Indie, Pop, Rock
From: Joliet, IL, United States

About Artist

For most of my life I have been a musician. And for most of my life I have been drawn to the stage. From simple high school talent shows to run of the mill cover bands, I have pursued the spotlight relentlessly. It’s an obsession really. A driving force that never lets up. It speaks to me, engages me, and helps me to escape the mire of everyday life. It is my sanctuary.

We were first introduced when I was eight when I began messing around on my mothers piano but it wasn’t until I joined the Army at age seventeen that I really started taking it seriously. Purchasing a top of the line Yamaha keyboard, I spent the next two years letting my creative energy flow, dreaming of the day that I would stand on stage in front of thousands of people playing the music I had written. The thing is, unless you were Elton John or Billy Joel, keyboards were really limited.

What I wanted was to be like Nikki Sixx or Gene Simmons, playing hard driving music that thundered through vast auditoriums. I wanted to pounce on the stage unhindered, taking out my aggression in the most primal of instruments. Ditching the keys, I immediately grew comfortable with the elongated neck of the bass and in no time had mastered such anthems as “Round and Round,” “Strutter,” and “Dr. Feelgood.” But it wasn’t enough. I wanted more. Not happy with learning other peoples music I began to move away from doing covers and focused on writing my own. There was only one thing standing in my way: my voice.

Because of the inconceivably high vocal range of the decadent ‘80’s I never believed I would ever become the quintessential front man but when a new sound emerged out of Seattle a whole new world opened up to me. Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Soundgarden showed me a side of music that I never knew existed. The lyrics were solid and thought provoking. The image was subdued and generalized. But what was most important to me was that it was something I could sing to.

Knowing that it was time to take my skills to the next level, I went to the local music store and picked up a cheap, shallow body Ovation guitar. Unlike bass and keyboards, this was extremely difficult. For months I worked on perfecting my skills, playing until my fingers were just a mottle mess of bleeding callouses but what emerged was a sound similar to that of Incubus; acoustic rock infused with a touch of Lenny Kravitz, Live, and Smashing Pumpkins. Although it was a huge departure from my heavy metal foundation, I knew that this was indeed my true direction.

Throughout the years I have made it a point to create music that is both cerebral and captivating. Themes such as drug abuse, adultery, and the hypocrisy of everyday society helped forge a fresh and exciting sound far beyond the stagnate tones of mainstream entertainment. With two CD's under my belt and two more in production I have reached a point that only few independent artists dream of; to be on the leading edge of success.

Thank you America. See you on the road.

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