Thomson's Ed Grisham has been singing in church choirs since he was a young man. And despite his God-given talent, he never really thought about recording any of his songs - well, until recently.
The 60-year-old Dr. Grisham, who served as McDuffie County school superintendent for 13 years, can now lay claim to such an achievement.
Dr. Grisham has just released a CD, entitled Faith, Family and Christmas - with a touch of Elvis. He recorded the CD about a month ago in the musical studios of Archie Jordan, a well-known song-writer, singer, who lives in Perkins, Ga. Mr. Jordan recently performed a concert at First Baptist Church of Thomson - where Dr. Grisham has sang in the church choir for nearly 17 years.
"I've always enjoyed music and loved singing," said Dr. Grisham during a Monday interview with The McDuffie Mirror. "I'd thought about recording some songs in the past, but being an educator for 35 years, it seemed there was never enough time to do it."
Now retired from fulltime responsibilities in the education field and working a job part-time, he found the time to fulfill what he believes God wanted him to share with others - his gift of music and songs.
"It's very enjoyable knowing that I'm sharing something with others that I believe God wanted me to share," said Dr. Grisham. "It feels good."
While serving as a principal in Calhoun, Ga., Dr. Grisham's love of music became apparent during a Christmas show presented by the faculty one year.
Dressed as an Elvis Presley impersonator, Dr. Grisham performed one of the late singer's greatest hits, "Teddy Bear."
"The students went crazy," recalled Dr. Grisham.
Since then, he has been performing and dressing as an Elvis impersonator. Last week marked the 30th anniversary death of Elvis Presley. He died at the age of 42.
Dr. Grisham has performed his Elvis tribute many times locally.
The sixth song on his new CD is about Thomson, entitled, "Thomson, My Hometown."
"It incorporates local businesses, as well as The Brickyard and the Thomson High School Bulldogs," said Dr. Grisham. "It's kinda cute. It has a catchy jingle."
Dr. Grisham explained that Mr. Jordan was able to put guitar music to the Thomson song "in about two minutes."
Dr. Grisham said he wrote 90 percent of the lyrics to the song about Thomson one night while sitting at his kitchen table.
"I couldn't sleep, because I had the song on my mind," said Dr. Grisham. "I polished it up a little over the next couple of days. It turned out to be a cute song and one I hope others like as much as I do."
Three of the songs on the CD are written by Mr. Jordan, including one of Dr. Grisham's favorites, "Three nails and Two Boards."
"That's definitely my favorite song on the CD," said Dr. Grisham. "I love all styles of music. I love music that tells a story and has inspiration."
Anyone interested in purchasing one of Dr. Grisham's CDs can do so by getting in touch with any band student at Thomson High School or by contacting First Baptist Church of Thomson. The CDs are selling for $10 each.
Proceeds from the CD will go to the Thomson High School Bulldog Brigade and the Thomson First Baptist Church Youth Group.
LISTEN TO "THOMSON, MY HOMETOWN"