How would you classify your music?
I would say my music falls into several categories, folk rock, country, Americana, spiritual and Christian.
Depending on the song. Generally my songs tell a story or share an experience.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Cat Stevens, The Beatles, James Taylor, The Police (Sting), Buddy Holly.
3. What do you want fans to take from your music?
I want them to feel a sense of connection. I hope my songs connect to their own experiences and in that connection they can realize they are not alone. They are loved and special and precious.
Can you tell us a bit about your latest album? When will it be released and how does it differ from your previous work?
My new album is called “CHAINED”. It is available now. It includes 10 songs. The songs fall into different categories, country, folk rock, Americana, Spiritual and Christian. I wanted the new album to be a reflection l the various styles of songs I write. I spent 6 months working in the Clear Glass Recordings studio producing this album. The songs were written during the last 3 years. This new album is different than my previous albums because it is a mix of various music categories and includes Christian music which I have never recorded or released before. I also think it is a very honest album, doesn’t pull any punches, there is alot of raw feelings and emotions in these songs.
What do you love and hate about the Music Business?
I love sharing my music with others and getting there feedback good or bad.
If my songs can cheer them up, help them reflect or crystalize a thought, In my mind I have been successful.
I feel the music industry is often to numbers driven which mutes the joy music brings.
6. What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
When I was in college, Waylon Jennings and the Crickets (Buddy Holly’s Rhythm section) came to our campus to play.
A friend of mine got hired as a temporary roadie and let me use his pass to watch the concert from back stage. The music was awesome and I had a chance to hang with the performers in the green room. Best Concert experience so far. I love playing live. Connecting with the audience and sharing the experience of the songs together is a blast. I must admit, I still worry that I will screw up live on stage and sometimes I do. However when the music is in the groove it’s the best.
7. Is there a song on this latest CD that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
I must admit is is really hard to choose just one song. I love them all for different reasons. I would have to say the title song “CHAINED” stands out from the rest. It captures a real experience that many in relationships deal with at times. The fact that the one who feels chained has decided by the end of the song to hang in there and work things out is for me very uplifting and speaks to the depth of the love they have.
8. How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years? What made you decide to come back into the music business?
My evolution as an artist over the last several years has been more internal than external. My writing skills have improved immensely and I have learned more about crafting my songs than I ever new before. I have also learned to connect more honestly to my feelings and how to let those feelings be reflected in my music writing and performance.
My break from the music business lasted over 25 years. Although I released several albums during that period I was not doing live performances and did very little to promote the releases. I never stopped writing new songs. I felt that the songs needed to be shared. With each additional song written I felt more and more pressure to produce a new album.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
I would choose Cat Stevens in the heyday of his career I would love to write and perform with him. I would also choose Buddy Holly, who in his short career did so much to advance music. He was an awesome songwriter.
So tell us what’s next?
I am continuing to write more songs with the intentions of producing another album in 2016. I will be doing more live performances and hope to play at SXSW in Austin,Texas this year. I also hope to sign a number of music licensing deals so my songs can be utilized in upcoming T.V. shows.