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 writing my first song and becoming totally hooked.
Music became everything after that, and 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 bachelor’s degree, then a master’s 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 was always suspect, but we had a great 15 year run with two albums under our belts and a pile of amazing memories.
Now, I am writing, recording, and producing on my own. I have taken my most successful song, my cover version of the Christmas classic Snow Miser and Heat Mister, which has been downloaded over 15, 000 times in the last ten years and streamed over 300,000 times in the last five years, and have built an entire album of Christmas songs around it. The album contains four originals and seven covers, and it pretty much is a garage band meets classic and modern rock kind of thing.
I feel blessed to be able to enjoy and share music with everyone, and I am thankful for all that music has brought to my life; music is so much more than money and fame. Don't get me wrong, if the money and fame ever came my way, I wouldn't complain, but it isn’t the main reason I do this. You are reading this and listening to my songs because I love music, and I write and record because it is my passion. All the best to you and may music bring you as much happiness as it has me!