singer songwriter

began his writing career at age  21 as a composer and lyricist when he collaborated with the late Academy Award Nominated and Emmy Award Winning science fiction writer Ray Bradbury on the musical adaptation of Mr. Bradbury's short story, The Day It Rained Forever. The musical, which features additional music and lyrics by Tom Gire, was directed and mounted by Dr. Jerry Henderson at Pepperdine University, then transferred to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it enjoyed a successful and extended run. The show was presented as a staged reading at Goodspeed Opera House, The York Theatre, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, and was directed and fully mounted by Dr. Larry Corse at Clatyon State University in Atlanta. The show is published by Dramatic Publishing Company. 

 

Recently, he had the great fortune to work with bestselling novelist Mary Higgins Clark on an adaptation of her new children’s book, The Magical Christmas Horse, composing the music and co-writing the lyrics with playwright Cynthia Mitchell Payne, and the show had a successful run at Algonquin Arts Theatre. At Cherry County Playhouse in Muskegon, MI, he co-composed music and lyrics  with playwright/co-lyricist/director Bill Castellino and co-composer/co-lyricist Christopher McGovern for Crash Club, a new musical for teens which was choreographed by Emmy Award Winner and Tony Award Nominee Joshua Bergasse. He was the composer and co-lyricist for Queen Esther which he co-wrote with playwright Lenora Conway,  produced at  The Forum Theatre, Metuchen, NJ.

 

As a songwriter he wrote the music with lyricist Nick De Biase on two songs for Centaur Records: “Every Time You’re Near” sung by Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley on the CD Utopia, and “Never Letting Go” sung by Elsa Raven on the CD Dance With Angels. He also wrote the music with lyricist Bill Castellino for Tony Award Nominee Rebecca Luker’s recording of “Fine” which is featured on her album Leaving Home, produced by Christopher McGovern.

 

As a singer he toured from 2001 to 2018 making appearances in places around the globe such as Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and US as the Construction Worker with the world famous disco group Village People. Since leaving the group in 2018, he now performs solo as well as with The Kings of Disco Featuring Former Members of Village People, who recently appeared as the headliner in Berlin's New Year's Eve Celebration at the Brandenburg Gate with over 1 million people in attendance.

 

He continues to write, compose and record music in his studio in Asbury Park, NJ where he also teaches voice. He is a proud member of ASCAP, Dramatist Guild, SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association.

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