Education

Classical Indian tabla studies with Wiley Sykes, 2008—2014

Classical Indian tabla studies (single lesson) with Jim Feist, 2012

Fiction & Literary writing studies with Orson Scott Card, 2011

West African percussion studies with Mamady Keita, 2011

West African percussion studies with Moussa Bolokada Conde, 2010

Bluegrass mandolin studies with Jeff Foxall, 2008-2009

Hammered dulcimer studies with Cindy Ribet, 2007

Latin Percussion studies with Beverly Botsford, 1995

Frame drum studies with Layne Redmond, 1995

Frame drum studies with Glen Velez, 1994

 

Employment
Music and Creative Arts Director, Awake Fellowship, Winston Salem, NC, 2008-2012

Built bands, trained musicians, led worship services, held monthly creative summits for local artists and musicians.

Itinerant teacher of percussion, creativity, and writing, 2008—present

Taught classes on various topics, including percussion, indigenous music, and creative writing, at workshops and conferences hosted by colleges, churches, and schools both nationally and internationally.  

- Keynote Speaker at CREATE Christian Arts Conference - Sydney Australia

- Keynote Speaker at Wildfire Christian Arts Conference - Byron Bay Australia

- Keynote Speaker at The Worship Studio’s Arts Conference - Black Mountain NC 

- Keynote Speaker at Heartbeat 2016 Creative Conference - Harrisburg, PA 

- Keynote Speaker at Resound Creative Arts Conference - Boulder CO 

Studio Musician, 2000-present

Contributed to recordings at various studios, including Skaggs Family Studios and Vibe56 (Nashville, TN), Attic Studios (Harrisburg, PA), GAT 3 and Bright City Studios (Charlotte, NC), and Threshing Floor Audio (Lincolnton, NC).   

Leader and Booking Manager of Songs of Water, 2002-present

    Booked and managed tours, handled finances and public relations.

Professional Percussionist 

Toured with Hindustani music group, Aradhna, 2012

Toured with Morningstar Christian worship band, 2004-2007 

Toured with a professional Turkish, Greek, Bulgarian folk group, 1994-1998

 

Accomplishments

• Composed and recorded six full-length albums, Funerals Of Sparrows (2000), Songs of Water (2004), Closer To The Burning (2006), Spontaneous Combustion (2010), The Sea Has Spoken (2010), Stars and Dust (2015) selling over 20,000 printed copies and 80,000 digital downloads.  

• Recorded hammered dulcimer and percussion on Grammy Award-winning-artist Ricky Skaggs’ 2011 album, Mosaic.  

• Contributed musically to the recordings of Gospel artists Jonathan David Helser, Suzy Wills Yaraei, Sean Feucht, Leonard Jones, Joe Vogles, Don Potter (Producer for The Judds) and Laura Cooke

• Appeared as guest on N.C. Public Radio’s The State of Things

• Aired on Thistle & Shamrock 

• Featured in Our State Magazine

• Featured Music Video in The Huffington Post

• Accumulated collectively over 105,800 hits for Youtube videos

• Endorsed by K & K Pick-ups, Skinny Beats Drums of Asheville, NC, 1964 Ears, Mid-East Music Company, Master Works Hammer Dulcimers, and The Box Kit Wooden Drums of Moravian Falls, NC. 

• Co-produced Songs of Water’s album The Sea Has Spoken as well as a solo album, Closer To The Burning    

 

Publications

• Self-published an illustrated children’s book, Satchel Willoughby & The Realm Of Lost Things (2011)

• Self-published five works of poetry, Poems Of Water (2004), Wanderings (2007), and The Beckoning (2008) A Strange Innocence (2015), Poetry Is My Protest (2017)

 

Honors

• Awarded The Regional Artists Project Grant by The United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro NC, 2013

• Songs of Water awarded Top Indie Band by Independent Music Reviewer Magazine, 2012 

• Songs of Water’s video Bread And Circus nominated for North Carolina Music Awards Best Video of The Year, 2011

• Songs of Water nominated for Best Country/Bluegrass/Americana band award for North Carolina Music Awards, 2011

Satchel Willoughby & The Realm Of Lost Things Top 5 finalist for the National Association of Educators and Students Publications, 2012

• Met with former Irish President, Mary Robinson at the 2015 Paris COP 21 to discuss the role of art and music in cultural and environmental transformations. (Hosted by Here Now).