I live in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. As a child, whenever I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would say, “a singer”. I did sing as a child and as a teenager, but came to realize that I was not a great vocalist. I played guitar a little, played bass and saxophone as a teenager, and entered Memorial University of Newfoundland, having passed the entrance exams for the school of music, but was not up to par on my instrument (saxophone) for entrance. My studies shifted, and that was the end of any formal kind of music education until now.
Early in my adult life, I began doing children’s programs which included a large element of music. I wrote and recorded two children’s albums in the 90’s and ended up traveling across North America over a 9 year span, first based in Ontario (Canada), and for a few years based in Missouri.
Off the road, but still working with kids for another 9 years, there was lots of music involved, leading teams and directing musicals (of which I was always part of the cast), songs, choreography, etc. I wrote a kids musical, and staged and filmed it for TV and DVD a couple of years ago. Yet I never felt I had the time to invest what I really felt I should be investing, into my music and writing.
In September of 2010, I decided to start writing for adults. I dedicated myself full time to my music and writing, doing three Berklee songwriting courses. This term, I am taking Vocal Technique 101, and Guitar chords 101. I believe they will help me with my songwriting, and demo production – and I might even end up using the skills in a performance capacity, creating another outlet for the music I write.
Though I have never been an “exceptional” musician, I know that being all I was meant to be, is not about comparing myself with others. I have always taken what I have to offer and found ways to give it. And I have spent years encouraging others to do just that: Dream big – and go for it! No one else can offer the world what you have to offer. Right now, I have set my goals on becoming an “exceptional” songwriter. . . and that’s what I’ll be!
“You will never possess what you are unwilling to pursue”. GO FOR GREATNESS!