When I'm Around You
Hal was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and was introduced to music via the piano at the early age of 6. Hal started writing music in his teens as well as learning how to play guitar. Guitar soon became his primary instrument and into his college years, while studying for his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, he began performing his original guitar based songs. While seeking a more technical degree, Hal began to realize that music was his first love and began to make pathways into the music business. Through various bands and different church oriented settings, Hal began to realize his abilities as a guitarist, singer, writer, producer, soundman and arranger. Hal has also taught guitar one-on-one for over 10 years. Besides teaching guitar, Hal has taught songwriting and arranging. Hal also plays bass, keyboards and percussion. Hal has been involved with 3 CD projects: the first in the duo, Imago Dei, entitled Stand Up For The Children; the second for the Grace Church Worship Team in Toledo, Ohio, entitled Grace Notes; and the third, his first solo project, entitled When I'm Around You. Stand Up For The Children, produced in 1994 by Jeff Lams, was a project co-written, designed and performed with Naomi Collins-Beltz, the other half of the duo, Imago Dei. Subsequent to the production of Stand Up For The Children, Hal took the position of Music Director at Grace Church in Toledo, Ohio. At Grace Church, Hal was responsible for leading the worship team, the congregation, rehearsals, song selection, performance pieces and personnel development. Before leaving the position at Grace Church, the project, Grace Notes, was begun. Grace Notes, co-produced with Scott Derkin, contains 4 of Hal's original tunes along with other standard contemporary worship pieces. Hal contributed to vocals and guitars on Grace Notes. Concurrently, Hal produced his own solo project, When I'm Around You, released on March 26, 2005. Hal has won 3 Honorable Mentions from the Billboard Song Contest. Hal also has done work as a soundman for the Toledo Repertory Theater, the Lafayette Civic Theater and the local Indianapolis band, Playback. Hal has also acted in productions of Guys and Dolls, Chicago and Jeffrey.