I received a Vocal Music Scholarship from Wayne State University in Detroit, Then promptly changed my mind the week before school started, Couldn't make myself commit to singing classical music, Instead I just performed with the vocal jazz group at Wayne and studied jazz voice with April Tini
Nothing yet, I need to start working on something soon or I'll lose my mind. I had been doing a solo acoustic act in Chicago the last two years. Mostly just ridiculously fun cover gigs. I wouldn't mind some more of that.
I just moved into town and need some gigs.
My big thing is performing live. Love being on stage, love being in front of an audience., Whether I'm playing a solo acoustic show, or playing with a band, it's all good to me.
I play guitar. My electric guitar, which I love is a Gibson Les Paul Double Cut.
To name a few....Radiohead, Wilco, Muse, Killers
However they did have my singing in some rather excellent choral groups, at some nice places like the Detroit Orchestra Hall, the Pontiac Silverdome for the World Cup Opening Ceremonies, and many, many other places and events. I also ended up doing quite a bit of theatre, and have been in at least 10 shows. There may have been more...but it's tough to keep track of sometimes.
But sadly no guitar until I was 19.
So after learning three or four chords on guitar I decided I was ready to start a band. And so I did.
Two bands and ten years later, I had played hundreds of shows around the Midwest, met countless people who influenced my life immeasurably, and landed at Guitar Center.
Along the way I went from being a kid who just had an acoustic guitar and a DI box, to being a bigger kid with a massive pedal board (and pedals on the floor surrounding it), a double cut Gibson Les Paul to go along with my acoustic, a Fender Twin, and all kinds of other musical toys.
Over the past couple of years, most of my shows have been solo acoustic. I've also developed my looping skills quite a bit over the years. I started off with a single Boss RC20. Then I decided I wanted to loop my voice on a separate loop, so I picked up the Digitech JamMan Stereo Looper. THEN...I really wanted to be able to have multiple guitar loops I could call up one at a time, so I bought the Boss RC50. This allowed me to have three different tracks for my guitar loop. It really opened up all kinds of possibilities to what I could pull off live. My last purchase, was the Boss RC300.
To be honest...I probably didn't need the RC300. But oh well. At the very least, it's presence on stage is rather intimidating.
With these looping pedals, what I like to do is recreate different popular (and not so popular) songs with the loops. Not all songs are going to be conducive to it, but when it works...it's pretty cool. I could go on for quite a bit about the process involved...but I've already typed too much.
I moved to Chicago from the Detroit area in July of 2010. After two glorious years with the great crew of Central Chicago, I decided to take it a step further and take on the Sales and Training Manager job at the Hollywood store in August of 2012.
After eight crazy months running around Hollywood, I accepted the Store Manager position at the
Guitar Center in
Northern Nevada has been amazing so far! It's completely gorgeous, the weather is wonderful, and the people are fantastic.
I've already met so many people, and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone else.
Feel free to ask for me when you come into the store.