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Described as being "a multi-genre musical genius" and "the best musician in martial arts alive today", Todd Norcross has been writing and recording songs for over twenty five years. He earned a Degree in Sound Engineering and Advanced Music Production from the prestigious "Recording Workshop" school in 1997. He has written, recorded and produced 32 albums and well over 600 hundred original songs ranging from pop and folk rock to Japanese and Celtic instrumentals and movie soundtrack scores. Although primarily a finger-picking guitarist, he also plays five other instruments. In 1998, he was recognized as being a "visionary of sound for the next generation of home-spun musicians". As a life-long martial artist, Todd Ryotoshi Norcross has been involved in the martial arts since age 10. He holds teaching licenses in To-Shin Do and Sr. Black Belt degrees in Budo Taijutsu/Ninjutsu under Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi. In 2006, he was awarded the ninja warrior name "Ryotoshi" which means "Knight of the Clear Blade of Truth" by Tenth Degree Black Belt Hall of Fame Member Stephen K. Hayes. He is a meditation teacher and lecturer on Philosophy/Cognitive studies in science and how it can be applied in the West. He was given the spiritual name "Ho-Un" meaning "Dharma Cloud" in 2003. He has body-guarded for The Dalai Lama and other celebrities and dignitaries such as Muhammad Ali and John Mellencamp on several occasions. He co-founded a non profit organization (Spirit Quest) in 2004 to help teach self-protection and meditation to inner city youth in six Ohio locations. Todd's articles, blog, poetry and artwork have been published nationally. He is also an avid reader and oil painter. He earned a Bachelor's of Philosophy Degree in 2012. When not creating music, he owns and teaches at his self-protection school north of Cincinnati, Ohio. Excerpt from magazine interview with Singer/Guitarist Todd Norcross on his musical influences: "I learned to play guitar and create recordings from studying the style of musician Lindsey Buckingham. I had never seen anyone play like that. He is simply brilliant and a real musical genius. I immediately saved up money to buy my first left-handed electric guitar and amplifier after hearing Fleetwood Mac's single "Little Lies" on the radio in 1988. I was about eighteen at the time. I don't use a traditional flat pick but only my fingers when I play my guitars. Even the electric guitar solos are done with the "travis-style" finger-picking I learned from Mr. Buckingham. To this day I still love attending his concerts and supporting his albums. My singing influences vary widely. I love Fleetwood Mac's diversity. In my opinion, there are no better harmonies on Earth than the Bee Gees. They still blow me away every time I hear them, especially their 80's and 90's stuff. The Mamas and the Papas were a great influence. The Beatles are icons to many, including myself. The singer Russell Hitchcock from Air Supply is amazing. He has probably the most beautiful male voice I have ever heard. I also like Celtic music and enjoy Loreena Mckennit and Enya. My classical compositions are a result of listening to movies like Braveheart, Conan The Barbarian and Lord of the Rings. These composers are at the top of their game and are constantly inspiring me to get off my butt and do more as a soundtrack composer. It is so nice to have role models who are still very much alive and active in their fields." Albums by Todd Norcross 1. Demos (1994) 2. Invoking Moods Pop/Rock (1994) 3. Above and Beyond Pop/Rock (1995) 4. Rise and Fall Pop/Rock (1995) 5. Welcome To My World Pop/Rock (1996) 6. To Each His Own Pop/Rock (1996) 7. Irish Eyes Folk/Rock (1997) 8. Drawing Steel - Orchestral Pieces (1997)* 9. California Moon Pop/Rock (1998) 10. Cuts on My Hands Pop/Rock (1998) 11. Eleven Pop/Rock (1999) 12. Clash of the Kings –Orchestral Pieces (1999)* 13. Stress Cow Band “Live and Raw” Pop/Rock (2000) 14. Strings of Steel Pop/Rock (2000)* 15. Wonderland Pop/Rock (2001)* 16. Taiken –Instrumental (2002)* 17. The Cold Moon - Producer/Musician (2005)* 18. Todd Norcross Pop/Rock (2007)* 19. Brotherhood of the Moon - New Age/Instrumental (2008)* 20. Eastern View Series Disc 1- Finding Happiness -Self Help/Meditation (2009)* 21. Eastern View Series Disc 2-The Jewel Tree Heroic Visualization -Self Help (2009)* 22. Eastern View Series Disc 3- Conquering Stress- Self Help (2009)* 23. Eastern View Series Disc 4-Botany and the Mind/Personal Responsibility for our thoughts-Self Help (2009)* 24. Taiken 2 (2009) Percussive Rhythm Instrumentals for dance, martial arts, yoga and relaxation visualizations 25. The Best of Orchestral Pieces -Classical Music(2010)* 26. Taiken 3 (2011) Eastern influenced instrumentals for dance, martial arts, yoga and relaxation visualizations 27. Ancestor (2012) - New Age instrumentals 29. The Key of Life (2013) - Instrumentals 30. Lineage and Lore (2014) - Instrumentals 31. Taiken 4 (2015) - Japanese Based Rhythm Instrumentals 32. Compilation - (2016) The Essential Todd Norcross *Albums available for digital download at Itunes or at online web sites and music stores like www.cdbaby.com
Todd Norcross: Taiken 4
Below is a fan poem written about Todd Norcross by the late Author/Poet Bea Glacken I can give you words From my inner being, I can give you sparkling jars Of blueberry jam, I can give you heavy chunks Of homemade fudge, Not enough. Early morning dew On still-yawning flowers, Vari-colored trees Bending and dancing to please you, Still not enough. Yet you have filled all my senses With your music and love there-in, More than enough. I am made happy, drowsy, dreamy. Tranquility covers me, Yet joy shines within. You may do other things, But I believe this is your true gift, Not only enough, but matchless.