I didn't grow up singing a cappella in the church. I sang in the old people's "traditional" choir with the pianist playing from the hymnal while the sang for the rafters. I was a band geek, so I didn't get to sing with my school's aptly named show choir A Cappella. My first time performing was singing along to The Nylons' "Kiss Him Goodbye" on a bus trip in high school. I was hooked. I even took my nearly worn-out copy of Seamless with me when I studied in Togo in the summer of '90 and played it every day. A Canadian group linking me back to the United States.
I've been involved actively in the a cappella world since 1990. I sang with the collegiate groups His-N-Hers and Carolina Tar Heel Voices at the UNC-Chapel Hill and with the semi-pro groups The Accidentals [of North Carolina] and hearsay during my graduate school years.
I was one of the first "ambassadors" for CASA the Contemporary A Cappella Society (formerly of America) back in the early '90s, when we were still reading the Collegiate A Cappella News and most of the people used the classified ads to hook up with others while on tour.
I relocated to Memphis, TN in 2008 to work at a big fundraising organization for a well-respected Children's research hospital. After living in North Carolina for 37 years, it was a massive change.
I'm the Performance Director for DeltaCappella. The guys are awesome. Though, I do miss singing with The Seven Deadly Bibs in North Carolina. With the 'fellas, we've headlined the VocalAsia festival in 2015, won the inaugural VoiceJam in 2015, and several CARAs. We've opened for Take 6, Naturally 7, Patti Austin, Sonos/ARORA, and New York Voices among others. I originated the role of Flute/Thisbe on the world premiere performance and recording of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2011.
I am the Vice-President of the Contemporary A Cappella League CAL and the Executive Producer for sing compilation albums
THINGS I'VE DONE:
I served as president of the Triangle Gay Men's Chorus for three years. Was Artistic Director of an African American theatre company called New Traditions Theatre where I directed an award-wining production of "The America Play". I performed in three concerts on Broadway with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ann Harada, and Melissa Errico in Oliver!; Ben Vereen, Rosie O'Donnell, Michael Arden, Cameron Mathison, Billy Porter, Terry Mann, Charles Busch and Kate Shindle in a production of Pippin, and Jai Rodruigez, John Tartaglia, Julia Murney and Norm Lewis for the NYC-premiere of Children of Eden.
319 total reviews (282 albums and 37 singles)