends, The Persuasions. I replaced the legendary lead vocalist, The late great Jerry Lawson. At the request of The Persuasions now the late master bass man, James "Jimmy" Hayes, I was asked to join the group. I approached it as an honor and great opportunity. Together we recorded several albums, which I arranged and co-produced, including "Knockin' On Bob's Door, a Dylan salute and a double vinyl album set with Canadian rock group, Barenaked Ladies called "Ladies and Gentlemen -Barenaked Ladies and The Persuasions.", I was the vocal background arranger for the album.
Always asking myself 'what next?,' the answer came back that it was time to truly be myself, and do my own music. I consider myself an autumn child, as my mother had me when she was 40. Everything in my life that truly matters to me came later in life than usual. I prefer to believe things only happen for me when I am truly ready for them... ...marriage, my kids, etc. So, it is quite natural to me that my music is no different. I am very pleased to share that with you now.