For Chad Abernathy, life has been an incredible journey.
Perhaps that's one reason the former two-time Examiner High School Baseball Player of the Year, former Oklahoma State University standout, entrepreneur and musician selected “The Journey” as the title for his new CD.
The 2001 Truman High School graduate has a bucket list that includes items most of us can only dream about – and most of his dreams have become reality.
“I wanted to play Division I baseball,” Abernathy said. “I wanted to play baseball overseas – and I did, when I played in Amsterdam.”
That statement should be amended to when he starred in Amsterdam as his team won the league championship and he was known for his penchant for big hits – like two walk-off homers.
“I wanted to coach, and that's what I'm doing now – along with about a hundred other things at Koa Sports (a new company located in Bethesda, Md., where he is the director of player development) and I've always wanted to play music and make a CD.”
He was one of the most popular solo acts in the metro area after returning home from Oklahoma City, and he often performed alongside his father Bill (who recently released his own CD entitled “Changes”).
While he now calls Bethesda home, he recently finished a two-year labor of love by putting the final touches on “The Journey.”
To call the project a labor of love would be an understatement. His father first got him interested in music.
“I first picked up a guitar when I was 8,” Abernathy said. “I come from a musical family. My dad Bill just released a CD (www.billabernathy.com) and we used to play together all around town. I remember when his friends used to come over and they would jam – and I was supposed to be in bed – but I couldn't sleep with all that great music going on.
“I'd sneak down to the basement and listen to them. My dad knew I was interested in music, and one day I came home and there was a guitar. He didn't say anything, didn't force me to take lessons, and I picked it up and that was pretty much it.”
The love affair has lasted 22 years, and is getting stronger with the soon-to-be-released CD.
“I went into the L.A. Audio studio in Olathe, Kan., with a book of songs and some great musicians,” Abernathy said. “I told them to listen to the songs and then do what they do best. To hear it all come together was a rush.”
Abernathy kept the entire process local as he worked with the Independence-based MyArts program to design “The Journey” CD cover.
“It's really important to me to help them get the word out about the program,” he said, “they did a great job!”
Of all the items on Abernathy's bucket list, “The Journey” becoming reality is No. 1 with a bullet.
“It's the real deal – 11 tracks, a real CD,” he said, grinning. “It's a mixture of rock, blues, some country. I'm proud of it and can't wait to get it out there for people to listen to. I have no idea what's going to happen with this CD – if something happens, it happens. If not, well it wasn't for a lack of trying.”
“The Journey” can be purchased at www.chadabernathy.com via download.