Thus far, we have looked at a somewhat ‘Readers Digest’ version of The Pre-Nashville Days (Louisiana Connections & U.K. Connections). And, to reiterate, I was a recording & performing artist many years before ever setting foot in a Nashville recording studio or Nashville record label or Nashville producers office.
While living in Australia, I had the joy and honor to record for New Song Records in Perth. I fondly remember the name of the recording studio and their backup vocalists; Sweetcorn Recording Studio & the Cornflakes! It was a great studio, and everyone was top notch…both in talent and as individuals.
I became one of Australia’s Top 3 Contemporary Christian recording artists and toured much of the country performing; either solo, or with my band, or opening for some of the world’s top Contemporary Christian recording artists of that era. Here is a brief list of the awesome people for whom I opened in concert: Randy Matthews, Jamie Owens-Collins, Cliff Richard, Barry McGuire, Mike Warnke, Honeytree, and others.
Additionally, I was a guest performer in the touring production of Jim & Carol Owens’ musical, “If My People”. And, after having lived in West Australia and toured the nation, I gave my ‘Farewell Australia Concert’ performance to a packed & sold out house at the legendary Perth Concert Hall. I recall staying after the concert was over (for over an hour) and hugging people and signing autographs (and shedding a few tears).
Also…I had the absolute joy and honor and pleasure of performing at an outdoor music festival (with other artists) to a crowd of 18,000 attendees! I love Australia. I love the Aussies!
Ciao for now…Your pal,