It’s really not all about me. But since you asked…
My wife and I were raised in the Virginia Beach area and met at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. We married in 1978 and moved to Louisville, KY where I was in seminary a few months until we moved to Nashville, TN for Sharon to finish her undergraduate degree at Trevecca Nazarene University. While there, I started working in the warehouse of Benson Records, a wonderful faith-based music company.
Over the next decade, I worked my way up through that organization to become vice-president of marketing. In 1991, I resigned to write, record and tour as singer-songwriter–releasing three albums and performing 500 concerts at churches, camps and conferences over the next five years. Along the way, I earned a Masters degree in Education in Guidance and Counseling from Old Dominion University.
As our daughters (Lauren and Alli) grew up, I realized I needed to spend more time at home in Franklin, TN. In 1997, I re-entered corporate life to serve as vice-president of sales for Provident Music Distribution until 2000, leaving to eventually run VanLiere-Wilcox Artist Management for six years with my longtime friend, Troy VanLiere.
In 2008, I entered Nashville School of Law to pursue a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree and was admitted to the Nashville Bar in 2013. Although I had intended to pursue entertainment law, while in law school (and for a short time after) I served as a Public Defender representing indigent criminal clients in TN’s 21st Judicial District. Since 2014, I’ve been using my legal, sales, marketing and management experience as general manager for Belden Street Music, a Nashville publisher that operates DiscoverWorship.com, a web-based subscription service for music ministers.
Most recently, I’ve been honored to join the faculty of Trevecca Nazarene University as a part-time instructor in the Music Business program. I’m thrilled to help equip and inspire the next generation of entertainment professionals.
As you might imagine, I’ve been blessed by a wife and family who have supported my vocational dreams. Even though I’ve done a lot of different things, my life’s mission has been to be transformed and transforming by the love and grace of God.
This blog contains many of the things I’ve thought, taught, written and sung down through the years. That’s why I’m calling it “My thoughts, exactly.”
Thanks for letting me share my journey with you.