My love for music was born during my formative years from the need to divert my attention from a difficult situation. Only through music was I able to lose myself and find a sense of comfort—from then on, I was hooked.
In order to fuel my new found addiction, and at the ripe age of 14, I signed up for a CD club and ordered Dave Matthews Band, Matchbox Twenty, Jewel (don't judge), Eric Clapton and a few others. They all influenced me, but the more I listened to Dave Matthews Band, the more they changed
my attitude towards music.
That same year, my parents bought me a guitar. I would sit for hours listening to DMB's album, "Crash" and try to play along. Little did I know, that I was trying to teach myself to play some of the most difficult and complex music around—especially for a novice. But I stuck with it and eventually decided to take a few lessons to supplement my teachings (where I also learned the "circle of fifths," and that a "triad" is not a just gang reference), although quickly fell bored with the rigid lesson plans and went back to learning on my own.
A few years later, I took a creative writing class to kill time in high school, and help me hone in on what I had not done yet—write lyrics. The music came naturally when I began putting words to notes and chords. Now granted, there was a lot of elementary, "cat, bat, hat" rhyming and the typical lyrics that come from being an awkward, overweight 17 year old kid trying to win the attention of the ladies, but it was a start!
Along the way, I also began to find my voice—which sounded like nails on a chalkboard until Mother Nature kicked in. My voice matured into a powerful tenor, and in my early twenties, I began taking lessons with an opera singer to learn how to use it properly. I was performing a lot of covers by the bands I idolized, and in time (and with a lot of practice), found my range. Like the typical singer/songwriters, I debuted my talents at a coffeehouse open mic.
Coffeehouse open mics led to regular gigs at bars, restaurants and private shows. It's been a challenge over the years, and I'm extremely grateful to be in a position now where I can focus on music as a full-time career. I feel I have come into my own in writing songs that are thought-provoking, engaging and play to my strengths. My ultimate goal is to shape words and music into a structured group that hopefully turns into a song that you enjoy.
The number of people who have touched my life is incalculable and unfortunately, not all of them are here for me to thank. A handful of those people have pushed me to take my music to another level and I hope I am meeting expectations. Aside from my unparalleled friends and family, music is the lifeblood of my existence and I'll work as hard as I can to keep the music that I write as authentic and as meaningful as possible. Now this may mean that I'll take the Damien Rice approach and release a new record every 417 years because I'm never satisfied with my own work, but hopefully it works out for the best :)