W E L C O M E T O M Y S T U D I O
Born and raised in the Bronx, NYC, I grew up listening to all kinds of music, from Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, to the Lennon Sisters and, later, as a teen, The Carpenters and early Pointer Sisters (when they were four, including that irrepressible 'vixen', Bonnie ), whose deliriously wonderful preoccupation with all things "retro" (from the 1930's on), including their wardrobe, hairstyles, and of course, "dem old songs" they performed so incredibly well; all of that delighted me, and taught me a lifelong affection for 'the unlikely' and the offbeat. The Manhattan Transfer and their wonderful music also helped me appreciate that very same thing.
And Karen Carpenter.. God bless her, I know I am not in the very least alone in saying how, as a young teen, with all the struggles and anxieties, etc. that the word 'teen' conjures up, listening over and over, to her one-of-a-kind, 'deep', soothing and "wise voice" for hours on end was somehow, for me, the 'best medicine' it almost seems, looking back. I'd already been singing in church, and as I came to listen to more and more of the huge, wonderful, so-appealing and so-masterfully and pristinely executed body of she and her brother's work, it could only fuel my desire to sing, even more than ever. Though it would be a number of years yet before I had the good fortune, for someone who loved to sing so very much, as I did, to train with a voice teacher, an opportunity I'll ever be grateful for, it is easy to see, as I remember those times so very affectionately, how she became then, and remains still, even now, my first and biggest musical influence/ inspiration musically, all these years later, 'a still-lovesick fan' Greg