I live in Nashville, Tennessee, and am originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia. After graduating from Kempsville High School in 1993, I came later that summer to begin college at Belmont University in the Music City, studying in Belmont’s Music Business program. In this time, I had a strong internship experience working with and in Contemporary Christian Music, namely Charlie Peacock, who was beginning re:think records at the time. His first artist was Sarah Masen.
When I graduated in 1997, for a number of big and small reasons, I soon took a job with Willis, international risk manager. I worked with the marketing of property and casualty insurance to public entities. Not exactly flashing lights, Christian babes, and teary responses to worship songs. But I sort of figured a day job for funds, and after-hours for music, art, coffee talks, thinking, etc. This was how my life was coming together. It has been like this for a very long time. It is a mystery. And I feel nourished and thankful in many ways.
Today my job is work in fundraising strategy and reporting at Vanderbilt University. I have been employed as such since 2004. The job is to continually look at the intersection between philanthropy, higher education, medical (and other) research, and ivy league culture. The career is called prospect research. It has a bit of wild west feel – the rules are still being written. It’s technology, benchmarking, data mining, modeling, and more stuff we are all still figuring out. I have been doing this almost 14 years, and have presented talks and ideas at the national level.
I have a small book of short stories, SUMMERS, published in 2009, available through Amazon. Approaching juvenile fiction in genre, these are tales about young people. These are some combination of homage to youth, the green, humid, insect-y lush of the South, and the way the season’s heat bakes brains to emotional delirium.
I have written music in some format since I was a kid. I hear original melodies in my head. I always have. For years, I felt I could never properly get them out. But in 2010, with the help of a good engineer and pro studio, things came together. Three-song EP, BE NO END, is what I recorded. I call the sound ‘space rock.’ It wouldn’t be too far from earlier career Smashing Pumpkins in style. The album or individual files can be purchased through iTunes, Amazon, or CD Baby (you’ll want to please look up my full name if interested). Like any good Nashvillian, I also have CD hard copies in my spare closet, if you might want a copy this way.
Groups are important to me. Until recently, I served on the board of The Contributor. I am a member of the Downtown Presbyterian Church. I serve on the board of UKIRK. In recent years I have spent time assisting the leadership of the Wild Goose Festival and Nashville Public Television (primarily with fundraising biz). Re: Wild Goose, I have presented three times there, including as an actor performing two one-man plays. I lead Beer & Hymns in Nashville. I am co-host of Tenx9 Nashville, a first-class storytelling group, particularly open to the “nervous and the unsure.” After meeting Rik Roberts via his Zanies classes last fall, I have begun working on standup comedy; I love it.
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Walter Brueggemann: The world for which you have been so carefully prepared is being taken away from you by the grace of God.
Chip Andrus and me in Dublin – August 2010