Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a Suburb of Denver, Colorado known as Lakewood. It was a great place for a kid, lots of young families. I remember we stayed outside late with no worries, playing tennis baseball till it got dark, and then a game called kick the can, pleasant memories.
What influenced you to get into music?
I was in a bad car accident when I was 14. I was a big jock up untill then. I was bedridden for about five months, then a two year recovery period. My Grandmother bought me a guitar, a harmony all mahagony and that started the whole deal. I was always into singing and then when the accident happened I learned guitar and piano. I was a die hard folkie Dylan, Lightfoot, Simon and Garfunkel, Prine etc.
When did you start writing songs professionally?
I was finishing my masters degree in Special Education at the age of 45, and was talking with my friend Doug Howe, a music teacher, and we got onto the regret thing. You know what will you regret the most when you're 70. I came up with not trying to be a professional songwriter. I have been writing songs since I was 15 and played professionally most of my life, but never considered songwriting as a profession. I graduated, had no major ties in Colorado, so I moved to Nashville. About a year later, I got a staff writing deal with Ash Street Music and that was an education about commercial songwriting.
How many songs would you say you have written?
II have written over five hundred songs.
What is a recording session like for you? Do you create the music first?
I come in with a finished song, both Melody and lyrics. I may adjust the melody a bit to fit my musical range, but its pretty much all done. Studio Time is expensive.
Between all the places you have been, Nashville, Florida, London, Colorado, which place had the biggest impact on your music career?
I am not sure one place had a bigger impact. Each place taught me different aspects of writing and performing. Certainly Europe taught me a lot about experiencing life and gave me a good source of subjects, Colorado was all learning how to play, Nashville was the biggest concerning how to craft a song and Florida I just played some festivals down there, such a Frank Brown International Songwriters festival.
Where do you generally record?
I have a good friend AJ Bigler, who has a home studio and I use him.
Do you still perform live a lot?
Yes, mostly songwriters nights.Some shows at local venues, and a few festivals
Tell us about your latest project.
I am currently working on a new ep which I hope to have out by November of 2018. This one is taking longer than my others due to unforseen circumstances but I will get 'er done.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I will alway be writing and performing. I just got into the Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and that will be great. I also got a new cut recently with my friend, number one writer Gerald Smith, so that was a thrill. I love music and will not quit playing untill I shuffle off this mortal coil. Thanks for the oppurtunity to do this interview.
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