In the late 80s, I arrived in Nashville in a green VW Rabbit and $300 dollars in my pocket.  

By God's leading and favor, I met Gospel music industry mogul, Gary McSpadden, with whom I signed my first publishing deal. 

The song, In It After All, below, became the first of many songs I would write as a published writer.  It became a Billboard #1 hit, recorded by Larnelle Harris.

The lyrics are special to me and speak of how I felt during that time in my life.  

So you were in it after all. all of those moments 
I spent crying, when something inside of me was dying, 
I didn't know that You heard me each time I called 
You had a reason for those trials 
I guess grew stronger every mile, 
now I know that You were in it after all 

We're always ready Lord to take the glory, 
But we're seldom willing to endure the pain 
You were with me when the sun was shining, 
and You were still beside me when it rained. 

So you were in it after all, 
taking the blows that I'd been given, 
Mending the wounds that needed mending 

I didn't know that You heard me each time I called 
I guess it's easy now to see it, 
I don't know how I could have missed it Jesus, 
but You were in it after all...