I began singing at age 6 and played trombone in jr. high and high school. I was very fortunate to be a part of a terrific high school music program and studied with some heavyweights including Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, the Air Force Jazz Band and the Army Brass Quintet among others. Our high school marching band received Straight Superiors every year in contests and we were known for our innovative halftime shows. Our Wind Ensemble studied with a former Chicago Symphony conductor. It was here I developed a deep appreciation for classical music. High School jazz band was a lot of fun, too.
At 17 I started playing guitar and writing songs. Along with some high school friends we started a Christian alternative rock band. We did all original music and toured locally and regionally for 4 years.
I was a music major in college, studying voice and continuing with classical and jazz. When I first heard our college Chorale I was blown away by those a Capella sounds and knew I had to join them, which I did the following year. The summers I would go back home and play with the alternative rock band.
After college I delayed my move to Nashville to help my brother with his blossoming career as a race car driver. Although he was quite an accomplished go-kart racer, his first stock car race at age 13 ended in a crash on the first lap. He was quite depressed about it, especially since he was crashed out by a novice driver, ruining his chance for a win. So to cheer him up I wrote my first Country song- a high-energy 12 bar blues boogie.
I am now primarily focused on writing Country, although I do indie singer/songwriter stuff as well.