“There’s nothing worse than a drunk Christian,” Edgar Struble said of his struggle with alcoholism, which took a turn for the worse during the height of his career. Struble, now one of the most sought after music directors in the world, attributes his sobriety and sustained career to the rededication of his life to the Lord, “Having Jesus Christ as your higher power, gives you a leg up.”
Struble began his career in the early sixties as an aspiring pianist for “The Swinging Six,” a band that he started when he was in eighth grade. The group lasted only a single concert – not so different than most ambitious garage bands.
Fast forward fifty years and you’ll find that this story ends slightly different than most – with Struble as the Director of Music for the American Music Awards. He details his journey from small-town band to now being what some might call “The Most Famous Person You’ve Never Heard Of” in a recent tell-all interview on “The Lucas Miles Show.”
“It was always in my heart to be a successful musician,” Struble said. That dream of making it big took him from Michigan to Tennessee to California – with lots of stops along the way. From touring with Kenny Rogers to his battle with addiction, Struble’s had a wild ride.
Despite the professional and personal ups and downs, Struble said that God always provided opportunity, even when it seemed as if none were possible. In the late 90s, Struble and his wife relocated to Los Angeles and since then he’s served as Music Director for some of the most prestigious award shows in the world including the Academy of Country Music Awards and the American Music Awards.
During his time in L.A. he’s worked with big names like Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Swift. At age 65, Struble says he’s not finished yet. There are plenty of new projects on the horizon, and he’s even switching mediums, now sitting in the producer’s chair on a few different films and snagging the title of “author” with the publication of his book, Working in the Music Industry, which offers solid advice to up-and-coming music professionals.