Singer - songwriter, recording artist (audio and video), performer, author, and political activist.
Winston began playing drums in rock bands while he was in high school. As his interest in song-writing began to develop, he switched to keyboards and then guitar.
His song "Shoot 'em Up, Cowboy" garnered a record deal with Monument Records and spent 9 weeks on Record World's singles chart, despite the fact that Monuments distribution deal with Phonogram ended the week after it was released. Monument kept him under contract for several more years, but failed to obtain another distribution deal.
After leaving Monument, Winston signed with Mad Dog Records in Kansas City. An album was recorded in LA and KC, but Mad Dog went out of business before the album could be mixed and mastered.
In 1985, Winston dusted off his college degree and took a position in the social studies department of his alma mater (Van Horn High School). He spent the next 20 years educating the youth of America. At one time or another, Winston taught every subject within the discipline of social studies: government, economics, psychology, sociology, geography, and both world and American history.
In the fall of 2003, Winston published a book on public education: Edutopia: A Manifesto for the Reform of Public Education with nineteen specific reform proposals with the general theme of deregulating public education to give students a broad range of meaningful choices with regard to the nature of their educational experience. The book was enthusiasticlly received by both students and teachers.
Winston resumed writing songs and recording in 1999. After retiring from teaching in 2005, he began to devote more and more time to writing, recording, and doing videos for his songs. He was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in March of 2015.
In March of 2014, Winston (influenced by Benjamin Franklin's observation that "Well done is better than well said.") decided to run for office. He lost his first election by 21 votes, but remained politically active, working through the Sierra Club and The Climate Reality Project (receiving training as a Climate Reality Leader in May of 2015).