Man, that picture brings back a lot of memories. Back in the 90’s (remember the 90’s??) I started a band called LP Outsiders. We were a hip-hop, R&B band with a few other styles tossed in. We toured the country for 8 years, got to play some amazing shows. We opened for Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Vitamin C (remember her??), Culture Club, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, and we even toured with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy! We were on a Disney Channel TV show called “2 Hour Tour” where we hung out with 98 Degrees for a week and then opened for them at one of their shows. One of our songs, “Lint In My Pockets,” was featured on the major motion picture soundtrack for the movie Three To Tango. We got to see the country, play numerous music festivals, and learn a whole lot about the music biz. It was great.
Eventually, some band members wanted to move on with their lives, start families, etc, and the band broke up. I’m not gonna lie, this break up was hard for me. I had put my heart and soul into it, especially creatively. When the band ended, so did my hopes for success in the music business.
Fast forward about 10 years…
After years of giggin’, playing piano bars, and singing “Brown Eyed Girl” every night, I finally had enough. What was I doing? I was wasting my life away. I was not doing what I was born to do. I decided I was not done pursuing my own music. I was done sleeping on a dream.
And then everything changed.
I started writing and recording again with gusto! I started studying music business and decided I wanted to take this seriously. We only get one life and I am not going to let mine go any further without pursuing what makes me happy.
I am currently in the studio with my buddy Luke DeJaynes- an amazing musician and producer out of Nashville. We are working on a new record and it is really awesome! It will be a mix of hip-hop and smooth jazz with lots of hooks and soul. I can’t wait for you to hear it! But in the meantime, I am releasing lots of new music! I will for sure keep you posted.
All this thinking about the past, got me thinking about my debut solo album I recorded right about the time LP Outsiders broke up. It’s full of lots of real life stories. It was my way of venting about the break up and some other things going on in my life. I never really released it though, other than selling a couple copies to some friends and co-workers. But recently, I’ve decided to repackage and re-release it. Which is very exciting because I’ve always loved that album.
Anyway, if you want, you can check it out here:
Life is too short to not do what we are meant to do. It’s time to wake up! No more sleeping.