Finding My Way
I was born, adopted, and raised in Toronto, Canada. My music education began in elementary school when I played baritone in the school band and started private guitar and saxophone lessons. In high school I continued playing in the school band (trombone and saxophone) and also performed with a Dixieland-style band at local homes for the aged. High school was also my first introduction to music theory and composition. My Grade 9 English teacher inspired me to write poetry which led to early attempts at songwriting. I formed my first band (the Cobra's) and performed at house parties and school dances. In the 1980'S I started performing on a regular basis in local venues and in various Radio station-sponsored talent competitions. In 1996 I moved to the United States and where I met my biggest fan, supporter, and inspiration - wife, Shari. We married in 2000 and purchased a house in 2002 that we share with our two Scottish Terriers, Maggie and Toby. I also joined regional country music associations and play at their sponsored events. As an adoptee I never knew my birth roots. This all changed in 2008 when I was introduced to my birth relatives for the first time. Unfortunately, my birth mother was deceased, but this event provided the inspiration for my song "One of Seven Feathers" (see full story here). Given the opportunity record this song as a tribute to my birth mother and her family also opened the door for the opportunity to record some more of my own music and release a debut CD entitled "Finding My Way". In 2008 I also lost my adoptive parents. After 68 years of marriage they succumbed to a variety of age-related ailments, passing within six weeks of one another. I hope to release a new song in 2009, entitled "Guiding Hands" which is a tribute to my father. My life has been full of many interesting and life-altering experiences. I have been fortunate to have met and worked with many fine people, each of whom I have learned from, been guided by, and have been privileged to be able to call a friend. I am convinced that every single experience in my life - the good and the bad -- has happened for a reason - and that's "All I Need to Know"!