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Liner Notes




Tim Gordon is a 1980 graduate of The North Carolina School of the Arts. He returned to NCSA in 1990 to complete a master’s degree in Saxophone Performance. Tim has established himself as a successful, nationally acclaimed, freelance recording artist. He has also spent a great deal of time as a teacher and touring musician. Working with some of the biggest names in the industry, including: The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Count Basie Orchestra, Roger Waters, The Spinners, Aretha Franklin, Frankie Valli, and Bonnie Bramlett. 

From the Liner notes of Tim’s CD, TIM GORDON UPAND UP:

“What makes a body of work? A list of top artists so deep from so many genres, that it suddenly hits you, Tim Gordon is one of those players—one of those clutch, go-to saxophonists—in contemporary music.” Ricky Shultz


Who is Glen Alexander? He just may be the most influential fiddler in North Carolina. Glen grew up in Pfafftown, a region of Winston-Salem dominated by Gospel and Bluegrass music. Growing up surrounded by a family of musicians, he thought it a practical question to ask his classmates, "What does your dad play?"

When he turned eleven, he started playing the fiddle and learned to play through the school orchestra. He had many local inspirations and taught himself to improvise by sitting in with his father's band, Muddy Creek. When he was fourteen, he snuck away from home to play his first competition in Yadkinville, where he won his first ribbon, 2nd place. A year after, he won his first Blue ribbon at Mt. Airy and competed and won almost everywhere he entered. In 1998 he won Galax, the most coveted prize for a fiddler on the East Coast. Now he has four Galax Blue ribbons. You can also see his name on over 300 CDs he's recorded fiddle on, and he has shared the stage with many of today's top bluegrass artists including Doc Watson, Allison Krause, and Ricky Scaggs.

Glen is also a session violinist who has played on sessions for songs and albums from classical to pop and rock and is co-owner of Charlotte’s “The Violin Shoppe”.

Glen can be reached for bookings at:


Cedric was born in Anderson, SC. His grandmother started him on piano at the age of three. By the age of twelve he was playing in church. Cedric attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte where he met his wife of many years, LeJeune. Together they have had a great influence on Gospel music and produced three fine young sons! You can get to know them in this video interview:

Cedric has played for, produced, and recorded for scores of well-known artists. He recently played Hammond B3 and piano on John P. Kee’s I Made it Out.

Cedric Thompson co-produced Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration is a gospel music compilation album. It won Best Traditional Gospel Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

You can connect with Cedric on Instagram @cedricthompson. He can also be contacted through Vocal Ink Production—301 730 4553


Jim Ruth has been playing clarinet, saxophone, and banjo in jazz bands since the age of fifteen.

Jim has played with both the Charlotte Symphony and the Charlotte Philharmonic and has been a studio musician for many years adding sax, clarinet, flute and banjo to TV and radio shows and commercials. Over the years he played in concert halls and nightclubs, backing up such artists as Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone, Liberace, Martha Reeves, B.J. Thomas, Bobby Rydell, and Johnny Mathis.



“A little rundown on Michael Montella: I’ve been playing guitar for over 60 years. While living in NY I performed in many clubs and lounges, both as a solo performer and with trios. Also, in NY I did recording session work, and had the pleasure of backing many great artists, including Della Reece. I moved to Charlotte in the seventies and worked continuously in many clubs and restaurants as a guitarist/vocalist. Presently I am working with a trio called “Swing Time”. We are available for private parties where we play a mix of dance music.”

Contact, Michael Montella


Alan Kaufman graduated from New York State University at Potsdam with a B.S. and M.S. Degree in Percussion. Since then, he has been a performer (keyboards & percussion), arranger, producer, educator and composer of commercial jingles, albums and soundtracks. He has produced albums and arranged music for The Buddy Rich Band, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Dan Truhitte (“Sound Of Music”), The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and many more. Alan has performed with/accompanied acts as diverse as: Luciano Pavarotti, Johnny Cash, Bernadette Peters, Bobby Vinton, Clay Aiken, and others. Besides his professional duties, he taught band for twenty-five years in both New York State and the Charlotte Catholic school system.


Nancy Jones is originally from Asheville, NC, but lived most of her adult life in Central California touring as a solo artist as well as with her band. Nancy is an award-winning songwriter. To her credit, she has won the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition, BAM (Bay Area Musician, San Francisco) Magazine’s “Women To Watch”, Monterey County’s ‘Damn Diva’s’ competition as well as many others. Nancy’s music is a broad brushstroke of influences from folk, rock, metal, country and international music, although, categorically, she is none of these things. Defying categorization, her music is live emotion chock full of stories that are true. Her music has a strong sense of place as geography is one of the wellsprings.

She has just released her new single, ‘Bad Checks,’ and is heading for a new home base in the Raleigh area.  You can follow her musical journey at


Kyle’s voice has graced several churches as soloist and is at home with a variety of music. He recently recorded the vocals for Anthem (Beyond the Valley), a movie theme for Jim Gleeson Productions. His talents also include acting and recently played Gabe in Breaking Up is Hard to Do, off Broadway.


We believe that every song or project is of the utmost importance to the Artist. We bring these songs to life with our state-of-the-art Recording Studios located in Charlotte, NC and Hagerstown, MD. With highly-trained Audio Engineers and industry-standard recording and mixing equipment, Vocal Ink will make your project soar to new heights with the most professional and quality sound. Serving clients in genres ranging from Rock, Country, Hip Hop, R&B, Gospel and even audio post-production for film, television and social media marketing, the sonic possibilities are endless. We strive in creating a safe and fun environment for all of our clients while maintaining the utmost care in recording and mixing. Contact us now to book a session for your next project!       301 730 4553       

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