Often referred to as a "triple threat" by music critics, Lionel Cartwright wows his audiences with straight from the heart singing, incredible songwriting talents, and remarkable musicianship. Cartwright combines energy and exuberance with an edgy country earthiness to produce music that is uniquely his.
A West Virginia native, Cartwright began pursuing a career in music very young, performing at 4-H talent shows, church, school events, and eventually becoming a regular on a country radio show in Milton, West Virginia at the age of 15. From there he graduated to a position as a featured singer and musician on the popular "Country Cavalcade" show on WMNI in Columbus, Ohio. A self-taught, multi-talented musician, he worked his way through Wheeling College by serving as first a backup piano player and then a featured performer and musical director of WWVA's Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia. Following a five year stint there, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he was chosen by the then-new Nashville Network to perform in the music and comedy series "I-40 Paradise."
In 1988, Cartwright signed a deal with MCA Records, which yielded several top 10 hits, including "I Watched It All On My Radio" and "Leap of Faith." Cartwright has devoted the past several years to being a husband and father and has continued to write songs. In 1999 he formed his own record label, Intuitive Records, and released the "Miles & Years" CD. As he prepares and writes for another major CD project to be released over the next year, Cartwright recently launched the "Signature Series" to provide his loyal fans with new music in the interim. "Signature Series Volume 1" includes five tracks: three newly written songs and new recordings of two of his past hits, "In My Eyes" and "Leap of Faith."
"The Signature Series was inspired by the reactions I've had from playing solo over the years," Cartwright explains. "These cuts are very intimate in nature, kind of an 'unplugged' approach. I love acoustic music, so making these was a real labor of love. The goal of this project was simply to get at the heart of these songs and express them in an authentic, direct, honest way. I dedicate this project to the people who have supported me over the years and have told me they were moved in some way by my music. That's what making music is all about to me: moving people; making them feel something."