Born in Kansas, to a a small town devoted to remembering The Wizard of Oz (parks, museums, etc...). I believe it's memorabilia has probably deteriorated by now, but I still remember it well, myself.
Moved all over the US from 2nd grade to 6th, learning lessons of humility, that have been lost to my own ego now. I harvested right from wrong by often being victim to cruel games kids play. Still, I loved them and wanted their friendship.
At some point, I found one great friend, Dusty Richards, who convinced me to get a guitar for Christmas. This was when we were in 7th grade. If I hadn't met him, I honestly doubt I'd be playing at all today.
Dusty and I learned to play our instruments together - although he was writing music while I was focusing more on just playing guitar - we progressed together, and it was a great time. We soon had a band going. The names changed as often as the members, and I always thought we were destined for greatness. Looking pitfall-odds right in the face, never blinking, and sung our hearts out. It was a great time in my life.
Almost a decade later, I'd become a "singer-songwriter" myself, although I still dislike the title. Dusty and I are still best friends, but taking different paths musically now - and enjoying each others' view.
For the last two years, I've been playing at the best cafe, possibly ever created, The Grind Coffeehouse, in downtown Vancouver, WA (USA). David and Melissa, the owners, are like family and I couldn't have gotten luckier in getting a weekly gig. I can play anything I feel (originals only though, the only rule that has muscle) and often find myself talking to audience members for too long, forgetting I should be playing them music. There's always interesting people that walk in - and I love to reap the benefits.
As for songs, my influences range from Motown, to Incubus, to Michael Buble, to Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, Paul Curreri, Devon Sproule, Wallpaper, etc...
I like to think it's eclectic. But my biggest hope is that I'm writing something that can move someone the same way these artist's have moved me. Paying it forward.
I obviously ain't doing it for money, or I'd be the dumbest businessman ever. But it's more of a therapy. And one I get to share. I love doing this.