JD West is the force behind "THE ALAN GREY PROJECT" which led to the creation of "COSMIC COWBOY the MUSICAL" a musical screenplay and the first, true, full production musical play audio book adaptation with dozens of actors and musicians involved in production. West is a singer/songwriter and a 2013/14 International Song Competition Finalist and Semi-Finalist in Pop/Country/Folk and Singer-Songwriter categories whose songs have been on hold for some of the biggest stars in Country Music including Carrie Underwood, Wynonna Judd, LeAnn Rimes, Jake Owen, Lee Brice.
As a young teen in the 1960's, born and raised in Southern California, West fell in love with folk and Bluegrass music and was a 5-string banjo student of the legendary John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In 1996, West moved from California to Nashville TN. to immerse himself in the Country Music scene and the local songwriter community. He wrote with published writers in the hallowed writers rooms of RCA records, where plaques of legendary songswriters like Willie Nelson and Hank Williams Jr. hung on the walls of the 10'X10' foot enclosures to remind us what we were trying to accomplish that day with only our guitars, our imagination, a pencil and a yellow legal pad at our disposal.
After 9 frustrating years, with no success, West left Nashville with his tail between his legs for Santa Cruz California from whence he came all those years earlier. He put down his instruments and imagination for 8 years before songs started pouring into his consciousness again in 2012. But they were from the female perspective! From his years in Nashville, West had the knowledge to hire a Music Row studio and Nashville's #1 demo singer to bring his songs into fruition. 5 love songs came out of those recording sessions. After pitching his songs to the publishing industry with lots of interest but no deals, West wrote one UFO song and had it recorded in San Jose California. A friend familiar with his work told him he had the makings of a musical love story movie script! Two screenplay writers, a Hollywood script consultant, 11 song recordings and 6 years later, JD hired Pro Audio Voices' Becky Parker Geist, out of San Rafael California to produce the first true musical audiobook ever produced, “COSMIC COWBOY the MUSICAL”. William Shatner, yes, Captain Kirk, even read the play and considered being the narrator before finally declining our offer, but all the actors are highly professional and fabulous!