GRAMMY-nominated Tim Menzies grew up in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Tim’s Mom, Janet Menzies, fell in love with music early in life and began singing and playing guitar while still a young girl. In 1952, Janet married Walter Menzies, who became her #1 fan and supporter. Janet became a member of Richmond’s “Old Dominion Barn Dance,” and as each of their five children was born The Menzies Family band gained a new member. The Menzies Family performed extensively in Richmond, and eventually traveled the East Coast and Canada, sharing their musical gifts with receptive audiences. They frequently performed as the opening act for many future legends in Country Music including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and many others.
In 1980, Tim moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. While playing night clubs in Nashville, Tim met future band mates Jerry Fox, Jerry Johnston, Joe Van Dyke, and Lonnie Wilson. Together they formed Warner Brothers Recording band, Bandana. In Bandana, Tim first experienced recording in the studio, interacting with record labels, publishers and country radio stations across America. While touring and recording with Bandana, Tim met individuals in the Nashville music community who eventually hired him to play and sing on their Nashville projects. This led Tim to transition from traveling for a living to staying home in Nashville with his wife Brenda and their son Timothy.
During the mid 1980’s, Tim began playing guitar on records with artists such as Kenny Rogers, Tammy Wynette, Waylon and Willie and others. Recording with prominent artists and top musicians in Nashville was a dream come true for Tim, but the songs he had written in his boyhood home began a lifelong love of songwriting. While Tim was making a living playing guitar on records, singing national jingles for Coca Cola, Bonanza Restaurants, and Chevrolet Trucks, as well as performing in Nashville venues at night, he continued to develop his songwriting. Tim’s songs caught the ear of legendary publisher Bob Beckham, and in March of 1985 Bob signed Tim to Combine Music. As Nashville artists began hearing and recording Tim’s songs, he was able to transition to full time songwriting.
Eventually, Tim’s demonstration recordings of his songs attracted producers Bob Montgomery and James Stroud. In 1989, Tim recorded “Stone By Stone,” with Bob Montgomery and in 1992, he recorded “This Ol Heart” with James Stroud. While these albums did not garner the commercial success for which Tim had hoped, they did become another means of artists hearing and recording the songs Tim had written. In 1990 Tim signed with another legendary publisher, Pat Higdon. Throughout the coming years, Tim continued to enjoy hearing his songs sung by some of the most gifted singers in Nashville.
Some artists who have recorded Tim’s songs include George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers, John Conlee, Gene Watson, Shenandoah, Doug Stone, Diamond Rio, Tracy Lawrence, Shelby Lynn, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Mark Chestnutt, Randy Travis, Patty Loveless, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Joe Diffie, Trace Adkins, Josh Turner and many others.
Tim’s wife Brenda grew up in the Church. When their son Timothy was a toddler, the Holy Spirit compelled Brenda to raise him in the Church, as she had been. After many months of their attending without Tim, the Lord employed 5-year old Timothy to compel his Dad to attend with the family. Tim began attending Church with his family, and soon felt the movement of the Holy Spirit in his life. In 1991, Tim joined a small Bible Study group with Brenda, and while studying God’s Word, Tim received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. When Tim wasn’t writing songs, he was absorbed in God’s Holy Word. Over the next several years, God increasingly called and equipped Tim to teach others about the Holy Scriptures, resulting in Tim leading and teaching hundreds of Bible classes and being blessed to witness God’s Word transform lives.
Through a series of promptings and circumstances over the past few years, Tim discerned the Lord was calling him to record a Christian album. At the perfect time, God led Tim to Ben Isaacs of “The Isaacs,” internationally acclaimed and awarded Christian singing family. In 2013 Tim, Ben, and recording engineer Mark Capps, began recording Tim’s first Christian album. Through the recording process, Tim’s lifelong love of music, his relationship with Jesus, and Ben’s gifts as a Producer resulted in Tim’s GRAMMY-nominated album, His Way Of Loving Me.