“I was at a software conference and a guy there knew I could sing and asked me to emcee an event for him,” Tower explained.
“It was a dinner on a Thursday night. I joked and sang and it worked.”
People started to ask him if he could come and do the same thing for them at their meetings.
He did a few meetings a year and in 1999 his church lost its music director and asked him if he could temporarily step in, which he did for six-and-a-half years, still working full-time in another job.
He never lost his love of acting and singing.
Finally, he told his wife he wanted to try show business again.
“I'm supposed to be an actor,” he told his wife. “It's what I love to do and if I'm going to do it, I have to do it now.”
He took a job working for a Stillwater collection agency as a day job and started singing anywhere he could get a gig.
The local gigs turned into regional, then national; Tower now spends a lot of time on the road doing private events.
In 2011, he released his first CD, “Nice & Easy,” full of standards like “Night and Day,” “Luck Be a Lady,” “The Way You Look Tonight” and “My Way.”
Tower's voice is smooth and silky, in the same style as Michael Buble.
“I'm a throwback,” he said. “I love the music from the 1940s to the 1960s,” he said. “I love manners and dressing well. Look at Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Look at Bob Hope. I want to entertain, but I want to be nice while I'm doing it.”
He is. His well-tailored suit looked great with a white, French-cuffed shirt with matching pocket square, understated cuff links and a nice blue and black-striped tie.
If you can't catch Tower at his Dec. 21 show, he'll be performing at Sugar Creek Casino in Hinton on Feb. 16.
Between those dates, he'll be performing in Pennsylvania, Florida and Chicago.
Tickets to “Martinis & Mistletoe” are $10 for adults and $8 for children younger than eight. For tickets or more information, call (405) 533-8433 or www.tickets.stillwater.org.
His CDs are available on iTunes, Amazon, cdbaby.com or wadetower.com.