Thanks to the truckers

| December 15, 2005

“When you drive a truck, you meet people from all walks of life,” Tanner says. “Dealing with people on their level trained me to be an opera singer.

“But it didn’t teach me how to deal with overbearing, pretentious sopranos.”

Truck driving is an integral part of Tanner’s past and still plays a role in his current publicity. Recently, a German magazine photographed Tanner driving a 55-foot, 70-ton trailer on the narrow highways of Germany.

“I didn’t think there was any way I was going to be able to fit that thing on the road,” Tanner says.

Mindy Rayner, Tanner’s publicist, attributes Tanner’s fame to his amazing voice and equally intriguing story.

“I don’t know of any others quite like this one,” Rayner says. “The reason he is getting this press is because people aren’t saying, ‘Oh, another truck driver and bounty hunter turned opera singer.’”

Last year, Tanner sang his famous rendition of “O Holy Night” for President Bush and the First Lady at the Christmas Pageant of Peace in Washington, D.C. This year, the archdioceses of New York and the Vatican have invited Tanner to sing the same song at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Tanner maintains that singing was never his dream – it was his calling.

“I was chosen to do it,” he says. “Happiness lies in finding out what you are supposed to be doing and finding aspects of it that you love.”

For now, Tanner is content to be an internationally acclaimed opera tenor with performances lined up until 2010. But he speaks of his days on the road with a lot of love and affection.

“I still have a lot of friends who are truck drivers,” Tanner says. “If there was one thing I enjoyed, it was driving a truck.”

For more information on Carl Tanner, visit this site.


Trucking from Anxiety to Zen
Frustrated with the politics of her social work occupation and ready for a life change, Joyce Cascio decided to embrace truck driving and ultimately achieve her life dream – becoming a writer.

Already working two jobs in programs to prevent domestic violence and counsel victims of domestic violence, and with two college degrees, Cascio wanted to do something different that did not include textbooks and classrooms. So she signed up for a paid training program with Schneider to become a driver.

Cascio drove for 16 months and kept a journal of her experiences on the road. While new and exciting, the first months of truck driving were overwhelming for Cascio.

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