My music education began with violin at the age of 4. I played in a youth ensemble that would occasionally perform. Violin would quickly become my main focus and took up a lot of my time as a kid. I attended Manhattan School of Music Prepatory in middle school.
Everything changed when I picked up guitar in high school. I played in some bands but was mostly obsessive about figuring out the licks and chords to my favorite tunes. I remember being entranced by the fingerpicking style. This is around the time that I had begun singing. I had always sang, but I remember starting to really give it an effort and becoming more confident in the sound of my own voice.
I had taken a departure from music in college to pursue a degree in graphic design. I never stopped playing, but music had taken a backseat to art assignments and all the rigors that come with an undergrad lifestyle, academic and otherwise. But my art student life was short lived. I dropped out after 2 years and moved to NYC to work and figure out my life. I started taking some music classes in 2003 for voice and guitar. It’s then that I met Kevin Burke who was my first formal voice instructor. I had mentioned to him that I intended to apply to New School University as a guitar major. Kevin convinced me that I had a real shot as a singer. Shortly afterward, I was accepted to the program as a vocalist. While at NSU, I had the honor and pleasure of studying with Amy London, Janet Lawson, Jay Clayton, Junior Mance, and Billie Harper.
A few years had passed since I graduated from NSU and I found myself bartending and paying the bills but sadly, there was no music in my life. In the summer 2011, I formed a folk-rock band called The Gantry with one of my bar regulars. I got to stretch out as a lead guitarist and did backing vocals. We hustled in the NYC music scene, becoming regular fixtures at Arlene’s, Pianos, rockwood, mercury lounge, eventually performing 2 shows at the Bowery Ballroom. I cut my teeth on those stages and went on 2 independently funded tours that included performances at Campfire Fest, SXSW, CBGB Fest, and Music Fest. During my time in the band, I learned the process of shaping a song. I developed a sense of managing, booking, branding and all the things that go into making a passion project into an actual, working band.
After we broke up The Gantry, I felt a strong desire to get back into singing. In the fall of 2018, I began paying music every day with the goal of getting myself back in “performance shape”.