I don't believe my story is a whole lot different from any other musician's story. I discovered the guitar at the age of 10 and puttered around on it for about four years before jamming with my first band and becoming totally hooked.
Music became everything after that. School kind of fell to the wayside as I was so sure I would be the "next big thing." After barely graduating from high school, I embarked on my career to stardom.
Well, "stardom" took me into many cheesy dives to play in front of about 10 drunk people (on a good night) for a couple of rounds of beer. It also brought me a lot of rejection and "you ain't got it kid" comments. So, soon after leaving high school I did the smartest thing I could have ever done--I went back to school, which led to a bachelors degree, then a masters degree, and a whole new way of thinking and seeing things. Education rocks!
Along the way, I put out a Christmas CD called "Santa's Rockin' Band" and then formed a band, Half-Hour Late, with some of my best friends. Our musicianship has always been suspect, but 15 years and two albums later, we are still sharing beers, eating pizzas, jamming in the basement, playing the odd gig as long as it looks like it is fun, and generally having an absolute blast.
I feel blessed to be able to enjoy and share music with my best friends, and I am thankful for a certain clarity that they have helped to give me; music is about fun more than it is money and fame. Don't get me wrong, if the money and fame ever came my way, I wouldn't complain, but it really doesn't matter too much. I do this whole music thing because I love it, and I write and record because it is my passion.
My latest CD "All I Want is Hope" is my second self-produced album and second one with Half-Hour Late. We are a guitar rock band who simply likes to have a lot of fun with our music and that definitely comes out in the album. We never take ourselves too seriously, yet we do have a few moments of introspection in some of the songs. Music is a very powerful medium and has the ability to transcend on occasion.
Through the years, my Santa's Rockin' Band release has been steadily selling every Christmas with the Snow Miser/Heat Miser track being the most popular. That track alone has been downloaded over 14,000 times from iTunes and Amazon since 2006. Gotta love Christmas!
Anyway, that is about it for me. I wish you all the best, and a sincere thanks for logging in and checking out my site. Please feel free to drop me a line and say "hi."