I was raised Catholic, but stopped being Catholic or even Christian because I am gay and couldn’t reconcile being gay and Christian. I felt ostracized and alone for a long time. I continued to be spiritual, though.
As for my musical interests, there are very few styles of music that I don’t like. It primarily depends on my mood. My two favorite musicians right now are Mark Weigle and Annie Lennox. However, my other favorites are Josh Groban, Enya, Girly Man, and Seal.
I’ve been writing music since high school. Several of the songs in my latest work, “Where is Love” are pieces I wrote in the late 80’s through the mid-90’s while in a long term relationship. I wrote my first choral arrangement of an original song, “Long Drive Home” for TGMC in 2001, my first choral arrangement of an existing work, “Beauty and the Beast,” in 2004, and my first truly original work for men’s chorus in 2006, “Red Rose.”
I’ve had several public performances of my work. Triangle Gay Men’s chorus debuted “Long Drive Home” in 2001, “Beauty and the Beast” in 2004, and “Red Rose in 2006. “Where is Love,” a ten movement song cycle, made it’s debut in June of 2008.
I first sang professionally with “Show Time,” a beach cover band in Atlantic Beach, NC. I joined Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus in January of 2000.
What I’ve experienced while writing it is very significant to me. I have had the unwavering support of my friends and family, and even some who at the time were strangers to me have since become significant influences in my life. I have been blessed by all the lives that have touched me, just as those who have heard this work have told me how I have blessed them.
I became a member of ASCAP in 2007.
Besides taking part in the band and chorus programs in school, I don’t have any other formal training. I am finally taking piano lessons though, and that’s going well.
I currently live in Durham, NC.