Music is art and science, its the enlightenment of the purest, spiritually logical form of bliss that soothes the savage beast in all of us.
Its a true mystery and a great gift from God ( The Ma s t e r Mu s i c i a n ) t o mankind. It justifies the reality of our existence as we all have the need for, and the ability to create it. We are all born with the gift, and the desire to share our unique styles of musical creativity as we feed our spirits, bodies and souls regularly with its joy.
I was born in Guyana when it was British Guiana, grew up in the Amazon basin, lived in England, Canada and most of my life in the USA.
I grew up in a musical family, always surrounded and influenced by a wide variety of styles, and my musical life journeyed through many cultures and genres. From classical, sacred, reggae, African folk, calypso, to jazz, gospel, country, R&B, rock, etc. It is difficult to accurately classify the path with such a merge of cultures that frame pop culture today, but I relish learning the sound of new things, mixing them with the old, and blending cultural nuances musically.
I'm a composer, arranger, singer, keyboardist, writer, servant, privileged to have worked on various projects with amazingly talented creative souls such as : Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Shirley Caesar, Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, Lauryn Hill, Marcus Miller, Mutt Lange, Smokey Robinson, Al Green, R. Kelly, The Roots, Carlos Santana, Randy(my dawg) Jackson, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Tony(golden voice) McLendon, Jeff Buckley, Anthony Hamilton, LL Kool J, George Clinton, the Winans, Sheila E., Michael McDonald, Bebe Winans, James Ingram, Rita Ora, Deniece Williams, Mary J Blige, Anita Baker, Billy Ocean, Edwin, Walter and Tramaine Hawkins, and a host of others.
I've also worked in the advertising industry and Daytime TV, as a composer/ musician/singer, for many years, including some film work, receiving Grammy and Emmy award recognition as a Composer/Producer/ Musician, on several occasions.
Although it has been a joyful experience, some of which I am proud of, my growth with music through the decades, was noticeably lesser than the growing frustrations of having to create within the confines of the commercial music industry matrix. It was a love/hate relationship. A war of ethics. This industry driven path can be one of integrity, and I am by no means downplaying the accomplishments of so many of my friends, peers and mentors. But for me, there had to be more. Consequently, in my spare time, I soothed the inner beast by writing songs that were just for my listening pleasure. it became my therapeutic shadow project, and as time passed by, it grew into TimeShadow, finally taking over me. So, here I am...TimeShadow, peace lover.
Time is a transitional stream, a rhythm scripted and imprinted with tones colors and events, perpetually coding history. Unique to the perspective of now, yesterday’s tomorrow is always today. While we keep on ticking, our trail, the symphony of our life, is being accurately recorded by music. Playback is always in the future.
My band, the TomorrowBand is a growing collection of like minded musician/ singers, who have contributed creatively and emotionally to the journey.
As the artist TimeShadow & with the help of The TomorrowBand, I have written, collaborated with others, performed and produced a collection of works that is the embodiment of a 30 year journey. The first installation of this creative collection is the project "TOMORROW".
Tomorrow is a 24 song collection, which underscores a series of 24 documentary short films threaded by 24 poems using animation and motion graphics to aid in the story.
Music Education Music education is a family tradition and l ineage handed down f rom my grandparents, to my mother, uncles, my sisters, my cousins and me. I had no choice, growing up in my mother’s music school, on Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and outside my strict classical home, I overdosed on my favorite music artist, like The Mighty Sparrow, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, James Brown, Elton John, Yes...Just to name a few.
I try to maintain a balance, working primarily from my home studio, still teaching piano and vocal students, locally and abroad. I have also discovered and designed two teaching techniques for Piano and vocals, that I proudly endorse;
My playing by ear method is designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced students, simultaneously. It is also highly recommended for songwriters of any age, keyboard players in bands, church musicians, classical pianists with a desire to play by ear, singers who want to accompany themselves on the piano,….Anyone with the desire to play by ear.
Liking Your Own Voice was primarily designed for me, decades ago,after my band lost our lead singer...I had to step up...needed emergency help.
Now after years of producing vocals, I have streamlined it to an efficient tool if used as instructed.mI firmly believe, If you can talk, you can sing. Its easy to sing in the bathroom, but once our minds establish that there is an audience, we clam up, and quickly sabotage a wonderful flow of expression.
We listen to ourselves, and not like what we hear, we assume that no-one else will like it and therefore should not hear it....there are ways to enjoy your own voice....first we must develop confidence in our tone.
I currently sit on the board of directors of The Ruby Holland School of Music, founded by and named after my mother and ran by my sister Elizabeth who is the president.
TimeShadow is primarily on a mission of world peace, and cultural blending thru the love of truth and music.