I was born in Upstate New York and grew up in the church, but with a very weak faith. I was more interested in living for the moment. For my own pleasures. That attitude made it very easy to become involved in drug and alcohol abuse starting at the age of 12. As I went through school I became increasingly aware that music was my calling and I began traveling and playing music as soon as I got out of high school. Along with that came a lifestyle of decadence, selfishness, greed and lust. I was your average, hard working musician but I was obsessed with finding fame and fortune. I had a successful career in the music business. I was winning awards, I had notoriety, money, but I was living for myself. I was raised with a knowledge of who God was but I chose to run from Him for 42 yrs. Whenever I thought about life after death I just shrugged it off and put it out of my mind. After all, I believed in God and Jesus and I thought I was a pretty good person. Add to that the fact that I started to see some success by the world's standards, Top 40 Hit Records, concert tours, TV appearances etc. I thought I had it made.
It wasn't too long after all that when my personal life started spinning out of control and my business failed because of clouded judgments due to increased drug usage, I ended up at my lowest point in a hotel room with a 38. caliber pistol pressed against my temple. Unable to pull the trigger, I gathered myself together with all the strength I had and began making plans for a change.
It wasn't until years later (1995) that I got clean and began my journey to salvation. I had met some Christians who shared the Gospel with me and I began to realize that one day I would die and all of a sudden, my eternal destiny became very important to me. I knew then that I had to repent and ask for God's forgiveness. You see, nothing we've ever done is hid from His holy eyes. There comes a time in our lives when we have to ask ourselves, will we be innocent or guilty on the Day of Judgment? Listen to your conscience. If we're honest with ourselves then you know the answer is guilty, and therefore end up in hell. That's not God's will. He provided a way for you and I to be forgiven. He sent His Son to take our punishment: "God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." He was bruised for our iniquities. Jesus then rose from the dead and defeated death. Our own so-called goodness can't get us into heaven. Jesus is the only way. He is the "Door," the only "mediator." There is salvation in no other name. For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that who so ever does believe shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16.
Then one night I was driving home from a business conference in KY. And after several months of my Christian friends witnessing and sharing the Gospel with me, I heard a song called "The Anchor Holds" and I felt like God was truly speaking to me through the words of that song. So on a warm summer night in July of 1999 I prayed for God's forgiveness and received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior!
However, my struggles were not over, when after giving up drugs and alcohol, I traded one addiction for another…FOOD. After reaching my top weight of 413 lbs I began doing Crossfit training on Oct 1 2012. Since then I have been able to release, by God’s grace, 130 lbs and still have a goal of losing another 30.
Which brings me to the present.
With this traveling music ministry I have totally committed my life to using the gifts He has given me to Share the love of Jesus through music and testimony. I know now that, of all the things I've done in my life, nothing compares to being forgiven of my sin, being in a right relationship with God, and having the opportunity to share my faith with everyone I come in contact with. And I can now say to my Lord, King and Savior, “I’ve been redeemed and restored….Through You”