I started playing bass guitar with the musical wave started by The Beatles. Playing through Junior High, HIgh School and at Indiana State University. After about two years in Terre Haute, Indiana, I made the decision to start making a living playing music full time. I left college and took off on a ten year road trip. Based out of Memphis, Tennessee for the first 2 years, then Atlanta, Georgia through 1983 playing most of the United States and a number of countries.
I moved home to Plainfield in 1983. I have played weekends since then to keep the music fire burning while working a full time straight job to provide for the family.
I am enjoying the message and other members of Faith Country and look forward to making lots of great memories and touching lives.
I’ve been a music fan as long as I can remember… listening to full-length albums as early as the age of 4. In the 70’s I was inspired by KISS (Ace Frehley) and Styx (Tommy Shaw) to take guitar lessons because I knew I had to learn how to play an instrument and experience it for real. (as opposed to air-guitar in my room) Great guitar riffs really got me excited to learn. My Mom bought me a guitar and I played as well as I could until I started playing drums in the early 80’s. By then, I was very inspired by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal. (Drummers like Tommy Lee and Neil Peart) It was obvious right away that drums were my passion and what I wanted to do. At 17, I began playing live shows. I played Private Parties and bars that would let me in as hired help. And so began a 30+ year Odyssey… playing weekends, concert events and all types of music. (Rock, Top 40, Country, Hip Hop, R&B and even a little Disco!) Some of the bands included Speed City Rockers, Big Fish, The Fish Heads, The Crawdaddy’s and currently Big Rosco and The Hammers. I have been lucky enough to work with Tim Lathan and Jay Arnold in several of those bands and in September of 2017, Tim called to ask if I was interested in working with him and Jay on a new project he had been trying to get going with Morris Mott. I listened to the Morris Mott CD No limits and said “Sign me up”. Great songs, riffs, beats and messages. I look forward to where this part of the journey takes me!
In 1968 my dad bought me an electric guitar and an amp. This started the musical journey. I played my first gig that year with some neighbor hood friends.I played guitar all through high school but didn't get serious until I was about 19. It's then I decided to make my living from my guitar playing.
I started in dives and honky-tonks and worked my way up to opening for national bands. I then decided to work with in clubs and show bands because the pay was solid. I was starting my family at this time and the extra money worked out nicely. After doing a year on the road I decided to come back to Plainfield and put down roots.I owned and worked my own night club for 20 years. I raised my family and wondered what is next ?
God answered that question when he introduced me to Morris Mott. When I heard Morris' music I knew I had to see if he wanted to put a band together. The new edition of Faith Country was born and I couldn't be happier playing music for God. The rest of this story to be written !
Morris Mott is an award-winning Christian country music singer.
Mott recorded his first CD, "Beyond Your Dreams," in 2002, and since then, he's had singles scattered across the Christian music charts and was named "Best New Male Vocalist in Christian Country Music in 2003."
Mott didn't start out as a musician, however. Before he was called to country music, he was called to lead others in their spiritual journeys.
"I started pastoring when I was 19 years old," Mott said. "I was the youngest person in the church."
A few years later, a young man who had written songs with several country music industry writers, became a member of the congregation that Morris was serving as a Pastor.
The two formed a partnership and Faith Country Music was born.
"Faith Country Music is designed to encourage people and really build faith and help them really believe in God for the good things he has in store for them," Mott said.
"[When I write music] I try to think how I would feel if I heard this song," Mott said.
Mott has various musical influence, and different audiences often hear snippets of other artists and styles in the minister-musician's music. In addition to being a solo artist, Morris has been involved as a musician with Southern Gospel groups and Bluegrass bands.
Morris' goal is to make sure that the ears his music falls upon soak up not only the melodies, but the message as well.
"I want [audiences] to be able to see the things God wants to do for them," he said. "To see God wants to do good things in their life. When they turn [my music] on, I want them to hear the love God has for them, the plan he has for them I'm presenting to you a God that loves you. If God can do all these things for me, I know he can do those things for you. That's what I want them to get out of the music. Just because life may be difficult, there is something better."
In addition to his travels, Morris serves as the Pastor of Christ Church, Plainfield, IN, which he and his wife, Angela began in September 2010. Christchurchtoday.org