Walter Cunningham Jr. Biography
Eclectic is the word Walt uses to describe both him and his music: And it is a key to how his various careers and musical loves have come together to create a groundbreaking music gospel group and CD.
A standout in his native Iowa, Walt excelled in many different areas. Declining a scholarship to Julliard, Walt decided to attend West Point making him one of only a thousand plus black Americans to graduate from the distinguished military academy. After fulfilling his military obligation, his communication skills won him the prestigious opportunity to serve as a national spokesperson for West Point.
Walt further honed those skills in the business sector working for corporate giants Pfizer, Inc and Wilson Learning. Over a 12 year period he has worked in sales, training and development, and performance consulting, earning many awards including top regional salesman for the launch of Viagra.
During all the above Walt has always been involved with his God given gift of music. Whether it was as a lead in the many musicals, or as the cadet in charge of gospel choir at West Point, he somehow found a way to stay connected to his love of music. He has been actively involved in the local gospel music arena as a minister of music for several different Chicago-land churches and has conducted gospel music workshops across the mid-western and eastern U.S. It was at this time that he founded the community group now called One Accord.
Following his passion is what led Walt to the Ivy League where he is the Ensemble Conductor for the gospel choir at Dartmouth College. During his 5 year tenure, response has been amazing! The ensemble has become the most popular ensemble on campus with attendance numbers tripling over the same timeframe.
All the above has shaped Waltâ€™s music of love, hope, and inspiration. His motivation is to bring this music to a world in need of something to ease their daily journey while simultaneously helping them to fulfill their divine destiny.