In the beginning...
As a bass player in R&B bands, my musical journey started in Omaha, Nebraska. Forming the group Crackin', we released four records, one on MGM/Polydor and three on Warner Brothers Records. Those original band mates and I remain close, many of us pursuing rewarding musical careers. The talented producers we worked with, Russ Titleman and Michael Omartian, gave me the background and confidence to become a music producer.
Along the way - from LA to Nashville
Since 1979 I have paved the way to a gratifying, successful career as a record producer and songwriter. My first hit was the song "Steal Away," co-written with my dear friend Robbie Dupree. With my wonderful and talented production partner for many years, Peter Bunetta, we produced Robbie's debut album, which led to a 1980 Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.
The Dupree album was followed by pop and R&B productions with Matthew Wilder ("Break My Stride"), Patti LaBelle ("New Attitude"), two records with The Temptations, and the only record Smokey Robinson won a Grammy for, "One Heartbeat," which included the hits "Just to See Her" and "One Heartbeat." After multiple productions for Motown, Peter and I worked with Kenny G on his "Silhouette" record and produced the title track for Michael Bolton's "Soul Provider," which generated over 7 million in worldwide sales. Following my relocation to the Nashville area from Los Angeles, productions with Kathy Troccoli and Clay Crosse have generated more than 10 top songs on the CCM charts.
My songwriting has achieved Billboard top 5 songs in four different formats:
“Steal Away” – Robbie Dupree (Pop)
“Look What You Started” – The Temptations (R&B)
“I Call Your Name” – Clay Crosse (CCM)
“Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” - Shenandoah/Alison Krause (Country song that also won the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration)
As in the beginning, I maintain a deep passion for all music and continue to write, publish and produce music in all genres. I consider it a privilege to work on the musical journey of new and established artists. Their adventure is mine.
In addition to my productions and writing, over the past several years, I have returned to honing my bass playing skills. I have toured with Robbie Dupree in Japan, France, and upstate New York.
Living in a historic home in Franklin, TN, with my wife, we also house two dogs, and eight, yes, eight cats. We have two amazing daughters in their 20s, now living in California.