People have said Hal's music is a blend of a few styles but can be best described as his own. In his own words "I don't try to emulate anyone, I just sing and play what comes natural to me...... from my heart"
His parents always said he was born with music in him. At the young age of four Hal wanted to play guitar but his hand was too small to fit around a guitar neck. His parents bought him his first guitar when he was six and he started lessons. Within a few months he performed for the first time in front of his first grade class. At ten he began playing the drums as well. He went on to high school being chosen to play in the top bands on both instruments in his freshman year. Throughout the years Hal has experienced himself in many aspects of the music business. As he honed his skills as a singer/songwriter he worked as a roadi, guitar tech, recording engineer, producer, and became a respected live sound engineer and worked with many national acts. Hal is very diversified in his writing capabilities. When he began writing, country seemed to come natural to him. Ironically he came from a rock background. Growing up his parents were avid country music listeners and it was obvious it had become ingrained in him. His first opportunity as a songwriter came when he wrote the theme music entitled "Spirit Storm" for the Joe Who Show on a major radio station in Chicago. He then went on to enter the "2001 Colgate Country Showdown" and was chosen one of the top ten for the Chicago area with his own original music. At that time it became evident that he found his niche.
When he was ready to record his debut CD, his long time friend and world acclaimed guitar virtuoso Dave Uhrich offered to lend his support. The CD was recorded at Dave's studio and was a musician on it as well. Some of the best musicians in Chicago played on it, Jamie Pastman, Brian Wilke, Wally Hustin, and Rick Vitek. On a couple of the tracks his friend Ted Aliotta known for his song "Lake Shore Drive" played harmonica. Needless to say the CD started catching ears. Song writing superstar Jim Peterik of The Ides Of March/Survivor who penned the hits "Vehicle" and "Eye of The Tiger" as well as Big John Howell at US99 (Chicago).
To be closer to the heart of country music and the country songwriting community, Hal relocated to Nashville TN to pursue his career as an artist and as a songwriter. He has written with Jim Peterik, Brian White, Bo Bice and many other established writers/artists. Hal wrote the theme music entitled "Spirit Storm" a rocking guitar instrumental for the "Joe Who Show" on 105.9 FM WCKG in Chicago. He also co-wrote the title song for Ghostriders European release "Too Many Skeletons In Your Closet". He formed his own publishing company called The Handar Music Group and is a member of SESAC.
Hal is someone to watch for. He plans on making his mark in the music business. His songs tell stories that people can relate to. He has the ability to bring emotion to his audience. You'll find yourself moving to the beat of his song "DO IT YOURSELF THING" and your eyes welling up with "CAN'T BELIEVE" a song he wrote about his late parents. His lyrics are real and his melodies will hook you. That combined with his vocal ability will leave you wanting to hear more. To read Jim Peterik's review and others Click on "Press/Reviews"