Ron Bates - Vocals
Even as a young child music has always been a huge part of my life. Having both mother and father involved in music as vocalists I quickly discovered my talents for singing and musical instruments.
At age 2 I lost my vision to a deadly rare form of eye cancer, and learned to grow up normally along side my sighted peers.
As a self taught blind musician I tackled music in an alternative way. I began with piano, capturing songs by ear and applying them to the keys. Soon I added vocals to the mix and started writing my own material. I was active in choir and musical events through middle school and high school and after adding acoustic and electric guitar to my skills eventually began creating my own bands. Towards the end of high school I was performing live shows and trying my hand in the studio.
When I was 20 my first child also was diagnosed with the same eye cancer that I experienced as a young boy. Fighting for her vision I spent many months in the hospital and saw her through many kemo and lazor treatments. After a year of stress and strength I won the battle this time, assured that she would have normal eyesight.
I continued on through my early twenties playing numerous clubs and small venue shows guiding my long term project through many steps working on gaining recognition. There were four demos recorded during these years.
At age 26 I met my wife and had the amazing opportunity to travel alone to her home country of Norway. Finding the alternate culture interesting especially the music scene, I made the decision to relocate to her country where I immediately began to network with new musicians. I joined a project with four Norwegians as vocalist playing heavy rock, and began to play many gigs. For three years the band performed live and eventually recorded a short demo.
At age 31 I returned to the states with my wife and family and enrolled in our local colleges it program. I was the first blind student to study this path, and I had to advocate for my self fighting to make the program accesible. I graduated with my technical degree and taught myself computer recording using speech software to navigate recording aplications.
I soon after entered the local music scene again. Finding an interest in cover material, I began to examine song after song, experiencing new vocal abilities opening up a huge range of possibilities for my voice.
I entered and won many karaoke and singing competitions using these skills.
I am now recording my own material, and performing at local casinos and clubs while trying to find a vehicle for my original music.
I have not so far had the opportunity to work with someone in the industry, however, I have strong vocal and music talents, I can consistently write songs and can keep them sounding interesting and unique.
I also have experience writing songs for other people, providing music tracks, aranging vocals, and writing lyrics.