Firstly, I am a Husband & Father of three daughters. This is a role I take more seriously with each passing day. After 17 years of marriage, I am learning to treasure each moment and experience as vital to the man that I am and am becoming.
Secondly, I am a Composer/Producer/Musician who can’t help but see everything around me through this spectrum. There is either rhythm, harmony and melody in everything or there is discord and entropy. Every area of life is like a different genre of music and I am more drawn toward the explorative “fusion jazz” of life than I am to the bland ‘top 40’ flavor of the month.
Thirdly and most central is that I am a Follower of The Lord Jesus Christ. I make no apologies and although completely open minded about all facets of life, I don’t compromise the clear direction and teaching of scripture. Lord knows I am not a perfect man and I don’t pretend to be – in fact, a huge part of this blog is sharing my horrible mistakes, personally and professionally and how they have helped hone my Faith, Family and approach to Funky Jazz and the always interesting Business of Music!
I am blessed to be an Associate Pastor of Victory Christian Center in Coitsville, OH, a very progressive ministry with six campuses under the direction of Lead Pastors David & Kathie Thomas. We Love God Completely, Others Unconditionally & Life Enthusiastically. No Airs; No “Holier than Thou” nonsense. Just Ordinary People experiencing an Extraordinary Life loving & serving an Amazing God. Check us out online at theresaplaceforyou.com
I am also blessed to serve as the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Tejai, Ltd and Niayana Recordings, A Music Production Company and Indie Record Label, named after my three girls, Tejai, Nia & Ayana. You can read more about this function in my Bio section below, but these entities serve as the basic building and distribution blocks for my “Originalternativefunkjazzfusion” band, SounDoctrine, peripheral production pursuits and a platform for other artists here in N.E. Ohio. I also oversee the publishing interests of Soul Food Music, Tejai Music & Niayana Music respectively (original huh?)
This is my personal blog. It is primarily focused on “fulfilling your musical destiny.” Drawing from my experiences as an Entrepreneurial Musician, I share my philosophy and persepective on biting down hard on your dream, despite setbacks, mistakes and challenges. I also suggest resources, software and methods that have helped me to continue to pursue these goals. What you may find most interesting is that I am NOT there yet! On this journey, I’ve had to Stop and Begin again. Many Times. Yet, in each new chapter, I have found through ‘Perseverance‘*, ‘Endurance’* and the ability to ‘Inspire‘* others are my greatest weapons against throwing in the towel.
I write on these subjects, and, on occasion, stuff that doesn’t necessarily fit into any of these categories. I share many strategies I am discovering and employ. Please know that sometime I may write on subject matter deemed ‘controversial’ to Biblical Christianity as a means to provoke a greater level of thinking. Although meant to be provocative, my aim is to never distort or compromise scripture or to offend any individul or group of people. I’m not about that. My Heart is to Love & Encourage and to represent that which is Righteous & True – always being transparent and open about my own failures in the process. It’s All About GROWING!
My chief goal is to create relevant and engaging content that you can implement in your personal and professional life. If you are a Husband, Father, Entrepreneur, Musician or Pastor—or aspire to be—then this blog is for you!
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*The titles of three SounDoctrine albums
I am the Founder & Chief Visioneer of Tejai, Ltd., a Multimedia Production company comprised of North Eastern Ohio Musicians and Music Business Executives involved in multimedia entertainment at all levels. My company oversees operations for Niayana Recordings, Tejai Music Publishing, Soul Food Music & Niayana Music Publishing, three budding publishing companies affiliated with BMI and ASCAP respectively.
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