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A dream come true
For the past 27 years, Stan Fletcher has wanted to record his own songs.
Now, at the age of 36, he has.
When I was 9, my parents gave me some of their old Elvis Presley 45s, and I played those things over and over again, and came up with my own songs, Fletcher said. I pestered my parents into giving me a cheap little portable tape recorder and I was so disappointed I didnt sound like Elvis.
Fletcher doesnt sound much like Elvis, but the quality and content of his music is greatly improved. Hell be performing at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Decatur High School auditorium
He just finished recording his first CD under the Do Good Music label, on which hes the lead vocalist and the author of the 12 featured songs. Hell sing these songs on Sunday, as well as other new work.
The theme of both the performance and the CD is Gods never ending love, Fletcher said. Its from the Book of Joshua, in which God promises never to leave or forsake us if we seek him out. That is also my personal experience, and these songs celebrate that relationship.
Fletcher has been singing and playing his guitar most of his life; in dark smoky nightclubs late at night when he was younger and most recently on Sunday mornings, at Federal Ways Church at Palisades, where hes been the worship pastor since 1994.
He discovered the churchs easy nature a decade ago and began developing his musics current direction during Sunday worship services.
Stan brings a lot of personality to the church, senior pastor Billy Arnold said. He has a shepherds heart he loves people and looks at them as individuals with unique gifts and problems. His music explores the relationship between us and God and with each other.
Fletcher is unusual in another way; hes a professional model.
When I was 20, I was cleaning pools in a wealthy Dallas suburb at day and singing at night, he said. There was a fashion photo shoot going on at one place, and the photographer approached me and said I had the facial bone structure of a model.
Fletcher did some modeling for a while, but eventually dropped it. About three years ago he remembered his old agent had said that male models were usually more commercially successful in their 30s, and so he decided to try again.
I do it sporadically, once a month or so for a few hours. It gives me a little extra money to treat my wife with, he said. What I like about it most is that its a completely different mind set and group of people than I am usually with.