Favorite Books:Gospel of John, Pelican Brief, Mere Christianity, The Wedding, Ragamuffin Gospel
Favorite Movies: Shawshank Redemption, Les Misérables, English Patient, As Good As It Gets & Beauty & the Beast.
Favorite Music: Ray Charles, Sarah McLachlan, John Mayer, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Sara Bareilles, Huey Lewis & the News, Mercy Me, Faith Hill & Carrie Underwood.
Hobbies: Travel, reading, music & racquetball.
Family: Wife, Nancy Bailey (Asheville-Enka) teaches kindergarten at Haw Creek Elementary. She is a great singer and piano player! Daughter's Meredith (1989) & Mallory (1991). Meredith is a graduate of Chapel Hill and works for Intervarsity at Roanoke College, Mallory is an avid horse lover, singer/songwriter, & works for The Givens Estate in Asheville. Both girls play instruments & sing.
Before ACR: Oakley Elementary
After ACR: Fall of '73 I attended N.C. State and majored in Electrical Engineering. During the course of the time there while playing and singing with a group, we recorded an album and I got the bug to open a recording studio. Disillusioned with the thought of graduating and working with a power company, I dropped out of school and came back to Asheville. There I worked as a electronic organ service tech, saving up money to open a studio. In the fall of 1979, me and a partner, Eddie Swann opened the first commercial recording studio in Asheville. Due to the large influence of Southern Gospel Music in Asheville, our second recording was Sweet Beulah Land, by Squire Parsons, that received the Song of the Year in 1981. Out of all the songs in Southern Gospel music in the 80's, I was the only producer with 2 songs in the top 10. Over the years I have worked with Squire Parsons, The Inspirations, Gold City, Singing Americans, Kingsmen, Primitive Quartet, Ricky Skaggs & David Wilcox and many others. In the mid 80's I was asked to direct the Worship at Bent Creek Baptist and after a few years spent most of my time there. There I met my wife, Nancy. We spent about 10 years as well as singing outside at different churches including leading the music at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove. While working at the Cove, one of my friends asked if I would like to be involved in Global Mission which was Billy Graham's largest Global outreach. The mission was broadcast to 180 countries. I was assigned 6 countries in the South Pacific (I know it is a hard life!) where I spent 1 1/2 years making 6 trips to the region. In 1993, Nancy and I left Bent Creek and helped plant a new church in Mills River called Grace Community Church where we have helped with the music in different capacities over the last 20 years. My father was a contractor and he helped me buy my first rental house when I was 12, and all through the years I have slowly developed some property in the area. I now manage the rental property and still do some recording with a studio in our house.