Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in the suburbs of Southern NJ. About 30 minutes from Philadelphia and an hour from the Jersey shore. I started playing guitar at the age of 12 and never looked back. I love writing music and performing.
You learned to play the family organ at an early age and got your first guitar at age 12. Was a music career always in the cards for you or is it something that developed over time?
I always had a dream of playing music as a career. It was just tough when I was younger because I didn’t have much money to record, promote, and/or tour for my music. I took the typical college route, earned a Business degree, and began working. However, after 6 years in the corporate world, I discovered my true passion for creating and performing music. I wasn’t happy with the position I was in, and I came to the decision not to let another day go by without giving my best effort to pursue a career in music.
What did you learn from your time in the band you formed in college, “Whiskey Train”?
I learned a lot about the music industry, booking shows, managing oneself and band members, etc. There is a lot of other elements that go with making music besides just writing and performing. Whiskey Train has helped me hone my sound and live performance confidence while gaining recording experience and an understanding of music marketing.
How have you evolved since your first solo album, “More To Do” in 2012?
Since “More To Do” I have spent 6 years in the corporate world learning about business relations, sales, customer service, and meeting and attaining goals. I have grown a lot from being in a business environment, and the years working in that industry has helped me with my music career. Everything I have learned I can apply to what I am doing now. The only difference is that I am now doing what I love, and not just showing up to perform a job that doesn’t give me any fulfillment.
How would you describe your musical style?
Southern Rock and Alt-Country. I have influences of Classic Rock and Reggae as well.
You returned to music after a 5-year hiatus with the single, “American Soldier”. What can you tell us about this song and how important is it for you to honor the troops who protect our freedom every day?
American Soldier is a very important song with a lot of meaning. To the men and women who make/have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our rights, freedoms, and desires to pursue a path in life of our choosing…thank you!! They are the true heroes. Especially in the US, we are so fortunate. I sometimes think people forget how lucky we are. There is so much to be grateful for. This country was built and still stands because of the brave men and women who have died to protect our way of life.
One quote by FDR sums it up pretty good, “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” This song is for our veterans and those that still serve. They are the ones that put their life on the line, and I am grateful and honored for their service and commitment.
In addition, it is a song that promotes individual strength in the face of adversity. I started writing American Soldier about someone dealing with a personal challenge: depression, addiction, illness, the loss of a loved one, PTSD, etc. and it turned into a ‘never give up’ USA anthem. At the core of the song, however, the message is in finding inner strength and mental toughness to keep moving forward no matter what.
American Soldier is a song to commemorate our heroes and to send a positive message to those struggling. Anyone facing adversity can find strength and hope to make it though. An “American Soldier” mentality can give someone the motivation to keep moving forward.
As mentioned, you took a bit of a hiatus for the past 5 years. What brought you back to the spotlight?
My passion for writing and performing music has brought me back. There is nothing like writing a song and having it connect with so many people. I want to make a difference with the time I have left, and music is a way for me to connect with people and make a difference.
What’s next for your career? Do you have any plans for an EP or full-length album?
I plan to releases another single by the end of summer and release an album in mid-2020.
What advice would you give to aspiring singers/songwriters?
Follow your dreams. If there is something you want, be true to who you are and go after it with everything you have. Write your goals down and follow them with massive action. Eliminate naysayers and negative influences.
What’s your life like outside of music?
I enjoy spending time with friends and family, going to the shore, hanging with my dog Mack, and attending sporting events and concerts.
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