My road in life has been direct.
In high school, he had a band, but he realized that he was far and away the most serious about music.
He kept practicing in secret, but he felt bad when his talent started excelling over his friends.
Got through it by telling himself "there's no traffic on the extra mile"; realized he needed to break away from the herd in order to find success.
While he was in school at UCLA, he got an offer to play bass for tour with and Gladys Knight and the Pips.
Even though he was only 19 and had never even been on a plane before, he left school to go after this amazing opportunity.
He performed with several big bands on the side; figured that if he worked with as many people as he could, it'd open the maximum amount of doors.
One day, someone asked him to help form a band for a young singer who was trying to make it big; that young singer turned out to be Whitney Houston.
He worked with Whitney for the next 17 years, producing her world tours and her infamous performance of the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXV.
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