As a multiple gold record producer and singer-songwriter, I
started performing as a soloist in church at the age of two. Then at
age four, I began harmonizing, singing alto parts in duets with my 2 year old sister.
My grandmother, an accomplished pianist/organist/composer,
recognized our musical talents and was our first piano/voice teacher and
mentor. She provided piano accompaniment for my sister and I for many,
many years at various local venues, tea parties, weddings, church services,
concerts, etc. From her early nurturing I continued to develop my natural
abilities for all phases of the performing arts, through school, college,
community and professional workshops.
My acting career began in elementary school
plays, where I was encouraged by teachers to pursue drama as a vocation. While attending
Jefferson High School, I starred in several drama productions, was a principal soloist
with the school choir and participated in student leadership and athletics while maintaining
scholarship excellence. I continued this same pattern throughout my Los Angeles City College
years through Graduation from UCLA.
At the age of 10 yrs I began setting bible verses to music to help children
learn bible texts. I've written and arranged over 500 songs, both secular and sacred, three
children's musical-comedies, two movie themes, and several commercials. I've created
innumerable vocal arrangements. Many of my works are currently being performed internationally on recordings, television, internet, radio, and in churches and schools.
After earning my living for several years as a Medical Social Worker, I
embarked on an illustrious career in the music industry, barely reflected
by my abundant (but here abbreviated) resume. Writing, singing and producing for Mirwood Records, I created most of their early hits for artists: Jackie Lee, The Olympics, Bobby Garrett, The Mirettes, The Belles (I shared lead vocals with Patrice Halloway) and Bob & Earl.
My friend, Frank Wilson, who was a
producer/writer with Motown Records, enhanced my professional career when he
introduced me to that record company in December, 1964. Soon thereafter,
I was signed as a singer/songwriter/producer.
I performed onstage with Diana Ross and Lionel Richie and the Commodores and wrote and produced recordings for: The Jackson Five, The Supremes, Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas, The Four Tops, The Blackerries (Venetta Fields, Clydie King and Me), The Celebration and Stacie Johnson. I also collaborated with songwriter/producer, Deke Richards, on many of the above projects.
My voice has become a familiar sound as a result of my work in voice-overs,
commercials and as backup for many popular recording artists. A few of
the songs you might be familiar with are "Stayin' Alive" with the BeeGees,
"With A Little Help From My Friends" with Joe Cocker, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" with Stevie Wonder, "Touch Me In The Morning," with Diana Ross, The "Aja" album with Steely Dan, "Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" and "I Been Workin' On You" with The Doobie Brothers, "The Bitch Is Back" with Elton John and "Sweet Home Alabama" with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
I lived and worked in Australia from 1984 through 1988. While there, I worked with
Venetta Fields and Chong Lim in three groups,'Yu En,' 'Venetta's Taxi,' and 'The Gospel Jubilee.' During this time, I formed and recorded an 8-member group of children called, BABE. Currently, two members of that group are, Danielle de Niese, an acclaimed opera star (now residing in America) and Murray Golding, a successful Australian singer/model. I toured that country as a background singer with pop star Tim Finn," also 'Skunk' Baxter and "My Old School" band. I also shared the stage with my co-singers, Tony Faeshe and Robert Price, in the groups, "The Hi Tones" and "ZwaDa Vee."
Returning to the USA, when my family's situation demanded my full time help, I completed a three year course
at UCLA, earning a degree in Computer Graphics/Animation. I also completed additional online 'Dreamweaver' courses, in order to construct this web site.
I've had a lifetime of experience directing, writing and arranging songs for children's choirs. My sister and I wrote and produced eleven sacred songs for the CD, "A Fuzzy Ball Of Fur" featuring one of these choirs, A Band Of Angels. To purchase this CD Click here.
I wrote, arranged and produced a selection of sacred originals for my female octet, The Circle Of Love. who perform both a'cappella and to accompanied music. To purchase their self-titled CD Click here.
Additional CD's I've produced are listed in the "Music" section of this website.
In 2009 I published a Gay fiction eBook, "Half As Much," and created two related music videos, "Only Half As Much" and "I'm a Cute Little Gay Boy Inside." I'm in the process of writing a comprehensive update of the eBook for a second edition release later this year (2016).
Currently, I continue to create music videos featuring my artwork, original songs and arrangements. I'm also completing two additional novels and redecorating my home! I spend my limited spare time reading, walking (sometimes roller-skating) at the beach, playing the piano, going to movies and the Gym plus watching a few online shows...I have chosen not to own a TV which allows a vast amount of time for creative activities! Visit my Youtube channel Click here. There you can watch my videos, the lastest of which is my acappella rendition of "Wade In The Water."