Singer, lyricist, author and poet based in Ohio, U.S.A.
Singing is my passion and I have been doing it for as long as I can remember. In addition to my "normal everyday job", I also work as a DJ/Karaoke host , which helps me stay comfortable performing for various types of audiences, everyone from kids to senior citizens.
Over the past 3-4 years, I have been collaborating with a few other songwriters to add music to my lyrics and in turn, they have sent me some of their instrumental compositions to put lyrics to them. I have recorded some demos of my songs and theirs.
One of the projects I have been working on is an original Christmas album. I am writing the lyrics for all of the songs and working with my collaborators to write the music. I have found that writing an original Christmas song is extremely difficult and writing one in the middle of the summer seems almost impossible, so this is currently a work in progress.
I self-published my first novel entitled Legacy, which was edited by fellow Stage 32 member Rosalind Winton, owner of the One Voice Literary Agency, and the book was released in August of 2015. It is currently available through Amazon.com, Amazon Europe, BarnesandNoble.com, or can be ordered from your local bookstore. In the future, I would like to adapt this novel into a musical for the stage and possibly a screenplay as well. I have a second novel that is in the midst of the editing process. I am also published Scenarios: Inspiring Practice Exercises for Aspiring Writers, a workbook intended to be used by teachers, writing instructors and aspiring writers of all ages as a means of practicing and sharpening their writing chops.
I have written many poems throughout my life and have had a couple published in a poetry forum in a local newspaper. More recently, I have submitted several original poems to Rosalind at the One Voice Literary Agency for inclusion in a poetry anthology which is currently in development.
First Place--Adult Division, Barnesville Pumpkin Festival Talent Show, Barnesville, OH
Winner--Karaoke Contest--Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino, Racetrack, Wheeling, WV
5th Place--20 & Over--"Rising Star" Talent Contest, Benwood, WV
Participant in Star Quest National Talent Competition, Wheeling, WV
Won or placed in several smaller local competitions from mid-1980's to present .