This Is My Story-Chapter 1
Carlos A. Tottress a prolific singer/songwriter, arranger, musician and recording artist is ready to reach out to the world by 'Enhancing the Quality of Life through Christian Music'. He was born a Baptist preacher's son in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His dream to become a Christian Recording Artist was inspired by Minister Walter Hawkins and many of his peers. Carlos began his musical career at an early age winning awards for vocal and instrumental (viola) performances. At the age of thirteen he wrote and composed his first song entitled 'A Friend'. As a good steward of his God-given talents, he continued his education, with much sacrifice and dedication, completing with honors, an Associates of Arts Degree (Music) from the Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Music) from California State University Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA. He says, he will continue to and obtain a Masters Degree in Music, from the University of Hawaii, but after a much-needed break. This recording project 'This Is My Story ? Chapter I' is Carlos' First CD Recording debuting on Independent Record Label A Tottress Production, featuring 11 original pieces and 1 arranged traditional song. His output includes well over 210 original songs and over 40 arrangements of other various works. Hence, the CD's subtitle, 'This Is My Story * Chapter I' indicating that there is yet more to come from this singer/songwriter. Carlos's musical influences include great Gospel Artists such as, Andre Crouch, Walter Hawkins and the Hawkins Family, Take 6, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and the renowned Clark Sisters. It is truly his desire that these testimonies in song will not only encourage your heart but also help you experience the healing message of Jesus Christ. For 'The Message is Love and the Message is in the Music'. Carlos A Tottress is a name that will be heard more and more in Christian Music. Music lovers everywhere will soon experience that his songs and arrangements have a unique way of blessing and impressing at the same time.