In the midst of the glitz and the glamour and the superstars that come out of “Music City U.S.A.,” people tend to forget that it’s all about the song. It’s the origin point for the music they hear coming out of their radios and stereos and television sets, and there are flesh-and-blood people behind every syllable and every note.

Music has always had a powerful connection to events in my life, and in taking my camera around Nashville, first as a photojournalist then as a freelance photographer, this city’s music has become even more embedded within me. For 24 years now I have set out to meet the names behind the songs, capturing the personalities and environments that make up this city’s fabric of songwriting talent.

I wanted to see if I could capture visually a bit of the essence that translates sonically into their fantastic songs.

Putting faces with names is a lot like putting works with music; it fleshes out the experience in an unexpected way. These faces are my hit songs, and I’m pleased to get to share a few  of them with you.