The man who goes by the name Captain RW has always been committed to defining his own sound. A veteran showman and genuine entertainer in the classic sense of the word, he delights audiences with a blend of standards, jazz, easy rock, inspirationals, and Vegas-style showstoppers. â€œWeâ€™re producing our music with the sounds we want, not with what some A&R professional thinks is the industryâ€™s fancy,â€ explains RW. On every track of self-produced CDs like â€œSomeone to Share My Rainbow,â€ youâ€™ll find traces of his long and winding musical path as well as a sincerity that is hard to come by these days. Captain RW began his performing career playing piano, organ, and guitar as a youth with the World Christian Church in St. Louis, Missouri. By age 18 he had become Musical Director and Producer of the World Crusade For Christ radio show, airing on 153 stations worldwide. He then shifted his focus to live music and hit the nightclub circuit, signing with an entertainment agency and touring across 44 states and Canada for many years. In 1976 he caught a recording break when his song â€œTurnaroundâ€ was recorded by Nashville steel player Pete Drake and hit the Billboard Charts as #4 pick hit of the week for two weeks in a row. Soon after he had the chance to record at Sigma Studio and Future Gold in Philadelphia, accompanied by sections of the Philadelphia Philharmonic.
Eventually Captain RW settled in Florida where he put together a state-of-the art digital recording studio and formed BWC Entertainment – a full service studio, label, and publishing company. His twofold objective with BWC is to cater to musicâ€™s older market with a focus on standards and pop vocals, and to expand on those styles by introducing more contemporary production sounds to the genre. â€œI figured that if I liked different types of music, there must be other people out there who felt the same way.â€ His hunch was correct and the feedback has been encouraging – his previous CD sold nearly 200 copies its first month on CDBaby. Future projects include an album of classic American inspirational songs, a jazz album and a tribute to the great standards of the â€˜30s and â€˜40s.
Aside from a busy life as a composer, performer and producer, Captain RW is also the owner of an offshore sport fishing charter service out of Bradenton, Florida. His love of the vast blue expanse of open sea is fitting for a man who has spent his life exploring new horizons, and has no plans of slowing down. “Iâ€™m just looking for that perfect song with which I can bear my soul, and really connect with the listeners. Iâ€™ll never stop working towards that goal”