Ramin Karimloo - In the world of theatrical performers, Ramin Karimloo is known as one of the most formidable talents in the industry. Heralded for his portrayal of leading roles Jean Valjean in Les Mirerables and the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, Karimloo is a musical force unlike any other. In fact, it was his unbridaled reputation that led to his performance in the recent Oscar tribute to Les Misérables.
Ramin was hand picked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to portray the lead role in his sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies.
Ramin is the proud owner of 2 TreeSong guitars!
Click here to see Ramin, Sierra Boggess and me having fun playing "WildFlowers" in Sierra's London flat!
Brad Berglund - An author, spiritual director and retreat director, Brad has a degree in theology (Eastern Theological Seminary) and music (classical guitar - Conservatory of Music, UMKC and the Royal Conservatory, Madrid) and has completed the program for spiritual direction at the Shalem Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Currently, he holds two positions: Director of Illuminated Journeys, an organization devoted to the spiritual deepening of individuals and churches, and Director of Reinventing Sunday, an ecumenical ministry that offers worship consulting, worship renewal seminars, and workshops on Taizé-style worship. He enjoys working with church musicians, pastors and worship committees throughout the world. Check out: www.illuminatedjourneys.com!
Brad plays a beautiful Macassar Ebony TreeSong with a Lutz Spruce top! Striking clarity and balance in his skilled hands!
I had a little setup work done on my TreeSong guitar recently. The luthier, Wally, is a highly obnoxious but very capable guy who hates my Taylor guitar and Elixir strings. He gives me all sorts of lip about these products every time I'm in his shop. I'd go to someone else, but he is very good at what he does. Several of my friends have taken instruments in for this guy to repair or adjust. Many of them have endured lengthy sermons about what poor choices they made in their selections of guitars. So I was ready for Wally to start on the mandatory critique when I opened my case. Wally picked up the TreeSong, strummed a few chords, gave your workmanship a close visual inspection and pronounced his verdict. "This guitar can sing!"
I thought you would want to hear this...
Mel Harp (Singer/Songwriter/Choral Director/Professor/Former Music Director at Texas Tech) - Purchased his TreeSong in 2009 and plays out as much as he can. Mel passed along a couple of comments he received on his TreeSong!
I participated in a songwriters clinic delivered by Bob Livingston and Susan Herndon recently. During the day a songwriting friend who because of a conflict was not involved in the clinic dropped by to say 'Hello' to several of us. This fellow, Lance Richburg, is a patrolman with the Sweetwater, Texas Police Department, but he would like to be just Lance Richburg, singer/songwriter. I, of course, had to show Lance my guitar.
Later that afternoon, a second friend showed Lance a recently purchased Martin D-28. Lance played the Martin, and he pronounced it a "…very nice guitar." Then turning and pointing to the case containing my TreeSong, Lance said, "…but that thing is a [expletive deleted] Jaguar!" The comment was a little crude, but I thought you might enjoy it anyway...
Josh Wenger (Singer/Songwriter/Teacher/Christian Musician) - is a graduate of Belmont University, Nashville Tennessee and holds a degree in music. Josh's guitar is made from Cocobolo and has a Sitka Spruce top. His guitar sound has great depth and clarity. A real beauty!
Tim Welch (Voice Teacher, Performer, Songwriter) Tim received his Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Illinois. Shortly after receiving his degree, he worked professionally in opera and musical theatre both in the United States and abroad. Tim is the proud owner of a Macassar Ebony/Sitka Spruce TreeSong. Striking appearance and a glassy balanced tone!
Mike Dawson - Mike is a former business owner who sold everything and is sailing around the world on his 55' catamaran "Shellette". He bought a Ziricote/Sitka Spruce guitar to begin his lifelong dream of becoming a guitar player while sailing living in tropical paradise! Mike is a man who dreams big and has the courage to make them reality!
Paula Taylor -(Actor/Director/Choreographer/Teacher) - Paula has a huge love for theatre, music, and the education of children through the arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from Millikin University in Decatur, IL.
Paula bought this one-of a-kind Malaysian Blackwood guitar with a Redwood top for her brother and sister in-law as a wedding gift to celebrate their marriage this last September! After receiving this wonderful gift they were nice enough to write a you letter to me expressing their appreciation for Paula's gift: "…this beautifully crafted guitar is by far the most incredible gift we have ever received. It brought tears to our eyes and we feel so blessed to have the honor of owning it…This guitar will be a part of our lives forever, and we are so overwhelmed with happiness…".
Way to go Paula!
Note the custom inlay that Paula ordered on the fingerboard!