Dr. Kirk Fischer
I really thought I'd become a rock star. For almost 10 years during the 1970's my bands toured nationally and enjoyed considerable regional success, but the national hit record thing never quite broke for us. After all that touring and recording I needed a break to reassess and took a job in a piano and organ store. There I met Carol. We started a family. I put serious music on hold and pursued education, business, and family - watching my kids grow up sounded more appealing than the vagaries and demands of the music world. I never quit playing, I just stopped thinking of it as a source of income or self-fulfillment. I played for fun.
During the late 1990's I resumed gigging on weekends. My chops started coming back. I built a recording studio in our house. The passion returned. Over the past 20 years I've been privileged to produce some nice projects in the studio, play in many recording sessions, and today am active with a locally popular dance band with friends Jay, TerryLynn, and Richard called Touch of Class. Carol and I play every Sunday at Grace Presbyterian Church in the praise team with some great musicians. Carol is a strong professional musician in her own right.
And then comes this... my own CD with the incredible Mr. Greg Adams and the assistance of East Bay Soul. The first single, "Dis 'Sup" - co-authored with Greg - charted for 14 weeks. The CD stayed in the top-10-selling smooth jazz CDs on Amazon for weeks. Our live CD release concert in California was a dream come true for a lover of horn funk like me. I'm proud to be embraced by the likes of East Bay Soul and honored to have them help bring my songs to life.
Today my "day gig" is as an Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Nerd alert if you dare click on the faculty page. For the full business and academic story follow the Linkedin profile below.