How did this new album and overall concept for it come about, and what are your ultimate goals with it?
It came about by my wanting to do something that would be different, where if you heard my song you would not be able to tell who the artist was. Most artists have a music “signature” pattern and there is nothing wrong with that. However, I wanted my music to be truly different and not mimic anyone else. My ultimate goal and hope was that everybody who had the opportunity to hear my music would like it and buy it.
What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of recording a new album?
The most challenging aspect of recording a new album is starting with absolutely nothing. Coming up with the music to record is not easy, there is a lot of work involved. You have to make the music have musical sense. What this means is that once it leaves a note or a chord it has to make sense and correspond to the other notes and chords. A lot of thinking goes into recording a new album – a lot.
What elements do you look for in a song that makes it especially satisfying for you to perform?
The elements that I look for in performing a song would be love and heart. It must touch the soul and have a unique musical arrangement.
If you were asked (and we are asking now!) for your advice as to what the Smooth Jazz format could do moving forward to insure its relevance and growth, what would your suggestion(s) be?
To ensure relevance and growth, Smooth Jazz should continue to follow through on all new jazz artists whose demos offer potential. Each artist work very hard on their projects and the window of opportunity is usually small for us. Having a venue where the music can be heard and appreciated is a great reward for both the radio station and the artist.
What is your favorite charity or cause you work for and why?
The cause that is closest to my heart involves the worldwide Bible educational work that I participate in on a weekly basis. Wherever I may be location-wise, I can share in this important activity. This is a life-saving work and has an impact on a person right now in the community and in the future. I also participate in the American Cancer Society “Relays for Life” in my area. I have participated in walks, as well as performed as a guitarist at various fund raisers.
What drives me to “do what I do” with my music?
I know that I have been entrusted with a wonderful gift that has power. Music is something that can actually change a person’s life for the good or for the bad. There are many people using music, however, if it is perceived in the wrong way, it can steer many into the wrong way of living their life. So I try to be careful of that and always produce good music.