Strings of Praise
I'm pleased to announce the release of my latest music CD. It is called 'Strings of Praise' due to the fact that I play a collection of stringed instruments on a dozen of today's most popular Christian Contemporary praise songs. It's all instrumental with me playing EVERYTHING on all the tracks (Guitars, Bass, Drums, Violins, Mandolin and guitar synthesizer for background keyboards, choral voices, horns, strings, etc...) If you like George Benson, Earl Klugh, Larry Carlton and Chet Atkins; you will enjoy this CD. I have played the guitar since I was 9 years old. At age 14 I began appearing regularly on local live Radio and TV shows on the affiliates of CBS (KOIN) and ABC (KATU) as a guest soloist all during high school. During college I appeared locally on stage as the lead guitarist in traveling shows with Glen Campbell, Buck Owens, Sherri Lewis, Burl Ives, and other shows including the Ice Capades orchestra, Rose Festival Concert orchestra and others. I also was hired at times as a studio musician to record music for TV and radio commercials. The summer I graduated from PSU I appeared with Della Reese for two weeks at the grand opening of the GreenWood Inn. I also had a full load of guitar and banjo students and I worked full time at Portland Music Company for several years. In the late 70's I used my education and transitioned into the "hi-tech" marketing jobs, climbing the corporate ladder at companies like Tektronix, Hewlett-Packard and others -- leaving my music behind. After 18 years of that I went into business for myself, running an ad agency for 9 years and then getting my real estate license in 1999. The nice thing about our work in real estate is the ability to make our own decisions as to how to spend our time. I have been fortunate enough to be able to make a good living in real estate with time left over to again pursue my love for music. For the last 7 years I have been studying the violin with Hugh Ewart, the retired CONCERTMASTER of the Oregon Symphony. My in home recording studio includes a 32 track digital recording platform, a digital drum machine and a guitar synthesizer that allows me to create almost any instrument or voice sound with a special guitar plugged into it that drives the synthesizer. I play, record and teach ALL styles of guitar (acoustic, electric and classical), mandolin, violin, bass and 5-string banjo. My dream is to get some record producer somehwere to 'discover' me and help me launch a recording career like George Benson, Earl Klugh and Larry Carlton have enjoyed..... as there are not that many good instrumental guitarists producing albums these days with 'listenable music' for 'adults'.