From: KS, United States
Genre: Latin, Smooth Jazz, R & B
It all started when I was 12 years old, my dad bought me my first guitar. It had one string, but I was thrilled to death. I knew I wanted to be in a band and I was determined to do whatever it took to learn how to play. I played my first gig in high school as a freshman, with my brother and friends. After that, I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. When I graduated from high school I joined my first real professional band and actually got paid to play. After that, I joined several other top 40 bands, knowing my real passion was in heavy metal 80’s hair bands. At that time, Motley Crew, Poison, Ratt, and so on were the big stars. My brother and I started a band called Leather Toys and Bad Gypsy that had a pretty successful run in the 80’s. Then once Nirvana came out, we were done. In all my years of playing I never thought I would give up on my dream. I was tired and burnt out of playing music. Selling all my guitars and playing my last gig in 1995, I came to a dead end. 14 years later, my son Justin asked me if I could help him learn some songs from Guitar Hero on the guitar. I wasn’t thrilled about it at first, but of course I was going to help my son. One thing led to another and I started picking up my guitar more and more everyday. I started writing music again, but this time it had a twist to it. As years went by and I grew older, my taste in music had changed. I still love rock, but I found myself playing easy listening, smooth jazz, Latin, and other types of music coming from within my soul. One year later, I’m ready to drop my first solo CD entitled “Listen”. And I’m finding my love for music all over again.