About Chuck


Hi, Gentle Reader

I’m Cecil Charles McCumber. Some people call me “Chuck.”

If I had to describe myself in one word, it would probably be “interested.” In many, often juxtaposed, things.

Born and raised in Reno, NV, I now live in Nasvhille, TN as a professional singer / songwriter. You can hear my project, The Pretty Unknown, here.

From a young age I liked to draw, studied karate, foreign languages, and read Tolkien. By the time I was a senior in high school, I was electing to take both AP Calculus and AP Art and I chose to attend the US Naval Academy in Annapolis. My degree from the academy was a Bachelors of Science in English Literature and a minor in Japanese. Don’t worry – even I was confused.

After achieving my Masters in Business Administration, I went on to be the Director of Marketing for ACCESSTM Event Solutions – an inspiring company that put me smack-dab in a little-known niche of the music industry.

Which was good, because while I enjoyed acting the professional by day, I was also the lead singer, guitarist, and chief songwriter of The Pretty Unknown – my all-original band of the last 4 years, and the most exciting musical project with which I’ve ever had a chance to work.

I’ve since moved to Nashville, TN to pursue the arts (music, writing, acting).

I’m using this website (chuckslamp.com) to explore my own thoughts on the world, and create a place where people can discuss things we don’t often all talk about.

I’m very aware that with any creative art form, there is the underlying battle between technique and inspiration. We, as a species, know a lot about teaching technique.

We don’t know much about inspiration.

Even the most inspired artists, musicians, writers, and yes, business people in our world had to learn the very logical fundamentals of their craft. But that mysterious element of inspiration is both a requirement for great art, and perhaps what makes it so much fun.

This juxtaposition between learned technique and the intangible is a great example of the duality that I am interested in and which, in many ways, defines me.  I’d bet it defines you, my gentle reader, as well.

I have to hope that even though my varied pursuits tend to make a professional focus more difficult, they keep me open to, and appreciative of, life and its countless opportunities.

Finally, I’m incredibly thankful to everyone who has taken the time to read and comment on articles in this website. It’s become a community and a conversation that I never expected, and it means the world to be a part of people thinking and talking about how they view themselves and the world.

I hope you enjoy your visit.

~ Chuck