....In front of the Johnny Cash wall

in Nashville


I WRITE SONGS. IT’S NOT JUST WHAT I DO. IT’S WHO I AM. SINCE I WAS VERY YOUNG, IT WAS THE NATURAL THING TO DO. MUSIC IS MY LIFE. I STARTED PLAYING GUITAR AT  9. I WROTE MY FIRST SONG AT 10.  I STARTED MY FIRST BAND AT 11.  IN OUR FIRST SET LIST OF TEN SONGS, TWO OF THEM WERE ORIGINALS OF MINE. CRAZY!

I WANT TO WRITE THE KIND OF MUSIC THAT ROCKS! THE KIND THAT  MAKES YOU WANNA CRANK IT UP AND ROLL THE WINDOWS DOWN! THE KIND THAT SAYS SOMETHING YOU CAN RELATE TO. SOMETHING YOU CAN HOLD ON TO. SOMETHING THAT PLAYS AROUND IN YOUR HEAD AND MAKES YOU WONDER “WHAT SONG IS THAT??”.  THE KIND OF MUSIC THAT CONNECTS YOU TO YOURSELF, THAT EMPOWERS YOU TO BE WHO YOU WANNA BE. SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU WANNA MOVE AND SOMETHING THAT MOVES YOU.

I AM A SINGER/SONGWRITER.  I LOVE PLAYING IN “SONGWRITER ROUNDS” AROUND THE COUNTRY. I TRIED THE ARTIST THING A COUPLE OF TIMES IN MY CAREER, AND IT WAS COOL, BUT DOING THE SINGER/SONGWRITER THING REALLY SUITS ME.  I CAN TAKE MY SONGS, IN THEIR PUREST FORM, DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE. AND TO ALL OF YOU THAT COME OUT TO MY SHOWS, THANK YOU FOR LISTENING, AND COMING UP AFTERWARDS TO TALK TO ME ABOUT THE SONGS I PLAYED.  THAT MEANS THE WORLD TO ME.  I LOVE MEETING NEW FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE ALBUMS IS TOM PETTY’S “WILD FLOWERS”.

SOME OF MY INFLUENCES ARE THE BEATLES, THE ROLLING STONES. PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE, POCO, DAN FOGELBERG, JOURNEY, ALABAMA, BRUCE HORNSBY AND JOHNNY CASH.

THE THING I DO WHEN I FIRST WAKE UP IS THE COFFEE THING IN MY FAVORITE CUP OR TWO GETS ME GOIN’ GOT THINGS TO DO, LET ME TELL YOU A THING OR TWO. (A LINE FROM THE SONG “EVERYTHING’S A THING” I CO-WROTE WITH JOE NICHOLS AND WIL NANCE, JUST ABOUT SUMS UP IT UP).

IT’S BEEN THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME, A PATH THAT RESEMBLES A STOCK MARKET CHART OR A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE, BUT YOU KNOW, I WOULDN’T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY.  I HAVE KNOWN FOR MOST OF MY LIFE THAT GOD GAVE ME THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF MUSIC, AND HE INTENDED FOR ME TO USE THE GIFT. MY MOTHER WAS AN ACCOMPLISHED PIANO PLAYER AND SINGER AND MY FATHER A “FEATURE STORY” WRITER. I INHERITED MY WRITING AND MUSIC SKILLS FROM MOM AND DAD, PLUS THE SUPPORT FROM BOTH OF THEM TO PURSUE MY DREAMS.

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WHAT MAKES MY  WORLD GO ROUND

.....#1 Party for "Watching You" at BMI Nashville

...Karl Braun & me on the 31st floor of the Fifth/Third Building in Nashville

​In our Cameo roll  in the Lash Kelley video