Jeff, It is so wonderful to see someone else who has turned things around. I was hitting bottom, not sure I could find one reason that God would want me to still exist on this earth, as I was driving there was this voice on the radio that shook me to the core. I was incredibly touched by the singer. He seemed to feel everything he was saying, when the song was done the D.J. Said ladies and gentlemen that was Jeff Bates, a new and upcoming star. My answer to that was Amen! I immediately went to the store and purchased at the time what was your first CD. I listened to it until I knew every word to every song.
Healing takes place in all sorts of ways. But for me the healing came through your music. I then started to pay it forward. I am now a motivational speaker, and will forever thank you for "saving me with your voice". You healed me by teaching me that someone else could understand where I was and where I did not want to be. Thanks Jeff. I would love to do you and your wifes genealogy for your daughter and yourself. I have access to records from all over the world and will put it in book format for your family and your daughter. I would love to give back just a small amount to you and your family. I have been doing this for 30 years. Let me know.