My road in life has been direct.
Says he's done everything in the music business: he's owned labels, been a session musician, written number-one hits.
Grew up in Canada; heard about the folk music scene in Los Angeles and decided to move down to California.
Says that everything in his life before then was grey, so he was in search of some color.
He realized their relaxed approach to songwriting wasn't working for him, so he moved again, this time to New York City.
While working as a session musician, he heard the Beatles for the first time and knew he had to go to Liverpool.
He was only 19 years old, and he was broke, so he lied and said he was a chef in order to get boat passage.
Within two years, he had a record deal with his group, The Guardsmen, kicking off a long, illustrious career.
A few years later, a song that he wrote hit number one on the charts; has since written for acts like Shania Twain and Randy Travis.