He is a musician, arranger, conductor, contractor, composer, producer and teacher born to a Quaker family in Detroit, Michigan, who performs on the mandolin and violin among other string instruments.
He started to learn the violin when he was five years old and went on to later gain degrees in performance of the instrument from Indiana University and Yale School of Music.
Performing from the 1980s as a soloist and member of ensembles such as the Sacred Arts String Quartet, Nashville String Machine and the Triumphant Quartet, he can also be found as a string section contractor working on many TV shows, recordings and concerts.
Performing with hundreds of artists through the course of his career in his capacity as strings contractor or musician, he has worked with A-Ha, Alabama, Backstreet Boys, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Vassar Clements, Michael Crawford, Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels, Dixie Chicks, Crystal Gayle, Nanci Griffith, Wynonna Judd, Brenda Lee, Richard Marx, The Mavericks, Martina McBride , Mickey Newbury, Dolly Parton, LeAnn Rimes, The Statler Brothers, Cat Stevens, Pam Tillis , Randy Travis, Andy Williams and Trisha Yearwood to name just a very few.
The albums this musician has appeared on are countless and number into the hundreds at least and mentioning just a minute portion of them they include his own O Then I’ll Think of Thee with Russell Davis, Everyday I Love You, Pt. 1 by Boyzone, Ropin’ the Wind by Garth Brooks, Far Side of the World by Jimmy Buffett , Boy In Me by Glen Campbell , Christmas to Remember by Amy Grant, Shadowland by k.d. Lang, Room for Squares by John Mayer, Undiscovered by James Morrison, Face the Promise by Bob Seger , Rising by Bruce Springsteen, Eye to the Telescope by K.T. Tunstall and Prairie Wind by Neil Young.
His work in the movies includes him appearing as a musician on Dreamscape, as a conductor and arranger on Chrome and Hot Leather, as a composer and arranger on The Thing With Two Heads and on the soundtracks of Dear Frankie, Dick and Second Chance.
On other sides of the industry he has taught as a Violin Instructor at Yale University and is currently on the board of the Recording Musician Association’s Nashville Chapter. His wife is the violist Monisa Angell.
Here he is on violin with Doc Allen & The Hearts performing “Yesterday’s Dream”….