I am a solo pianist and composer who resides
in Fayetteville NC. If you were to ask me to describe
my piano style, I would say somewhere between Chopin,
David Lanz and Jim Chappell. I strive to put melody
and heart into all my piano compositions.
“It’s all about the melody” I like to say: “I believe that a melody should be distinctive, memorable, well-formed and expressive. All too often as a keyboard player it’s tempting for the melody to be simply notes in between each PLUNK of a chord or the last bit layered on top of a chord progression. I beleive a melody should stand on its own. You should able to play it alone without accompaniment and it make logical and lyrical sense.”
Currently I am working on recording my debut album “Songs From My Heart” This will feature 18 tracks of solo piano music and piano with ensemble. I am also in the process of building a piano tutorial which will be named Creative Piano Tools. This membersite will feature instructional videos on creating piano compositions and explore the songwriting process as it applies to solo piano.
I am largly a self-taught musician. I as a bit of a late bloomer. I did not have my beginning as a “child prodigy pianist”. I did however grow up in an environment where I was exposed to a wide variety of music.
“I grew up listening to the highly melodic music of the Mo-town era, the
timeless melodies of the Classical Masters as well as the songs we sing at our Kingdom Halls, we call “Kingdom Melodies”. “All of these musical influences had a tremendous impact on my melodic style”.
The Missing Ingredient:
By the early 90’s I had established himself among my family and friends as a capable pianist and was beginning to experiment with writing melodies and songwriting. But something was missing. “I was writing melodies and experimenting with songwriting, but I could not seem to find “my voice”. I was not drawn to pop, jazz or classical writing though I loved all these types of music.”
“Then one day I heard a song from the album “Summer” by George Winston. I bought that album and listened and listened. That was it! This was the style I was looking for: New Age Piano Solo. Later I discovered other New Age Pianists like David lanz, Jim Chappell, Yanni, Jim Brickman and Wayne Gratz.” This Style suited perfectly to my own “inner voice” and the melodies I was begining to write.”
As I was trying to find his own musical voice, I was always
disappointed by the lack of material on how to write New Age type solo
piano music. “Most of what I found was pop and jazz training and when
I did find a book that mentioned New Age piano, it was showing how to
sound like New Age piano, but it not from a true New Age artist and lacked much depth.”
“How I wished that true a New Age pianist like George Winston or Jim Brickman
would teach a songwriting course showing how they wrote their songs. How they came up with the melodies, chord progressions and left hand patterns.
“Somewhere along the way I promised that once I had written enough songs and gained enough songwriting experience, I would share what I had learned with other pianists who were trying to do the same as I was.”
As a result “Creative Piano Tools” was born.