|State Park in Logan, WV|
While Logan is an economically depressed area, it is rich with other things that matter....common sense values, loyalty and love.
I grew up in Pensacola, Fl and several little other communities along the way, but mostly Pensacola, FL where I went to middle school(uukkk) and high school...Woodham High. Pensacola holds a mixture of good and bad memories. It's where I discovered a lot of who I am today and hoped to become. It's where I developed my passionate musical interests and direction. It is where I changed in personality almost overnight at the beginning of my freshman year in high school. It's where I first struggled for my independence. It's where I first came to know love. It's where Iwandered away from values and spiritual things. It's where I also developed many of those spiritual values as well.
I moved to Nashville in the late 80's to pursue a profession in music and songwriting. I have the "typical" musicians story... No money and a huge hunger to succeed. I drove into Nashville around 3 am in my volkswagen rabbit with $300 dollars and no clue where to go or where I was going to stay. I remember finding music row by accident, and drove those two or three streets for a while before finding a motel to gather myself for what was going to be the start of my future.
With the help of Gary and Shawn McSpadden, I earned a few #1 gospel songs recorded by Sandi Patti for the song, I'll Give You Peace and Larnelle Harris, for the song, In It After All. I had several other gospel songs recorded during that time by Michael English, Janet Paschal, The Talleys, Shirley Caesar, Lulu Roman, Barbara Fairchild, John Starnes, and others.
My hopes and aspirations were huge at the time, and I kept also writing songs meant for the pop and country markets. Shawn, took a leap of faith, and sent a tape of mine to a small publisher, Carla Berkowitz(now Ondrasik) of Little Reatta Music who was affiliated with a much larger publishing company, Warner Chappell in LA. To our amazement, she got back to us with positive feedback. They were impressed and wanted to work with me as an artist.
|Tommy Lipuma, Me, & Nathan East - Bassist|
Nathan East was bass player, Michael Brubeck blew the sax, Vinny Cauita played drums and Mark Baldwin played guitar. There were other greats that also participated. My manager was Dan Cleary, who also managed Natalie Cole. I recorded in LA with engineer, Bill Schnee, Minnesota at Prince's studio, and New York. I spent two weeks with Maurice White, and days in the studio, writing with David Pack of Ambrosia. I was so close to all that I wanted and longed for, THEN the bottom dropped out. Bob Krasnow, then President of Elektra Records, decided not to release my album.
For a few years, I was lost and confused and heartbroken. But as time heals and assuages the deep feelings of loss, I knew that despite my grief, I was still a songwriter, and so I kept writing songs with vigor and passion, and naturally, several songs came out of the heartache. I even put together a collection of songs in an album I entitled, An Album for Those Who Grieve. It wasn't mastered or an album that should make for a good sale, but it was cathartic for me.
As an unusual response to my disappointing album experience, I legally changed my name, in 1997, to CONSTANT CHANGE. I do not fully understand why I felt compelled to do it. As a singer/songwriter, I knew I wanted an edge and felt it would help me stand out. As a "moonlighting philosopher", I wanted to bear a name that reflected something about life so true and basic. Now, Constant Change is more than just a name for me. It is a CONSTANT reminder that the quality of my life depends on the relationship I make with CHANGE.
My recording of the original song, If I'm Not In Love, was released on the movie soundtrack of Indecent Proposal. Also in the movie, Chasing Liberty, starring Mark Harmon and Mandy Moore.
The same song was also recorded by Faith Hill and Kathi Tricolli. It reached #1 status in Japan, recorded by Yuna Ito, and was a hit in the Philippines with Jenna Lynn Mercado and Janno Gibbs. It was also #1 with Jody Watley as a dance club release.
I have written several songs for the church. Some of my favorites are, He'll Do It Again, I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel and Hallelujah, Praise The Lamb.
While working on the Elektra album, I worked with some grammy award winning producers, engineers and musicians. Tommy LiPuma, Bill Schnee, Al Schmidt, Vinny Caiuta, Michael Brecker, Nathan East, Maurice White and Phillip Bailey of Earth Wind & Fire, David Pack and others.
I enjoy writing, producing and recording from my studio at home. It has become a joy and passion of mine to connect with the internet audience, my friends and fans who enjoy my songs and music. Thanks for being a part of my life! I also write jingles for my company, JamminJingles.com
To keep up with my new music and songs, go to my website
"A song is like the human body with its own central nervous system and heartbeat, which is why melody and lyric, when formed into song, create a chemistry of sound that affects human emotions, physiology, and spirit." - Constant Change