Lionel’s long journey through the music landscape began in West Virginia where, as a multi-talented teenager, he performed in 4-H talent shows, community events and on local radio. He grew up performing on country music shows in West Virginia and Ohio, including radio shows in Columbus, OH, and the historical WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling, WV. Eventually moving to Nashville, his next step was to perform and lead bands on the Nashville Network shows I-40 Paradise and Pickin’ at the Paradise.
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Spotted by producer Tony Brown, this singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist signed with MCA Records in 1987 and recorded three albums, resulting in nine top-10 country hits, including the #1 chart-toppers “I Watched It All (On My Radio)” and “Leap Of Faith.” Devoting more time to family and songwriting, Cartwright later released several projects on his own label, pioneering the possibilities of the Internet, and continuing to grow as a musical craftsman.
Lionel’s career highlights:
• Winning three BMI Million-Air awards for songs receiving over a million airplays.
• Scoring Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice, a PBS documentary on the inspiring life of West Virginia statesman Ken Hechler, who served in the FDR and Truman administrations.
• Composing for film and TV projects, including themes for HGTV, Discovery, Nickelodeon and Food Network programs (among them, Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals).
• Being honored by the Tennessee House of Representatives in February of 2008 with a Special Resolution recognizing his contributions to music, community, and the State of Tennessee.
• Leading the music community at Nashville’s HopePark Church voted “Best Church Music” numerous times in local publications).