From there to here…
I arrived in Nashville, TN at the beginning of the Contemporary Christian Music movement and found a home among that creative community of Christian musicians. While writing songs and performing whenever and wherever possible, I was approached by MYRRH Record label, a new division of WORD Records, and offered a recording contract. I gladly accepted, bringing along my fellow band members. As a metaphor for the work of the Holy Spirit, our drummer proposed the name “Fireworks” and we were off!
Over eight years, through several group incarnations, Fireworks maintained its core emphasis on transparent ministry, meaningful songs and great vocals. We recorded five albums and traveled the country, ministering and performing in churches and Christian music festivals as part of a second wave of the “Jesus Music” movement which had swept America and Europe. (more about Fireworks)
Writing, recording and performing became the way forward…
“Singing is not about perfection. Allow your skill and vulnerability to mingle. Everything you are and all that you know contribute to the character of your voice.” MM
Our ministry became a training ground for me and a sign of things to come as I soon accepted a position as worship leader and creative arts pastor at McLean Bible Church, a thriving Washington, DC area mega church. I’d led worship many times during my career as a Christian performer, but the job of being a worship leader as a member of a church staff was new to me and I had a lot to learn.
Guest Lecturing at Liberty University Music Department
I also had great opportunities to train other singers.
Broadening my teaching trajectory, I’m excited to be developing a new platform for coaching. Besides sharing through my blog and resources, I’ve created a soon-to-be-released online course for beginning and experienced singers.
My contemporary vocal course provides the fundamentals of singing for any style or level of expertise.
I’m excited to make this course available and my commitment is to offer the best of what I have learned so far to assist others on their own music path! (more about the course)
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and I hope to connect with you in the days ahead!