How did this new album and overall concept for it come about, and what are your ultimate goals with it?
I always wanted to do a remake of this song. The reason being it has all the elements I like; an effortless melody, interesting changes that help set the mood for soloing and also an opportunity for me to pay tribute to Grover Washington Jr. My hope is to have this single create the opportunity to produce an entire album.
At what point in your life did you make the decision to become a professional musician and actually record your own albums?
I was going to Ohio University rehearsing the band I was in at the time. A friend of the bass player asked me if I had some marijuana. I said yes, we smoked; he became ill and insisted I take him to the hospital. Later that night he returned to where I was staying with the police, where I was arrested for possession and distribution. After an extensive and draining pre-trial period, I decided to plead guilty in hope of receiving a fine and probation. I was in shock when the Judge sentenced me to 2 to 15 years in prison. I was 19. Thatís when I decided music was my life and sanctuary.
What aspect of the creative process, from concept to market, do you personally find to be the most rewarding?
Thatís a difficult question. I guess it would be the mix. After extensive recording, the mix is the reality check you have to face. Itís rewarding because it is one of the most challenging aspects and requires a special relationship between artist, producer and engineer. When you get it right itís a great moment.
Whatís your favorite non-music activity?
One that is very high on the list is tennis. I love the competition and the great work out.
What are you most proud of at this point in your life and career?
Iím in harmony with myself, growing closer to the Creator, enjoying my family and more appreciative than ever of the power of music.
How would you describe what inspires you to do what you do?
Justice and the responsibility to bring the world as much inspiration and joy it can handle.