Red Carpet Interview
Nominated for Record of the Year – 21st Annual LA Music Awards “Unwanted Man”
2011 Nominee – Country Artist of the Year (Chris P. Ellis Award) – 21st Annual LA Music Awards
2011 Nominee – Country Single of the Year – 21st Annual LA Music Awards “Dress for the Rain”
2011 Nominee – Country Album of the Year – 21st Annual LA Music Awards “Unwanted Man”
2011 Nominee – Male Vocalist of the Year – 21st Annual LA Music Awards
2011 Nominee – Showcase Artist of the Year – 21st Annual LA Music Awards
2012 Nominee – Country Single of the Year – 22nd Annual LA Music Awards “Muscle Shoals”
2012 Nominee – Chris P. Ellis Country Artist of the Year – 22nd Annual LA Music Awards
As far back as I can remember I’ve been a performer – driven by an inner need to convey my feelings to others. I’ve thrived on entertaining people and found great joy in bringing a smile to their faces – in sharing laughter, love and even tears.
Growing up, my childhood was far from comfortable. However, if my parents had one thing in common, it was their love of music. For Mom it was Janis Joplin, Roberta Flack, and Fleetwood Mac. While for my Father it was the country sounds of Waylon, Willie & Johnny Cash. Music became a refuge from my family turmoil and by the time I was fifteen, I was writing my own songs and performing in bars.
Over the years, I’ve played a wide variety of music – from Top 40 rock to blues, country and even heavy metal. Regardless of musical genre, I believe that performers have a responsibility to their audience and to their fans. It pleases me to say that one constant across all of my musical performances is the pride I’ve taken in giving my audiences a great show! In return, I’ve been rewarded many times over with their support, love and encouragement as I pursued my musical dreams.
Recently, I had the opportunity to work with Tommy Tutone (of “867-5309 Jenny” fame). Together, we cut a five-song demo that created quite a buzz in the Nashville music community. My voice was variously described as “big”, “bluesy”, “powerful”, “country”, “smokey” and even “jazzy”! Well, the demo that Tommy and I recorded eventually led me to Mark Oliverius, an exceptional producer who was able to help me truly “find my voice”. Our musical collaboration resulted in this CD — Unwanted Man.
I have tremendous respect for all of the wonderful singers and songwriters who’ve come before me. In pouring over an incredible amount of material for this project, I wanted to give something back to those artists whose music has been so influential in so many lives – including my own. You might say that this mix of southern rock, country ballads and good ol’ butt-kickin’ music is an homage to those songwriting greats. It’s definitely a collection that sings to me!
While I love all the tracks on this recording, I’m especially proud to have contributed my own composition, “He Lied”, which I wrote about my less-than-perfect relationship with my Dad. I also feel privileged to have been able to sing with the legendary Lorrie Morgan. When you listen to our duet on “Dress For The Rain”, you’ll know why I’m so excited about her participation and friendship!
Unwanted Man is the product of a long but rewarding musical journey. I hope that you – my valued friends and fans – will enjoy listening to this music as much as I enjoyed making it for you!