Personal Bio – Born in Spartanburg, SC to Mr. Hugh B. and Mrs. Elizabeth Myers Culbreth on April 8th, 1951 and given the name of Hugh Crayton Culbreth. I am the youngest of three children. My brother Roger is the oldest and my sister Barbara, is in the middle. We were all raised in Inman, a small town inside the county of Spartanburg, SC. Other than a little over three years in active military service, I have lived in Spartanburg County all my life. My brother and sister are both married and moved away with families of their own.
Graduating from Chapman High School in 1969, and not being quite ready to go on to college I committed to join the military. Among other duty assignments in the military, was a year service in Vietnam. After being honorably discharged and working a few years trying to get my head screwed on straight, I enrolled in Spartanburg Technical College and graduated with and Associates Degree in Transportation Management. Transferring all the credit I could to a senior college, I continued my education at Limestone College to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Both the technical and college degrees were completely achieved through night classes going full time for five years. I was also married and had one small child.
As mentioned above I am married and have a total of three children: Michael, Rhett and Kalin. The oldest Michael, is married and has two children of his own. His wife's name is Heather. His children are Hunter who is the oldest and Baleight who is the youngest. My daughter who is the youngest of my three children also is married and has one child who's name is Abby. So I am a grandfather. My loving and caring wife of 31 years name is Karen. My entire family is 100% behind me in my musical pursuits to serve the Lord and continues to encourage me not to waste my abilities.
In my early life I belonged to Inman First Baptist Church where my Mom and Dad made sure I was in the church each and every time the doors were open. I was involved in many activities and programs at the church. Although I gave my life to the Lord at nine and was baptized, I strayed away from the Lord and the Church. For many years I lived in darkness and could have lost my life more than once. Although still in my heart, the Lord was not first in my life. But thanks to the grace and mercy of the Lord, He was with me all the way and kept the doors open for my return. My church membership is at Gravely Memorial UMC but I am currently attenting Spartanburg Community Church. At Gravely I was the lay leader for about 10 years and taught the senior high Sunday school class. I was also a member of several committees within the church, including: Trustee, pastor parish relation committee, administrative council and nominating committee. I am certified for lay speaking.
I have no doubt where I will go when I leave this old world and look forward to the day I will meet my savior face to face and hear the words that we all should want to hear, “Welcome home my good and faithful servants, welcome home”.
Music Bio – As far back as I can remember my dad put on performances, which included magic, art, hypnotism and music. As each of his children became physically and mentally able and dad discovered what our talents were he would use us in different parts of his performance. First time on stage I was four years old singing, YOU AIN’T NOTHING BUT A HOUNDDOG. Well that was the beginning of my musical experience and I just kept going and growing from that time.
Somewhere around the fifth or sixth grade I started taking music lessons. During the next six years I continued to take music lesson, which included the piano, violin, banjo and flute. Don’t know why I didn’t take lessons on the guitar unless it was because Dad paid for the lessons and he didn’t encourage guitar lessons or maybe there wasn’t anyone around that taught guitar lessons. I asked for a guitar one Christmas and got my wish. At the age of nine I was in my first band playing the bass line on a six-string guitar. My musical career begin to grow and by the 11th grade I was in a group that was playing all up and down the east coast in many large nightclubs and many major colleges and universities. We also backed several of the top named beach and soul groups of that era. When I was discharged from the military and before I settle into a “REGULAR JOB” I joined a road group. Unfortunately most all of their playing was in bars and other establishments that served alcohol. Although raised in the church I had falling away from the church and the Lord was not first in my life. After several years of this I just got feed up with music and all the ups and downs and sold everything I had that related to music. I completely withdrew from music and God given musical talents.
After several years of marriage and being back involved in the church I joined the church choir. In just a very short time in the choir I began to be chosen to sing solos, duets and other ensembles from the choir. Other members of the church and I formed a Gospel combo playing different instruments and singing. One involvement with music lead to another, which eventually led to me joining a Gospel Quartet in 1984 with the members being our minister of music, her husband, the assistant minister of music and I. Although I had written secular songs back when I played secular music I had not written songs in many year. Somewhere in the early ‘90’s I started writing again but this time they were Gospel songs. Feeling that my calling was to move out and grow a ministry in song and the Quartet was committed to stay in our church, I pulled out of the quartet and went into a solo ministry. After several years of solo work the Lord begin to form the Gospel group 2 – R – MORE during the fall of 1999. By the end of March 2001 the group’s last member was added and we made our first public appearance on April 8th, 2001. This brings me to where I am today. With a group that loves the Lord, feels called to serve, desires to pursue that calling and growing faster than we understand. We know it is the Lord and we give Him the praise, honor and glory for what He has done in our lives and through our lives.