I am an award-winning, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, as well as a poet and essayist, filmmaker, film and television score composer, and occasional lecturer.
My family relocated frequently when I was a child, since my father was in the military. As a result of that experience, my music has always employed diverse influences—including African and Caribbean rhythms, folk, soul, Latin, rock, pop and funk.
I moved from Chapel Hill, NC to Nashville, TN, in 1988, to pursue a career in music. My songwriting gained quick attention on Music Row and, before long, my song "Talk About Life" became the chart-topping track of Reunion Records artist Kim Hill's sophomore album. Shortly thereafter, I was hired as a staff writer at McSpadden Group (later known as McSpadden-Smith) and a record deal with Warner Bros. soon followed.
Under the Warner imprint, I completed two well-received projects—*Regarding the Human Condition* (1991) and *the flower child's guide to love and fashion* (1993)—which also led to charting songs.
From 1997 to 1998, I was, first, Assistant to the Musical Director then Music Supervisor of "VIBE", the Quincy Jones/David Salzman-helmed late-night television program hosted by comedian Sinbad.
Although numerous performers have covered my tunes since 1989, among the most notable is jazz world favorite Dianne Reeves, who, in 1999, recorded “I Remember” and “Goodbye”. That same year, I joined keyboardist Charles Mims (Patrice Rushen, Tracy Chapman) in writing, arranging and producing *Kwanzaa for Young People (and Everyone Else!)* (Charphelia Records)—a CD and educator resource guide garnering numerous commendations, including Teachers’ Choice, Parent Council, Parents’ Choice and Kids First awards.
At the start of 2005, L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall débuted 'Misa Justa', a symphonic jazz mass by Argentine-born composer Eduardo Gutiérrez del Barrio, performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a large choir, and a small group of soloists. That ambitious work, widely described as "a celebration of womanhood”, features five sung poems that I wrote.
These days, I compose score and songs for film, TV, stage, Web, commercials and games as one half of the team known as "glasskid". I also serve as the lead clinician for my Song Masters Seminars (created in 2006).
My most recent releases, as a solo recording artist, are *The Most Private Confessions of Saint Clair* (2008) and the concept album *Expatriates* (2011).