Hello, and thanks for visiting my web page. I grew up on a small country farm on the outskirts of Shipshewana, IN with loving parents, two brothers, and three sisters. I had many different things that caught my interest early on, but one in particular was music. When I was just a young boy, my family went to see the Clearwater Band play. Clearwater was a local band led by Dan Utz. They played country gospel music, and also had a yodeler on the team, named Lee Schwartz. When I heard that combination of country, gospel, and yodeling together, something came alive within me. We went home with a few cassette tapes that night and that’s where it all started.
I started listening, learning, and singing along to these songs, but the ones I listened to most were the yodeling songs. I would press play, rewind, and play again. Little by little, I started catching on. I would practice daily in my free time and gradually figured out how to make that unique sound. From listening to their music, Lee, the yodeler, became someone I really looked up to. As a first grader, I thought it was the coolest thing when Lee showed up at my school talent show to see me sing one of the yodeling songs that I learned through him. When I was 9 years old, my world was crushed when Lee was killed in a car accident. It was a very sad day for many, but he left a legacy that won’t be forgotten.
At the age of 14, I started playing drums, and played for the church worship team throughout most of my teen years. I still loved to sing and yodel, but my main focus with music was being a drummer. I got to a point where I felt like I hit a plateau with my yodeling and didn’t know what else to do with it. Little did I know that a few years down the road, the Lord was going to open some big doors for me with singing and yodeling. In my late teens, I strayed away from my relationship with Jesus and went my own way. It wasn’t until I rededicated my life to Him, that He opened the doors that brought true satisfaction, through what I loved to do. When I was 21, I was asked to yodel at a church that was hosting a Swiss alps night. At that time, I didn’t play guitar, so I asked the Lee’s brother, Chris Schwartz, to help me out on the guitar. Chris taught me a new yodel that night, which opened a whole new book of what I could do with yodeling.
After that event, I taught myself to play guitar, learning and memorizing songs, leading me up to where I’m at today. In 2013, I released my first album called “The Yodeler.” It features songs that I learned growing up, lots of yodeling, and also some that I wrote. In the summer of 2015, I had the privilege to record my second project called “The Man I Am Today.” It includes songs about my childhood, and songs that I feel have in some way, made me who I am today. It also features some yodeling and a few originals. Songs that draw me in are ones with a good story line or message behind them. My goal is to continue in the path the Lord has called me to and bring Him glory through it. I married my beautiful wife Jenna, in 2009, and we’ve been blessed with two sweet boys, Wesley and Walker. We are excited to see them taking an interest in music already. When Daddy gets his guitar out, they always want to join in too. 🙂 I am very thankful for my family, friends, and all of the people out there who support my music. Most of all, I praise the Lord Jesus for blessing me with this talent, and I pray that all who listen to my music will enjoy it and be blessed. Thank You!
Showtime: 7:00pm | Doors Open: 6:30pm
Admission fee: Tickets Only - $19.95 | Dinner and Theater - $36.95
Blue Gate Theatre
175 N Van Buren St, Shipshewana