Jeffery

Location:

Chicago, IL

Member since:

March 29, 2014

When did you first start writing songs?

I started writing just after college, sometime between the invention of fire and the wheel.

Is there a song you wish you wrote?

As songwriting is so personal for me, I admire, but do not covet, the expression of other writers. However, I wouldn't mind a song like "This is the Moment" from JECKYL & HYDE, which composer Frank Wildhorn calls jokingly, "This is my mortgage!"

What's one fun fact about you people wouldn't know?

I spent many years working as a magic clown at kiddie parties. So although I have the demeanor of a lawyer, and enjoy wearing jackets and ties, I secretly think of myself as having a big red nose, and often act accordingly.

Are you more of a lyrics first or music first writer?

I normally prefer to organize a musical idea around the rhythmic requirements of a strong lyric hook. However, I'm very good at finding words to fit existing music. Coming from musical theater, I find false rhymes and lazy near rhymes, common in pop, to be really annoying. That must be why I keep retreating to the more disciplined lyric world of musical theater.

Do you write in one specific genre or more than one?

I write a lot of personal, story oriented songs that reflect my musical theater roots. I guess that's also what drew me to country, where story telling remains important.

Introduction

I'm a musical theater actor/singer, cabaret performer, and the author of three developing new musicals, also developing a small showcase space here. I've had songs held in Nashville, and heading back soon. Hoping to meet collaborators for both.


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