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I was born and raised in Scotland and started playing and reading music from the age of eight simply because my father was a musician, a self-taught clarinet and saxophone player. By the time I was twelve I was singing more than playing my guitar, no I did not go the route of the wind instruments. My forte was definitely singing it just came so naturally, besides, I couldn’t play lead guitar to save my life. I learned all the chords and inversions on my guitar and started to sing with bands and then as a solo singer.
I went to engineering college and started an apprenticeship with a mining engineering company. The company had a branch in South Africa, east of Johannesburg and they wanted experienced people to go out there to fix some problems they were having with the hydraulics.
I applied and went on a two year plan, but I fell in love with Africa and stayed there for more than half of my life.
I always had a story or a novel in my head and at one point started to write it down but my recording career took off and I became a recording, TV and radio artist in South Africa, so the book had to take a back seat. I have made half a dozen albums including a Christmas album.
I have composed a lot of my own work, which is on vinyl and CD. I played at many venues and resorts including Sun City, which had multiple venues where I shared the billboard but not the same stage as artists like Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Cher, Rod Stewart, Elton John, The Osmonds to name a few and I met them all bar Frank.
I am a musician, composer, singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, entertainer and now an author, I now live in Scotland.
I have realised my ambition and dream of writing a book, not only one but three books. My debut novel as well as books two and three of the trilogy, Deceit of the Empire