After three years as the Senior Voice Instructor at The Autry Music Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., he is currently the owner of his own studio "The Source" in Deerfield Beach, Fl. and he still performs as a solo artist and conducts Singers Workshops for aspiring artists. Having aquired international recognition as a vocal performer of note. Gene has performed on the stages of Acapulco, Tokyo, Bangkok, Singapore, Aruba, Curacao and Buenos Aires, to name a few, as well as major U. S. cities. To date, he has two albums to his credit, "Time Wounds All Heels" and "The 23rd Psalm", the latter containing the highly acclaimed title song that while being performed at the 1984 National Baptist Convention musical in Los Angeles, received a standing ovation by some 6,000 listeners. His writing has also found success in the musical theater where he wrote, produced, directed and orchestrated the musical "The Tie That Binds". His 70s album "Time Wounds All Heels", has over the decades become a collectors item in the United Kingdom, and has spawned a re-release of two of the most popular cuts as a single. Gene is a graduate of Florida A & M University, where he majored in vocal music, with concentrated study in choral methods and techniques, composition, orchestration, music theory and voice. During his tenure there, his activities included being spokesman and arranger for the University Quartet, vocalist for the University Jazz Band, soloist for the Opera Guild and Concert Choir, and a member of the KAPPA ALPHA PSI Fraternity. Gene founded The Gene Townsel Studio of Theatrical and Musical Arts where such artists as "Scat Man" Crothers and Marques Houston of "Immature" now "IMX" were regular clients. He also founded The Balance Town Music Publishing and Production Company, and The Artists Against Drug Abuse Program in Los Angeles California. As a vocal coach/teacher to professional and aspiring artists for over 40 years, Gene has used his experience as an Internationally Acclaimed Singer and his formal training (Florida A&M University) as a vocal music major, to help his students develop the tools necessary to be competitive in the industry. Some of his more notable students are Academy Award Nominee, Margaret Avery ("Sug" Avery/Color Purple), Verdell Brown (Keyboardist with Gladys Knight) and Damon Hines (Lethal Weapon) and has arranged scores for "Moesha" star Sheryl Lee Ralph at the beginning of her career while performing in Japan. .In 1997 while still residing in Los Angeles, Broward County Florida declared a day in his honor "Gene Townsel Appreciation Day".
Gene has had a long and successful career as a top-draw entertainer from L.A. to N.Y to Asia. Gene has performed with and done back up vocals for the likes of Dusty Springfield, Lou Rawls, opened for Bobby Bland and many others. He has done arrangements for many well known entertainers including "Zola Taylor's Platters".
Gene, having answered the call into the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been the Pastor of Worship and Music & Arts Ministry at the Bible Way Fellowship Baptist Church in Houston Texas, and is also in demand as a singer, vocal instructor, arranger and conductor of workshops on church music across the nation. Gene, after having served the Los Angeles community for over 24 years and the Houston Community for 3 years, has established "The Source" in Deerfield Beach Florida. "The Source" is a Church Supplies and Services Company, which is a dealer for Murphy Choir and Pulpit Robes in South Florida. Currently Gene is
establishing "The Source Christian Fellowship", a new ministry that God has called him to; it's mission being to bring focus to Jesus Christ as the "Author and Source of eternal salvation to those who give heed and obey Him."(Hebrews 5:9) On the musical front, Gene's latest major work, an oratorio entitled "Hark The Anointed Comes" is the story of the birth of Jesus Christ scored for chorus, solo voices, and orchestra with narrative, and was most recently performed on December 23, 2002 at the Bible Way Fellowship Baptist Church in Houston Texas to enthusiastic applause.