Ronnieo: born ronald oswald toles may 23, 1956 in saginaw, mich. To eld.raymond and mary toles, the 6th of 9 children. ^#^he began playing the guitar at 8 years old after his parents noticed him pretending to play one using a broom. ^#^since his mother needed it to sweep the floor, they figured getting a real one would solve that problem. ^#^being raised in nearby flint, mich., in a christian home. ^#^little Ronnieo's ability on the guitar grew as his fingers grew. ^#^having no formal training, he developed an ear for music. ^#^his musical influences growing up were gospel of course, the motown sound, blues and jazz. ^#^but flint's lone black radio station was off the air at sundown. ^#^so he would tune to the 24hr. ^#^white stations, which expanded his influences to include rock, pop, country, easy listening and even classical. 'as is' is Ronnieo's debut on the music scene. ^#^in listening to this album, you'll find all these influences interwoven throughout. ^#^give it a listen and then invite him to your home. ^#^he'll become a new friend you can count on for years and years to come. ^#^you can e-mail Ronnieo at: firstname.lastname@example.org.