I have been writing and performing music all my life, and at this point, that is a long, long time. I guess it all started with my mom. My first musical memories are listening and crying to scary music she brought home from her job at a local record company. Soon, I was singing himself (and my family) to sleep each night. Later, I took saxophone lessons at school, but had to stop because I couldn't stand the smell of my teacher's breath, or the huge gobs of saliva surged from my lips. When I was ten, I began piano lessons but eventually quit when I got tired of playing John Phillip Sousa marches and 30's ballroom dance tunes. I finally ended up training as a jazz guitarist for several years with a series of teachers. I love to sing, so I started writing songs as soon as I could play a few chords. I've been at it ever since.
When I was 15, I started performing with a four-piece band at weddings and other events. Emboldened by that experience, I took on a tougher crowd, the nuns at my high school. Somehow, I had the hutzpah or just plain ignorance to play Bobby Darin's "If I Was A Carpenter", a thinly veiled attempt to romanticize the life of Jesus, which I realized when I heard these words as they escaped from my lips: "If I were a carpenter and you were a lady, would you marry me anyway, would you have my baby." To my surprise and good fortune, the only reaction I got besides the swooning girls in the front row was a thin smile from Sister Elizabeth. At 16, I began playing my own songs in local "underground" coffee shops. Over the next ten years, I played in several progressive rock, pop and R&B bands, and was even invited to audition for the legendary Bar-Kays after the plane crash that claimed the lives of some of the group.
Over the next couple of decades, my focus switched to raising a family - four boys. However, I continued to write songs and began the slow process of assembling recording equipment. For the next ten years, I struggled with the technology, and eventually discovered that I was trying to do things with the equipment that it was no able to do. Eventually, with time, experience and training with Berklee College of Music and others, I built a commercial recording studio. Not long after it was built, I fell in love with the beauty of Ojai, California and moved myself and all my studio stuff there. Soon, I opened a commercial recording studio with my partners catering to local artists and LA-based movie production companies. I also performed in local venues and later, up and down the West coast. In 2012, I took a cross-country tour in my old RV, performing in Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, several small towns in the Midwest. After nine months on the road, I parked my RV in the Palm Springs, CA area and spent the next three years performing there. Finally, in 2015 I headed northwest to Ojai, CA where I now live and perform in local venues.
In addition to my live performances, I compose music for film and TV productions. To date, my music has appeared in several cable TV shows including Kourtney and Khloe` (Kardashian) Take Miami, as well as independent films and more than 140 student shorts at colleges around the U.S.
Along the way I have been blessed to receive the following awards for my work:
- ASCAP Plus Award 2011 & 2012
- UK National Songwriting Contest, Finalist 2011
- Southern California Music Awards, 2006, Best Male Vocalist
- Billboard Song Contest Winner, November 2006
- VH-1 Save the Planet, Song of the Year Award, 2004 & 2005
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