SongVault Artist Profile
Indiana, United States
Christian Pop / Rock / Modern Rock
I donít have many memories of age 5, but what I do remember involves Beatles. Who knows how or why, but somehow a 5 year old was affected for the rest of his life. Thatís who I was. Thatís what I wanted to be. As I got older, music became the center of everything. I picked up a guitar when I was 8, taught myself some chords and hung out with my dad and uncle when they played. When I was 13, I heard John Denver. Suddenly, this became real. Here was a guy with goofy looking hair and glasses, playing guitar, writing songs and singing by himself. I thought, hey I could do that!
After years of playing in bands, talent shows, and living the ďrock and roll lifestyleĒ, I realized something was missing. This wasnít what I thought it would be. The closer I got to the business, the less satisfying it became. Even finding a wife and starting a family wasnít enough. It was better, but not quite enough. I met a guy named Eric Brown, a songwriter who was forming a band. He was well organized, dedicated, and had some really good songs. I didnít realize they were Christian songs right away. But that didnít matter, it was a good band with good music. I was learning more about songwriting while being witnessed to at the same time. Before long I began to realize there was something more to this than Iíd seen before. God was with this band, taking me places I had never been, mentally, musically, and spiritually. I became a believer. One of my first prayers was ďOK, now what? Where do I go? What would you have me do?Ē. Bands, of course, come and go. I drifted from band to band, gig to gig, until my path crossed with Jon Porter. He sat in one night at a gig in Greensburg. The connection was instantaneous, like we were supposed to meet. A few days later, he called to see if I was interested in playing in the church Praise Band he was leading. That was somewhere around 1995 and I have yet to leave. All these years I have been listening, learning, praying, and growing in my faith - Finding what was missing all those bands ago. My favorite lyric from John Lennon is ďLife is what happens to you when youíre busy making other plansĒ. That is exactly right. Iím living day to day, enjoying my family, my church, and my life. Iíve never stopped writings songs. And the fever hits me from time to time to share them with people with the hope that maybe, someone might see or hear something that makes sense in their life. Maybe they too will find that what theyíre missing in life is Jesus. Iím not chasing charts or glory anymore. That doesnít really matter in the grand
scheme of things anyway. I try to please God, my family, and myself. Thatís all I can ever really hope for.